As one of the two main areas of investigation in the NoeSLIDE project, the Salcher landslide in Gresten was equipped with a large number of different installations for exploring and monitoring the subsurface.

Permanently installed since the start of the field work in 2015 to date:

  • 3 TDR probes (each at 0.5, 1 and 2 m depth; soil water content in [%])
  • 5 piezometers (depth between 4 m and 8 m; height of the water column in [m])
  • 1 automatic inclinometer (13 m)
  • 2 manual inclinometers (~ 6.5 and 8.5m, sheared off in 2018)
  • 3 manual inclinometers (~ 4 to ~ 4.65m)


There are currently 4 cased boreholes on the Salcher landslide, which are used for inclinometer measurements. 3 are measured approximately once a month using manual inclinometer probes, one includes a permanently installed chain inclinometer. The measurements take place here automatically and are read out directly via the Internet via the data server in Vienna.

In the summer of 2019, 3 new inclinometers and a new piezometer were installed. The old manual inclinometers were sheared off by the movement of the slope.

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Figure 16: Site work on the Salcher landslide, July 2019. © Photographs see individual note.

Piezometer and TDR probs

5 piezometers are built into the Salcher landslide. 3 are located along a longitudinal profile of the landslide, another is located along an upper transverse profile. Right next to the meteorological station, 3 TDR probes are installed at depths of 0.5, 1 and 2 m. They measure a volumetric water content every 5 minutes.

The data on these sensors can be called up here in real time.


Permanent Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT)

There is also permanent geoelectrics (ERT) from the Federal Geological Institute (GBA) on the Salcher landslide. It is buried over the entire length of the landslide at a depth of approx. 30 cm and operates in automated mode. The GBA's GEOMON system is used here (Supper et al. 2014). The ERT was installed as part of the LAMOND project (Ottowitz et al. 2018) in autumn 2014. A measurement is made every three hours, whereby changes in the moisture conditions in the subsurface can be recorded. Figure 17 shows a representative example of an ERT measurement on the Salcher landslide. For more details see Ottowitz et al. 2018. 

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Figure 17: Representative result of the geoelectric monitoring profile of the GBA on the Salcher landslide - calculated model of the specific electrical resistance. Graphic from Ottowitz et al. 2018.

Dynamic probing heavy/medium (DPH/ DPM), Percussion drilling, Core sampling and Laboratory analysis

At the beginning of the NoeSLIDE project in 2014, a large number of core samples down to a depth of 14 meters were obtained using percussion drilling. For field work see also Figure 18.

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Figure 18: Field work on the Salcher landslide 2014/2015. A-c) Dynamic probing (DPH); d-e) Percussion drilling and core sampling; f) water leakage at drill core B6; g-h) inclinometer installation; i) Inclinometer data acquisition. Graphic from Stumvoll et al. 2019.

The corresponding soil samples were then examined in a soil physics laboratory at the University of Vienna with regard to grain size distribution, storage conditions, color, lime and water content.

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Figure 19: Example for the analysis of a drill core (B1) on the Salcher landslide according to ÖNORM L1050. Graphic from Stumvoll et al. 2019.

Changes in the bedding density in the subsurface were also determined by means of dynamic probing. In conjunction with the drill core analyzes, these probings can be used to get an impression of the subsurface structure of the slope (see Figure 20).

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Figure 20: Subsurface model of the Salcher landslide using inclinometer, dynamic probing and percussion drilling. Graphic from Stumvoll et al. 2019.



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