Creeping hazards: A forgotten framework for transformability and resilience

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Abstract

Geohazards have generally been understood and defined as events that take place on short human timescales, from milliseconds to a several months. However, both human- and naturally-induced events can develop and occur over the course of several years or longer. “Creeping hazards”-a term used as early as 1979 (Klinteberg, 1979) and referenced, though sparingly, in subsequent works (Gunn, 1990; Alexander, 1991; Jarman and Kousmin, 1994; Alexander, 1995; Vlek, 2005; Thomalla et al., 2006)-are a subset of events that exhibit the characteristics of geohazards (i.e., in terms of vulnerability, risk, and exposure). The primary distinction of a creeping hazard is that it is protracted over a relatively long period of time (Jarman and Kousmin; Grigg, 1996) and may be indicative of a system in disequilibrium. Just as with a common geohazards, creeping hazards often result in a permanent “uprooting” of communities (Thomalla et al.; Klinteberg). The resilience regime for a system producing this class of geohazard may be better understood as one of transformation rather than adaptation, because the equilibrium state is changing (Walker et al., 2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication32nd Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP 2019
PublisherJ and N Group, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781510883949
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2019Mar 21 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophyics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP
Volume2019-March
ISSN (Electronic)1554-8015

Conference

Conference32nd Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period3/17/193/21/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering

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