Project 640 - S4LIDE (Significance of Modern and Ancient Submarine Slope LandSLIDEs)

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IGCP640 - Core workshop sponsored by the 2009 Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences Symposium

IGCP project meeting in 2017

1st Workshop on Subaqueous Landslides and Morphometric Parameters - 23-24 January 2017, The Royal Trafalgar, London. Minutes of meeting here

S4SLIDE Session as part of the 100th AAPG Annual Meeting - 2-5 April 2017, Houston, TX. Non-turbidite DW units as key petroleum system elements - Program here

Two S4SLIDE sessions as part of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly - 23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria

  •  Submarine landslide hazard and marine paleoseismology: Regional and global implications - Link
  • Subaquatic sediment gravity flow processes and products - Link


S4SLIDE Hackathon as part of the EVAN Conference - 12-15 September 2017, Southampton, UK – Statistics of Natural Hazards Hackathon - Link

9th International Conference on Geomorphology - 6-11 November 2017, Vigyan Bhawan, New Dehli - S4SLIDE Session: S30 Submarine Geomorphology (IAG-WG) - Link 

The S4SLIDE project (Significance of Modern and Ancient Submarine Slope LandSLIDEs) builds upon the extremely successful E-MARSHAL and IGCP-511 proposals also known as the Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences project. As with its predecessors, the IGCP-640 project focuses on facilitating the interaction of scientists, engineers, industry and government representatives, and other parties interested in submarine mass movements and their geohazard potential, especially those from historically under-represented countries. S4SLIDE seeks to create an international and multidisciplinary platform allowing geoscientists from academia, government, and industry to sustain a dialogue conducive to the integration of findings from different fields into a more cohesive understanding of submarine landslides.

 

Brief outline of the project

It has been widely recognized that subaquatic landslides are of common occurrence in lacustrine and marine environments. These units have commonly been referenced to as submarine landslides in the literature. They pose a risk to coastal communities and offshore infrastructure. During the past decades geoscientists have made important contributions towards the improved understanding of submarine landslides. Efforts by the geo-modelling community have helped fill the gap between submarine landslide occurrence, dynamics and tsunami genesis. However, our lack of understanding of the causal mechanisms and timing of submarine landslides has hampered progress in the prediction effort, which is essential to implement appropriate mitigation measures.

Complex issues like these can only be addressed via a multidisciplinary approach. Interest in the study of submarine landslides spans a wide range of sub-disciplines: geologists studying the link between climate change and gas hydrate dissociation, planetary geologists using submarine landslides as terrestrial analogs, petroleum geologists evaluating the seal/reservoir capacity of ancient submarine landslides, and engineers evaluating geotechnical risks. This project seeks to create an international and multidisciplinary platform allowing geoscientists from academia and industry to sustain a dialogue conducive to the integration of findings from different fields into a more cohesive understanding of submarine landslides.

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