International Journal of Geophysics

Landslides and Geophysical Investigations: Advantages and Limitations

Publishing date
01 Apr 2019
Submission deadline
30 Nov 2018

Lead Editor

1University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

2Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

3University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

4Chengdu University of Technology, Sichuan, China

Landslides and Geophysical Investigations: Advantages and Limitations


Geohazards are the most relevant processes that can damage or increase the risk of human beings, properties, critical and transport infrastructures, and environment itself. They also could involve the interruption of human activities. Among all the natural occurrences, landslides may be regarded as one of the most relevant damaging processes. Even though the catastrophic impact of landslides is not totally unavoidable, it can be significantly reduced increasing the capacity to assess and predict the risks and using different methods of mitigation. In the past years, many 2D and 3D numerical modelling methods have been designed and developed to assess slope stability, to predict response to triggers, to evaluate the slope deformation pattern evolution, and to perform back-analysis simulations. Nevertheless, such models still require access to detailed knowledge of the geological, mechanical, and hydrological properties of landslides and boundary conditions. Therefore, accurate geological field surveys have to be integrated by means of low-cost and noninvasive techniques, like the geophysical ones, to collect widespread data with the aim to reconstruct a suitable geological and hydrogeological model of the area, improving the reliability of deterministic model.

This special issue will be dedicated to landslides and geophysics and will make an effort to collect the current knowledge on recent developments and innovative applications of geophysical techniques (active and passive seismic, electrical methods, and microgravity) that contribute to understanding landslides phenomena. Moreover, contributions on the reliable constrictions of engineering-geological models and on the optimization of stability analysis outputs and stabilization plans by means of noninvasive techniques are mainly encouraged. Submissions on the advantages and limitations of mapping and characterizing landslides by means of low-cost techniques, like the geophysical approaches, are also solicited with special reference to different geomorphological context or in developing countries.

In this special issue, interested authors are encouraged to submit their unpublished contributions as original, state‐of-the‐art research, and review papers involving an in-depth and detailed examination of a representative subject of study.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Benefits and drawbacks of mapping and characterizing landslides by means of low-cost techniques
  • Electrical resistivity tomography and/or induced polarization tomography
  • Active and passive seismic slope characterization
  • Time-lapse and 4D landslides monitoring
  • Self-potential landslides monitoring and rainfall interaction
  • Slope modelling
  • Rockfall seismic monitoring and modelling
  • Constrictions of engineering-geological models
  • Stability analysis
  • Geophysical mapping and characterization of geological, geotechnical, and hydrogeological landslides parameters


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8732830
  • - Editorial

Landslides and Geophysical Investigations: Advantages and Limitations

S. Morelli | S. Utili | ... | X. Fan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2983087
  • - Review Article

A Review of the Advantages and Limitations of Geophysical Investigations in Landslide Studies

Veronica Pazzi | Stefano Morelli | Riccardo Fanti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 7982562
  • - Research Article

3D Mafic Topography of the Transition Zone between the North-Western Boundary of the Congo Craton and the Kribi-Campo Sedimentary Basin from Gravity Inversion

Sévérin Nguiya | Willy Lemotio | ... | Evariste Ngatchou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5438381
  • - Research Article

The Mitla Landslide, an Event That Changed the Fate of a Mixteco/Zapoteco Civilization in Mesoamerica

V. H. Garduño-Monroy | A. Figueroa-Soto | ... | V. M. Hernández-Madrigal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9383189
  • - Research Article

HVSR Analysis of Rockslide Seismic Signals to Assess the Subsoil Conditions and the Site Seismic Response

Alessia Lotti | Veronica Pazzi | ... | Giovanni Gigli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1641789
  • - Research Article

Integrated Geophysical-Geological 3D Model of the Right-Bank Slope Downstream from the Rogun Dam Construction Site, Tajikistan

Hans-Balder Havenith | Isakbek Torgoev | Anatoli Ischuk
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