Universal Journal of Geoscience Vol. 4(6), pp. 117 - 121
DOI: 10.13189/ujg.2016.040601
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Slope Stability Analysis through Integration of Ground Measurements and Remote Sensing Data


Ureel S. D. *, Momayez M. , Liu Y.
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona, USA

ABSTRACT

Slope failures and shallow landslides occur due to shallow subsurface flow convergence, soil saturation and shear strength reduction following a heavy rainfall. The semi-arid environment of southern Arizona (AZ) experiences a significant increase in precipitation during the summer. As a result, the soil moisture increases the potential for slope failure due to water table fluctuation and pore pressure escalation. In this paper, the relationship between soil moisture distribution and topography information (slope angle, topography wetness index) is examined using the topography wetness index, NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) images and cokriging. Using the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) generated from remote sensing images, the slope stability analysis is performed in a typical semi-arid environment area using data from the Waternut Gulch Experimental Watershed in Tombstone, AZ. Conclusions and future research are provided at the end of the paper.

KEYWORDS
Remote Sensing, Slope Stability, Soil Moisture, Cokriging, Wetness Index

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Ureel S. D. , Momayez M. , Liu Y. , "Slope Stability Analysis through Integration of Ground Measurements and Remote Sensing Data," Universal Journal of Geoscience, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp. 117 - 121, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujg.2016.040601.

(b). APA Format:
Ureel S. D. , Momayez M. , Liu Y. (2016). Slope Stability Analysis through Integration of Ground Measurements and Remote Sensing Data. Universal Journal of Geoscience, 4(6), 117 - 121. DOI: 10.13189/ujg.2016.040601.