Integrated evaluation of rockfall triggering mechanism for road monitoring

Evangelia Apostolou, Zacharias Agioutantis, Chrysanthos Steiakakis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Rockfalls in mountainous roads may result in increasing hazards for vehicles and people. Cases of rockfalls with fatalities or great disruption of traffic have been reported in the news and account for significant money loss. Unfortunately due to the complexity of the phenomenon of a single or a few rocks detachment, it has not been studied extensively and data relating to triggering of such phenomena are scarce. In this paper a first attempt is made to gather and analyze available published case studies where the triggering mechanisms of rockfalls are presented. The most significant triggering mechanisms are presented and the resulting rockfalls are analyzed based on the collected data. This work is part of a project aiming to monitor and evaluate rockfall phenomena in Greek highways. .

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationLandslide Processes
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319090573
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


  • Greece
  • Rockfalls
  • Triggering Mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)
  • Environmental Science (all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Integrated evaluation of rockfall triggering mechanism for road monitoring'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this