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Introduction to Ecotechnological Solutions

  • Alexia Stokes
  • Joanne E. Norris
  • John R. Greenwood
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We introduce the terminology used in this book and outline the scientific principles behind the definitions given for ecotechnology, eco- and ground bio-engineering. We focus on the use of restoration and management techniques for slopes prone to shallow mass movement and erosion through natural events such as storms. The use of protection forests is discussed, along with their mechanical stability during wind storms, landslides and rockfall events. Which ecotechnological solution to use in any given situation is outlined, depending on the scale of the problem, economics and the consequences of action and inaction.

Keywords

eco-engineering ground bio-engineering landslides erosion rockfall storms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexia Stokes
    • 1
  • Joanne E. Norris
    • 2
  • John R. Greenwood
    • 3
  1. 1.INRAMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Halcrow Group Ltd.PeterboroughUK
  3. 3.School of Architecture, Design and Built EnvironmentNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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