Monitoring potential hazardous rock walls and slopes in mountain regions (MOREXPERT)

MOREXPERT investigates short and medium term responses of slope stability to climatic changes in high alpine rock walls. The study contributes to the question how man and infrastructure at risk are potentially affected by these responses. Based on a combination of geophysical and geotechnical methods, surface and subsurface conditions are monitored within the study area at Kitzsteinhorn (3.204m), Hohe Tauern. Factors controlling slope stability in steep bedrock, most notably freeze/thaw and permafrost dynamics, are identified and analyzed with respect to changing climatic conditions.  The fundamental goal of MOREXPERT is to develop a general decision-support-system (DSS) for slope stability assessment in steep bedrock. Due to its flexible structure the DSS is intended to be adaptable for the application in rock walls of other regions. MOREXPERT is funded by FFG, with U. Salzburg, Innsbruck, AlpS, GeoConsult and others.

Internal response: M. Krautblatter (TUM)