Siobhan Whadcoat

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

ESB 5034a
(604) 827-1502
Instagram: @geohazardsUBCVan
researcher

My research is focused on slope stability and particularly on improving our ability to forecast potential rockfall and landslide hazards. Through my work I am developing new approaches to assess the likelihood of rockfalls and landslides across a slope, including the application of cellular modelling and pattern-based analysis. I use remote sensing tools, such as terrestrial laser scanning, to generate high resolution monitoring datasets from a range of rock and soil slopes throughout British Columbia. These monitoring datasets are used to inform and refine the cellular modelling and pattern-based analysis. Crucially, my work puts an emphasis on the importance of the slope topography and the history of failure events across a slope, which are often not considered in efforts to forecast rockfall and landslide hazards.

As a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow, I work with an industry partner - BGC Engineering. Through working with BGC, I am exposed to a wider variety of field sites, projects, and expertise. I hope to apply the results of my research to projects that BGC are working on.