Observatoire Multidisciplinaire des Instabilités de Versants

News (since January 2014):
  • Now! : Latest updates on the seismological events detected in near-real time at the Séchilienne and La Clapière landslides.
  • 1 March 2016: The iRALL School will take place in October 2016 in Chengdu, China. iRALL School is an international school on “Investigation, analysis and management of large landslides”, open to 20 Ph.D students and 10 young doctors. More details here.
  • 19-20 November 2015: OMIV meeting in Grenoble.
  • 12-14 October 2015: Presentation of a poster describing the management and distribution of OMIV seismological, displacement and hydro/weather/geochemistry data (RESIF meeting in La Grande Motte, France).
  • 24 September 2015: INSU funding SNO-OMIV request 2016 (INSU = Institut national des sciences de l'Univers). Includes the OMIV status and prospects.
  • 03-04 September 2015: The 'Journées Aléa Gravitaire' were organized in Caen, France. List of OMIV-related talks and posters, including presentations, JAG webpage.
  • 10 April 2015: Landslide forces the authorities to close the Chambon tunnel and the road RD1091, which connects Grenoble (Isère, France) to Briançon (Hautes-Alpes). With alternative routes being a major detour (3 hours instead of 30 minutes from Bourg d'Oisans to La Grave), local businesses are heavily impacted. Status on July 22nd, 2015: The road is still closed. The landslide has not collapsed despite several acceleration phases.
  • 9 March 2015: OMIV now has a Digital Object Identifier for seismological data!! To be quoted when using OMIV seismological data in a publication.
  • 28 February 2015: Rockfall cuts off 2 major french ski resorts and causes severe traffic problems on a busy transfer day. Same information in french.
  • 16 February 2015: Video of the last 20 months of activity of the Val Paghera soft rock landslide in Switzerland.
  • February 2015: February OMIV news
  • December 2014: Hydrochemical Approach of Mechanical Degradation of the Séchilienne Unstable Slope, by Bertrand C., Vallet A. and Mudry J.
  • December 2014: Seismic site effect on the Séchilienne landslide (deliverable from the SLAMS project, in french) (SLAMS = Séchilienne Land movement : Multidisciplinary Studies from Hazard assessment to associated risk and consequences), Garambois et al. 2014. Funding: ANR (french National Research Agency).
  • November 2014: INSU funding SNO-OMIV request 2015 (INSU = Institut national des sciences de l'Univers). Includes the OMIV status and prospects.
  • 10 November 2014: SNO-OMIV presentation to prospective INSU.
  • 6 October 2014: One of the largest known rockslides since the settlement of Iceland occurred in Askja, Iceland, on July 21st 2014. See article by the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
  • 1 September 2014: A study published in 2012 shows that death toll from landslides is vastly underestimated: between 2004 and 2010, landslides worldwide killed over 32000 people. Summary here, full paper here.
  • 2 May 2014: A massive mudslide in north-eastern Afghanistan kills hundreds. A few details in english (UN news centre) and french (France 24).
  • 3 April 2014: A group of 30 students and 3 professors from Nancy's "Ecole des Mines" (Geoengineering section) visited ISTerre to discuss landslide monitoring and research at ISTerre. See the day's programme here.
  • 23 March 2014: 33 dead, 12 people still unaccounted for in a landslide in the U.S. (Washington State, near Seattle). Local paper report, AGU report, French newspaper "Libération" report (in French)
  • 12-13 February 2014: OMIV meeting in Besançon
  • 11 February 2014: Near real-time creation and distribution of the endogenous event catalog now operational for the La Clapière rockslide.
  • 10 January 2014: Frédéric Cappa et al. (2014), Deep fluids can facilitate rupture of slow-moving giant landslides as a result of stress transfer and frictional weakening. doi:10.1002/2013GL058566.
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