Figure 4: Location of the NoeSLIDE study sites in Lower Austria (DEM (10 m): BMDW 2017 (www.data.gv.at), geological map 1: 500,000 according to Weber (1997), DEM (1 m) 2009: made available by the Federal State Government of Lower Austria). Graphics: Stumvoll M.J. 2020.
Six sites were initially involved in the investigations of the NoeSLIDE project (see Figure 4). Some of them are examined at irregular intervals without automatic measuring systems, some of them very intensively with their own power and broadband internet connection. Currently 2 of the 6 sites are still being closely monitored, the others have been completed. The six sites, which are spread across the Waidhofen / Ybbs, Amstetten and Scheibbs districts, are:
- Salcher landslide (ongoing)
One of the main research sites in the NoeSLIDE project is located in Gresten (district Scheibbs). This study site has its own page with detailed information; please refer Salcher Landslide Observatory.
- Hofermühle earth slide - earth flow (ongoing)
The second main investigation site is the Hofermühle landslide in Konradsheim (Waidhofen an der Ybbs district). A separate page is also dedicated to this location, see Hofermühle.
- Eckerwirt mudflow (completed)
The Eckerwirt location is only a few hundred meters west of the Hofermühle location in Konradsheim and is very similar to it, but somewhat larger in size. Due to its activity (mudflow) it has already been extensively investigated by the Geological Office of the Federal State Government of Lower Austria, the Torrent and Avalanche Control (Wildbach und Lawinenverbauung WLV) and the Geological Survey (Geologische Bundesanstalt GBA). In order to determine any surface changes, this area was included in the course of the TLS measurements at the Hofermühle.
- Amtmann rock fall / tipping (completed)
The Amtmann is an approximately 30m high, free-standing rock formation in the Ybbstal valley and situated only a few meters from the busy Ofenlochstraße (B31). As a natural monument, the structure cannot be removed; it is therefore investigated at regular intervals by the Amstetten road construction authority. In order to investigate possible movements of the rock tower (tilting tendencies, vibrations), a wireless sensor node network was installed on the rock. The evaluation of multi-temporal TLS data was, among other things, used to investigate possible fall processes (rockfall) and the formation of gaps.
- Ofenloch rock fall / rock fall (completed)
The Ofenlochstraße (B31) between Waidhofen / Ybbs and Opponitz is highly endangered by rock falls. Several technical protective measures have therefore already been installed along this road and are controlled and maintained by the Amstetten road construction authority. In order to be able to determine extensive changes in the corresponding endangered rock faces, a rock face on the right bank of the Ybbs was recorded at regular intervals using TLS as part of the NoeSLIDE project.
- Brandstatt landslide (-)
The Brandstatt landslide is a large-scale and deep seated landslide coupled with smaller and more superficial processes. The movement rates are low but have a high damaging effect. The area was therefore i.a. investigated by the GBA on behalf of the Geological Office of Lower Austria. In order to investigate superficial changes, the area was recorded using TLS as part of the NoeSLIDE project.
Table 1: Overview of the sites investigated in the NoeSLIDE project as well as the respective methodology used to explore the surface and the subsoil. For more details on the Hofermühle in Konradsheim and Salcher Landsliding in Gresten locations, please refer to the corresponding tabs. Table: Stumvoll 2019.
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