Civil Engineer Jean Benoit Is Part of Team Investigating Oso Landslide

Civil Engineer Jean Benoit Is Part of Team Investigating Oso Landslide

Apr 20, 2014
Oso, Washington landslide

Jean Benoît, professor of civil engineering at UNH, is part of a team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science Foundation, that has mobilized to collect information on the effects of the March 22, 2014, Oso, Washington, landslide. Benoît and collaborators will investigate the geotechnical impacts of the landslide and resulting debris flow on the built and natural environments.  A better understanding of what happened leading to the collapse of the slope will help communities and infrastructure systems be designed for greater resiliency and enhanced public safety.

The GEER Association coordinates National Science Foundation-sponsored reconnaissance efforts of geotechnically important extreme events. After the Oso landslide field investigation is complete, observations and findings will be posted on the GEER website. Images from the various investigators also will be posted on the website and visible through Google Earth. More information is at http://www.geerassociation.org/.

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