Slope monitoring system at a slope behind an important cultural asset

Kazunari Sako, Ryoichi Fukagawa, Tomoaki Satomi

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Rainfall-induced slope failure has been responsible for great death and destruction in Japan. This is thus a primary consideration in preserving Japan's many cultural important temples, palaces, and similar structures, especially in the ancient capital of Kyoto, where many important cultural assets are located on hillsides and near mountains. Our objective is to construct a slope-disaster warning system using real-time field measurement data, in-situ and laboratory testing, and numerical models. We set up field monitoring on a slope behind an important cultural asset in July 2004 to measure pore-water pressure, temperature, and rainfall intensity [1]. We firstly introduce our slope-disaster warning concept and field measurement results for the slope behind the important cultural asset in Kyoto. And then we discuss the relationship of rainfall intensity, seepage behavior, and slope failure based on monitoring data and model test results using a soil box apparatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-79
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb


  • Field measurement
  • Pore-water pressure
  • Rainfall intensity
  • Rainfall-induced slope failure


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