The economic impact of landslides and floods on the road network

Mike G. Winter*, Barbara Shearer, Derek Palmer, David Peeling, Clare Harmer, Jonathan Sharpe

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Even in the absence of serious injuries and fatalities, landslide and flood events can have significant socio-economic impacts. These include the severance of access to and from relatively remote communities for services and markets for goods; employment, health and educational opportunities; and social activities. The economic impacts can be classified as: direct economic impacts, direct consequential economic impacts, and indirect consequential economic impacts. In addition, the vulnerability shadow cast can be extensive and its geographical extent can be determined by the transport network rather than the relatively small footprint of the event itself. Using a number of debris flow events and a flood event in Scotland this paper places values on the economic impacts of landslides and floods. It also demonstrates the widespread impact of the events by means of the vulnerability shadow that is cast.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1434
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 4 Sept 20167 Sept 2016


  • debris flow
  • economics
  • Landslides
  • management
  • mitigation
  • roads


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