climate impact forecasting for slopes
 CLIFFS  is an EPSRC-funded network based at Loughborough University aiming to bring together  academics, R&D agencies, stakeholders, consultants and climate specialists to improve  forecasting of slope instability in the context of progressive climate change



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Climate change and slopes - head in the sand or adapt?


On Tuesday 5th February the CLIFFS dissemination symposium took place at the Sir Denis Rooke Building, Holywell Science Park, Loughborough University.

It is a challenging task to quantify the variations in slope stability that result from changes in climate conditions. This symposium disseminated the most important outcomes from four highly successful CLIFFS  workshops that addressed themes relevant to climate change impact forecasting for slopes in the UK. This unique event brought together key speakers and a broad audience of researchers and stakeholders from many different disciplines.

Some 65 delegates attended the symposium and their feedback was very positive. To see what you may have missed, please click on the picture of the symposium brochure to the right.

Geoff Jenkins MetOffice
Neil Dixon
Loughborough University
Roger Street UKCIP                          
Stephanie Glendinning
University of Newcastle
Michelle Colley acclimatise            
Derek Clarke
University of Southampton
Mike Winter TRL Scotland            
David Shilston
Atkins Geotechnics
Fleur Loveridge MottMacdonald
Martin Culshaw
British Geological Survey
Roger Moore Halcrow                  
Robin McInnes
Coastal and Geotechnical Services
Tom Dijkstra Loughborough University


testing the user interface for UKCIP08


Comments on the UKCIP08 user interface test can no longer be submitted. However, you may still find the following files useful. They provided information for the test run of the user interface and will give you some idea of what to expect when UKCIP08 will be delivered. I will put links on this page when further information and outcomes of the test will become available. 


- User interface guidance notes

- User interface walk through instructions


For further assistance and information please contact Clare Goodess on (Climatic Research Unit, UEA)



4th Workshop, 3 July 2007 at Holywell Park, Loughborough University


The fourth CLIFFS workshop followed our successful formula of an one-day meeting with some 30 participants. In between the formal presentations there was ample opportunity for discussion and evaluation. The pdf versions of the programme and the power-point presentations can be downloaded following the links below [NB approximate files sizes are indicated - if you want access to a smaller version, please email cliffs]:




- monitoring and data management, remediation and design

   instrumentation and monitoring [Andrew Ridley, Geotechnical Observations Ltd, 3MB]

   natural terrain landslide risk management Hong Kong [Nick Koor, University of Portsmouth, 6MB]


- decision making and dissemination

   communicating geohazards [Martin Culshaw, 6MB]

   a case study from Lyme Regis [Geoff Davis, formerly West Dorset District Council, 16MB]

   bridging the gap [Amy Hutchins, acclimatise]


- deciding on the ways forward of CLIFFS

   ways forward [Tom Dijkstra, Loughborough University]


In addition to the presentations a large part of the workshop was devoted to group-based discussions. A report on the outcomes from these discussions will be available shortly. If you are interested in receiving further information regarding this workshop or future events, please send us an email on


New feature - A links page has been set up.


Please have a look at the first contribution on the Scottish road networks landslides study


CLIFFS has been in Newcastle!    Workshop 3  - 11 January 2007



The third CLIFFS workshop was held at Newcastle University on Thursday 11 January 2007.


The main theme of the workshop is the impact of climate change on the magnitude and frequency of cutting and embankment slope failures.


It involved a full day of activities split up into three sections: numerical modelling, physical modelling and monitoring and testing. We also visited the BIONICS embankment on Friday 12th January (shown here under construction).

Presentations included the following. You can download these by right clicking on the links below and do a 'save as...' (NB the files are a bit big.... approximate size indicated between brackets):



If you are interested more information regarding the workshop and the site visit, please send an email to, so that we can send you further details.




Workshop 2  - July 2006


The second workshop was held at Dorich House in Kingston (with local organisation by Maia Ibsen and Eddie Bromhead) and focused on the effects of climate change on natural slopes. The previous day, Eddie Bromhead took some of us on a tour of the sites at Hadleigh Castle and the Sevenoaks by-pass, which served well as a 'warm-up' for the discussions.

The discussions were based around a series of presentations. You can download these by right clicking on the links below and do a 'save as...' (NB the files are a bit big.... approximate size indicated between brackets):

Nicola Casagli (Florence, Italy)
‘New technologies for landslide risk management’ [15MB]

Mike Winter (TRL Scotland)
‘Unstable natural slopes, climate change and impacts on Scottish Infrastructure’ [6.3MB]

Eddie Bromhead (Kingston University)
‘Climate change and failure mechanisms of natural slopes’ [4 MB]

Mark Lee (Consultant Engineering Geomorphologist)
‘How does climate change affect the assessment of landslide risk?’ [2.2MB]

Andy Gibson and Pete Hobbs (BGS Keyworth)
‘BGS Landslide information: Surveys, GIS and databases – origins, maintenance and availability’ [33.8MB]

Neil Dixon and Tom Dijkstra (Loughborough University)
‘Monitoring; opportunities and plans for the future’. [5MB]

We also discussed ways forward and a summary report will be available for download in due course.


workshop 1 



The first workshop was held at Holywell Park, Loughborough

It covered two main themes:

- use of climate change information in slope stability assessments, and

- validation of groundwater models incorporating climate forecast scenarios.

The workshop was split up into 5 sessions. The morning sessions dealt with hydrogeological modelling and the afternoon sessions targeted the use of climate data in two sessions and a concluding session on the ways forward.

We posted a summary of the discussion on the web using an on-line forum. Unfortunately, the forum has been invaded and I have had to disable it. When it is more robust I will re-activate the forum again. A summary report will be available soon.

public launch meeting and UKCIP/HC consultation session - October 2005



On Wednesday 26 October 2005 we organised a public launch meeting of CLIFFS. The afternoon focused on a UKCIP/HC consultation session. Some 50 delegates attended the meeting.

…… read more about the public launch meeting




inception meeting - April 2005

An inception meeting was held at Loughborough University on 20 April 2005. Dr Richenda Connell (UKCIP) presented an excellent guest lecture on the state of the art of risk and uncertainty in climate change forecasting. The core members discussed the work package in detail.                                   …… read more about the inception meeting

CLIFFS has started - February 2005

The climate impact forecasting for slopes network officially started on the 28th of February 2005. The Loughborough Management team has had its first meeting and will soon announce the first  workshop.     

…… read more about the background of CLIFFS

Website development – can you provide input?

This website is very much 'under development'! The CLIFFS website intends to disseminate information relevant to the network, to provide a forum for discussion and to give access to other relevant sites. To achieve its full potential we need your input.  Please contact us at if you want to contribute to the site. Photographs, short discussions, advertisements of relevant meetings, papers, etc. are all very welcome. 



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British Waterways

CF Skanska



Highways Agency

Isle of Wight Council

Mott MacDonald



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