Ground Water Canada

NGWA short course on geohazards

February 6, 2012  By Administrator

February 6, 2012, Columbus, OH – A short course on geohazards and the role of ground water and surface water will be offered by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) from March 26 to 28.

The new course, which will be taught in Columbus, Ohio, presents an overview of surface water and groundwater movement, its impact on landslides of various kinds, and its reaction in soils under conditions of seismic shaking. Case studies that will be presented include the Silverado Canyon rockfall, Rancho Palos Verdes litigation and landslides, and Northridge and Mexico’s Easter earthquakes.

Attendees will learn:

  • basics of water and ground water presence in geologic environments prone to landslides, debris flows, and liquefaction
  • calculating hazard potential and determining parameters for design
  • detailed assessments of past landslides, debris flow, and liquefaction events, and their costs

Course instructors Dr. John Foster and Dr. W. Richard Laton are affiliated with the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of California, Fullerton.

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