Identifying the Vulnerability of Earthen Levees to Slump Slides using Geotechnical and Geomorphological Parameters
CommitteeAanstoos, James V.
Truax, Dennis D.
The main goal of this research is to investigate vulnerability of levees to future slump slides. In the first part, polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) imagery is used as input in an automated classification system for characterizing areas on the levee having anomalies. In addition, a set of in-situ soil data is collected to provide detailed soil properties over the study area. In-situ soil properties of different classes characterized by the classifier are analyzed to determine how similarities between different areas. The second part, a database including of 34 slump slides that occurred in the lower Mississippi River levee system over a period of two years is used. The impacts of rainfall as well as several spatial geometrical and geomorphological variables (including channel width, river sinuosity index, riverbank erosion, channel shape condition and distance to river) are analyzed and tested for significance and used for developing a logistic regression model.