Characterization of Sobradinho landslide in fluvial valley using MASW and ERT methods

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Hussain, Yawar, Hamza, Omar, Cárdenas-Soto, Martín, Borges, Welitom Rodrigues, Dou, Jie, Rebolledo, Juan Félix Rodriguez and Prado, Renato Luiz 2020. Characterization of Sobradinho landslide in fluvial valley using MASW and ERT methods. REM: International Engineering Journal. 73 (4), pp. 487-497. https://doi.org/10.1590/0370-44672019730109
AuthorsHussain, Yawar, Hamza, Omar, Cárdenas-Soto, Martín, Borges, Welitom Rodrigues, Dou, Jie, Rebolledo, Juan Félix Rodriguez and Prado, Renato Luiz
Abstract

Landslides can substantially impact the fluvial systems, which is why the continuous mapping of their extent, evolution and stability assessment is crucial. However, in such environments, material identification (e.g. colluvium) and subsurface characterization by the methods used for geologic mapping and geotechnical investigation is often a challenging task. Thus, these classical invasive methods may benefit from geophysical techniques to enable and enhance our understanding of the subsurface in these areas. To examine such integrated approach, Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) combined with Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) were applied on a geomorphologically active fluvial valley in Sobradinho (the Federal District of Brazil). The subsurface materials showed a specific range of resistivity values as dry soil, saprolite, and landslide slip surface. The 1D shear wave velocity (Vs) model showed an increasing trend of Vs with depth at a location away from the landslide mass, while the longitudinal profile (over the landslide) showed an anomalous change in Vs (~ 250 to 400 m/sec). Based on the existing information about the landslide, the ERT appeared to be an effective method over MASW. This study shows how the integration of geophysical data with the geological and geotechnical investigation helps to obtain a more realistic or unambiguous model of the subsurface.

Keywordsfluvial valley; stratigraphic sections; dispersion curve; dipole-dipole array
Year2020
JournalREM: International Engineering Journal
Journal citation73 (4), pp. 487-497
PublisherFapUNIFESP (SciELO)
ISSN2448-167X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1590/0370-44672019730109
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625287
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Publication dates30 Sep 2020
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Accepted31 May 2020
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ContributorsClemson University, South Carolina, USA, University of Derby, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidade de Brasilia, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan and Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
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