Ecological mitigation of hillslope instability: ten key issues facing researchers and practitioners

Stokes, Alexia; Douglas, Grant B.; Fourcaud, Thierry; Giadrossich, Filippo; Gillies, Clayton; Hubble, Thomas; Kim, John H.; Loades, Kenneth W.; Mao, Zhun; McIvor, Ian R.; Mickovski, Slobodan B.; Mitchell, Stephen; Osman, Normaniza; Phillips, Chris; Poesen, Jean; Polster, Dave; Preti, Federico; Raymond, Pierre; Rey, Freddy; Schwarz, Massimiliano; ... (2014). Ecological mitigation of hillslope instability: ten key issues facing researchers and practitioners Plant and Soil, 377(1-2), pp. 1-23. Springer 10.1007/s11104-014-2044-6

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Background Plants alter their environment in a number of ways. With correct management, plant communities can positively impact soil degradation processes such as surface erosion and shallow landslides. However, there are major gaps in our understanding of physical and ecological processes on hillslopes, and the application of research to restoration and engineering projects. Scope To identify the key issues of concern to researchers and practitioners involved in designing and implementing projects to mitigate hillslope instability, we organized a discussion during the Third International Conference on Soil Bio- and Eco-Engineering: The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability, Vancouver, Canada, July 2012. The facilitators asked delegates to answer three questions: (i) what do practitioners need from science? (ii) what are some of the key knowledge gaps? (iii) what ideas do you have for future collaborative research projects between practitioners and researchers? From this discussion, ten key issues were identified, considered as the kernel of future studies concerning the impact of vegetation on slope stability and erosion processes. Each issue is described and a discussion at the end of this paper addresses how we can augment the use of ecological engineering techniques for mitigating slope instability. Conclusions We show that through fundamental and applied research in related fields (e.g., soil formation and biogeochemistry, hydrology and microbial ecology), reliable data can be obtained for use by practitioners seeking adapted solutions for a given site. Through fieldwork, accessible databases, modelling and collaborative projects, awareness and acceptance of the use of plant material in slope restoration projects should increase significantly, particularly in the civil and geotechnical communities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional forest management

Name:

Stokes, Alexia;
Douglas, Grant B.;
Fourcaud, Thierry;
Giadrossich, Filippo;
Gillies, Clayton;
Hubble, Thomas;
Kim, John H.;
Loades, Kenneth W.;
Mao, Zhun;
McIvor, Ian R.;
Mickovski, Slobodan B.;
Mitchell, Stephen;
Osman, Normaniza;
Phillips, Chris;
Poesen, Jean;
Polster, Dave;
Preti, Federico;
Raymond, Pierre;
Rey, Freddy;
Schwarz, Massimiliano and
Walker, Lawrence R.

Subjects:

G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QE Geology
S Agriculture > SD Forestry

ISSN:

0032-079X

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Lutz

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2019 10:03

Last Modified:

10 Dec 2019 10:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11104-014-2044-6

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.8436

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8436

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