Probabilistic analysis of landslide potential of an inclined uniform soil layer of infinite length: Application

Jinn Chyi Chen, Chyan Deng Jan

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An extended probabilistic model that is a modification of the Chen et al. (2007,) model for evaluating the failure probability of an inclined soil layer with an infinite length was developed in the present paper, and then applied to evaluate the occurrence probability of landslide-related debris flow in Tungmen gully located in the eastern Taiwan, which occurred a devastating debris flow in 1990. The statistical properties of hydrogeological parameters were collected and summarized, and then used to evaluate the landslide-related debris-flow probabilities at various relative water depths for Tungmen gully by using the probabilistic model. Under the assumption that the soil is saturated, the soil's cohesion is negligible and the specific gravity of the solid particles of soils is a constant, a simplified probabilistic critical slope equation for the stability of an infinite slope of soils was also developed, and used to estimate the occurrence probability of debris flow. The result shows that probabilistic landslide analysis for an infinite slope could provide a suitable approximation for the risk analysis of debris flow mobilization at a given gully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1175-1183
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Geology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Soil Science


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