Contribution of vegetation to the shearing resistance of soil

I. Simeonovski, J. Br. Papic, S. B. Mickovski, I. Pesevski

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Erosion and shallow landslides are the most common type of instabilities that occur during the life cycle of earth structures and the operation of traffic infrastructure. Vegetation has a significant contribution to their minimization, although we are still lacking a holistic approach to include the geo-ecological conditions and connect them with the hydro-meteorological hazards. Laboratory research was carried out to examine the relationship between the slope vegetation and the occurrence of erosion or shallow landslides, which included monitoring of slopes – made of soil materials placed in metal cases at certain angle – during simulation of a rainfall. A typical life cycle of slope in road infrastructure was simulated and monitored, i.e., its behaviour without vegetation, with green vegetation and with dry vegetation, under different real climate scenarios: cycles of intense rainfalls followed by a dry period. This was followed by sampling and laboratory testing of the materials. Some of the results on the impact of vegetation on changes of the shearing resistance obtained in this research are given below.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Danube European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering (17DECGE)
EditorsLungu I, Teodory I, Batali L
Place of PublicationBucharest
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event17th Danube – European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering - Ramada Parc hotel, Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 7 Jun 20239 Jun 2023 (Link to conference website)


Conference17th Danube – European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering
Abbreviated title17DECGE
Internet address


  • Slopes
  • Vegetation
  • Rainfalls
  • Shearing resistance parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Environmental Science


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