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VALLET A., CHARLIER JB., CHANUT MA., BERTRAND C., DUBOIS L., et al.. Seasonal and long term analysis of precipitation-displacement relationships on a deep seated unstable slope (Séchilienne, French Alps). JAG - 3èmes journées Aléas Gravitaires, Sep 2013, Grenoble, France. pp.1-6. <hal-01062428>

Abstract: Time series analysis and cross-wavelet analysis are used to characterize the relationship between water input and displacement in the most active zone of the Séchilienne unstable slope. Time series analysis shows a displacement long term trend and seasonal intra-annual variations, respectively independent and synchronous to precipitations. Wavelet analysis has allowed identifying and characterizing the precipitationdetrended displacement relationship which shows that the Séchilienne destabilisation is rather linked to effective rainfall than to raw precipitation (rainfall + snowfall), involving then groundwater process. Seasonal analysis of this relationship was performed, showing that displacement rate follows the behaviour of the hydrological cycle. Finally, trend was analysed and a weakening model approach was developed with an attempt to forecast the next modifications in unstable slope destabilisation behaviour.


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Authors/Auteurs :

VALLET A., UMR6249 Chrono-Environnement, Besançon, France

CHARLIER JB., BRGM, Montpellier, France

CHANUT MA., CETE, Bron, France

BERTRAND C., UMR6249 Chrono-Environnement, Besançon, France

DUBOIS L., CETE, Bron, France

MUDRY J., UMR6249 Chrono-Environnement, Besançon, France

(1) - Paramètre(s) atmosphérique(s) modifié(s)
(2) - Elément(s) du milieu impacté(s)
(3) - Type(s) d'aléa impacté(s)
(3) - Sous-type(s) d'aléa

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Massif / Secteur
Site(s) d'étude
Période(s) d'observation
France Isère Séchilienne      

(1) - Modifications des paramètres atmosphériques

Informations complémentaires (données utilisées, méthode, scénarios, etc.)

(2) - Effets du changement climatique sur le milieu naturel

Sensibilité du milieu à des paramètres climatiques
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(3) - Effets du changement climatique sur l'aléa
 Seasonal analysis was performed in order to quantify infra-annual relationships between recharge rate and detrended displacement. Three periods called “Autumn Recharge”, “Winter Recharge”, and “Low Recharge”, were identified from multiannual monthly statistics on temperature, recharge, precipitation, and snow melt time series.

Autumn Recharge period follows the summer dry season, and is characterized by high recharge amount and intensity. Hydrosystem saturation state is at its lowest level of the year, so that the major part of infiltration recharges the micro-fracture stock component. The recharge signal is largely buffered by water supply of matrix, which confers a low transfer velocity through the hydrosystem. The Séchilienne destabilisation rate increases over time, and becomes more and more reactive as saturation increase.
Winter Recharge period is characterized by an aquifer drainage functioning. Aquifer saturation state is at its highest level of the year, and most of infiltration is drained by the macro-fracture drainage component which is predominant (micro-fractures are already saturated). The aquifer is more transmissive and less inertial, in relation to infiltration signal. The Séchilienne destabilisation rate is high and reactive to rainwater input, although the recharge signal is diffuse when snow melt occur.
The Low Recharge period is characterized by an aquifer stock functioning. Water stored in micro fractures during previous winter, drain out to supply spring aquifer base flow. Recharge is low, due to high evapotranspiration component, and destabilisation rate decreases with time.

Detrended displacement is considered as the landslide response to groundwater hydraulic stress during the hydrological cycle. It corresponds to the hydraulic stress amount cumulated by the Séchilienne unstable slope until an irreversible strength/cohesion damage threshold is reached in the rock, sufficient to yield to a significant change in the destabilization behaviour. This require stress amount which will be referred as “destabilisation stress threshold” (DST).

Evolution of DST follows an exponential law, showing that it requires less and less stress amount to increase the destabilization rate. This demonstrates that the Séchilienne unstable slope is more and more sensitive to hydraulic stress. DST time evolution follows a softening/weakening model, which involves that stress is accumulated over a period until a rock weakening threshold inducing a worsening of the destabilisation rate behaviour.


Paramètre de l'aléa
Sensibilité du paramètres de l'aléa à des paramètres climatiques
Informations complémentaires (données utilisées, méthode, scénarios, etc.)

(4) - Remarques générales

(5) - Syntèses et préconisations

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