Enhancing slope stability with vegetation

Nicholas Hytiris*, Michael Fraser, Slobodan B. Mickovski

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Landslides can have serious impact on natural and human environment and their prevention and mitigation is of global concern. The ability of a slope to resist a landslide depends on the materials and the properties of which it is composed. This project focuses on the increased landslide resistance of a slope due to vegetation. The properties of the soil-root composite were measured in laboratory and, from these results, calculation and graphically based evaluation was used to determine their qualities for resisting landslide. The results show that vegetation roots had a stabilising effect on the slope, limited to the rooting depth. Knowing the rooting depth (generally between 0.5 and 1.5 m) and dependent on the species, a correlation between the ratio of root weight to soil weight and the slope ability to resist landslide was implied from experimental results and a hypothetical design chart and equation were derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1477-1482
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of GEOMATE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2015


  • Ecological engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Root reinforcement
  • Root weight ratio
  • Slope stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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