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Town of Peace River
Hazard assessment
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kim, Tai-Hoon
Supervisor and department
Martin, C. Derek (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Cruden, David M. (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Steffler, Peter (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Sego, David (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Froese, Duane (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
Bobrowsky, Peter (Simon Fraser University)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
The Town of Peace River is over hundred years old. It was heavily urbanized by the late 1970s. Development extended to the geologically immature valley slopes of the Peace River and its tributaries. Triggered by various agents, landslides caused damage to houses and infrastructure developed on marginally stable slopes. Landslides directly affect the long-term planning and sustainable development of the community. Landslide related hazards are frequent common and their impact has increased as more developments have been initiated. This study has provided significant progress in analyzing mechanisms and influences of landslides in the present and foreseeable future on the town of Peace River. The main idea of this study was to identify general conditions of the local areas and understand processes initiating those conditions. The temporal and spatial characteristics including geological and geomorphological histories, meteorological variations, economic developments, and demographic distributions over time are also discussed. Geomorphic and geological characteristics that may impact the landslides in the study area are identified. By analyzing temporal variations in geomorphologic features, major causes that induced landslides in the past can be determined. Recent landslides observed in the study area are analyzed in order to determine overall landslide characteristics that can be used for quantifying the relative contributions of actual landslides. Monitoring surface or subsurface movements of landslides explicitly and directly enables estimates of time intervals to peak landslide velocities. The landslide hazard assessment conducted by geologic and geomorphological methodologies can well delineate the current state of landslide hazards in the study area by showing with a good feasibility which delineated areas where landslide problems have been continuously reported are consistent with the unstable areas designated by the proposed landslide hazard assessment. The proposed landslide hazard assessment can be readily adapted to other areas if proper information is provided. Results of this study may be used as a basis for assessing landslide risks and their managements. Appropriate actions or decisions and corresponding countermeasures can also be derived from these outcomes.
Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication
Kim, T.H., Cruden, D.M., Martin, C.D., Froese, C.R., and Morgan, A.J. 2010. Landslide movements and their characteristics, Town of Peace River, Alberta. In Proceedings of the 63th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 6th Canadian Permofrost Conference. Calgary, Alberta. Sept. 12-15. GEO2010 Calgary Organizing Committee, pp. 1622-1629.Kim, T.H., Cruden, D.M., Martin, C.D., and Froese, C.R. 2010. The 2007 Fox Creek landslide, Peace River Lowland, Alberta, Canada. Landslides, 7(1): 89-98. asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s10346-009-0184-1&sa campaign=Email/ACE/OF

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