Dr Tom Ane Dijkstra

Dr Tom Ane Dijkstra Engineering Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3040

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Biography

  •  2012 :  Engineering Geologist, Shallow Geohazards, British Geological Survey
  •  2001 –2012 :   Research and Teaching contracts in Geotechnical Engineering, Loughborough University
  •  2000 :  PhD ‘Loess slope instability of the Lanzhou Region, China’; University of Utrecht (NL)
  •  1997 –2001 :  Senior Lecturer in Geotechnology, Coventry University
  •  1995 –1997 :  Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Sussex
  •  1988 –1995 :  Research Associate, geotechnical characterization of Chinese loess; Leicester University; Royal Holloway; Utrecht University (NL); Loughborough University.
  •  1981 –1987 :  student Physical Geography – Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology (with Soil Science and Palynology) at Utrecht University (NL)

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Catastrophic geohazards in Southern Gansu, China. Including 2010-2011; NERC (Urgency Grant NE/I016279 BGS and Universities of Loughborough, Portsmouth and Lanzhou) addressing the catastrophic debris flow of Zhouqu (Southern Gansu, China) in August 2010
  •  EngD supervision of Paul Beetham on lime/cement stabilization reactions in high sulphur ground. Joint supervision with Prof Dixon and Dr Fleming, Loughborough University
  •  First International Symposium on New Techniques for Geohazards Research and Management, September 2012, Lanzhou, China with Prof Meng, Lanzhou University, Gansu, China
  •  Future Resilient Transport Networks (FUTURENET). Co-Investigator: EPSRC funded collaborative project with universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Loughborough and TRL, BGS and HR Wallingford, and stakeholders HA, IMechE, Network Rail, and WSP Group Plc
  •  PhD supervision of Claudio Bosco on remote sensing and pedometric techniques for soil erosion/landslide modeling. Joint supervision with Prof Sander and Prof Dixon, Loughborough University and international advisor Dr Wasowski, IRPI, CNR, Bari, Italy
  •  PhD supervision of Clive Bennet on rapid test methods for assessing desiccation in fine grained soils. Joint supervision with Prof Dixon, Loughborough University
  •  PhD supervision of Jo Wilks on forecasting slope failures affecting transportation infrastructure in a changing climate. Joint supervision with Prof Dixon and Dr Frost, Loughborough University
  •  UK-wide network on climate forecasting for slopes (CLIFFS; 100+ members; a follow up of IGCP425). Jointly with Prof Dixon. Loughborugh University and collaborating with other societies and groups, including the British Society for Soil Science (BSSS) and its British Soil Physics Group (BSPG) and Midlands Soil Discussion Group
  •  external academic/academic visitor Loughborough University, School of Civil and Building Engineering
  •  visiting professor Lanzhou University, Gansu Province, China

Skills

  •  Alpine geomorphology
  •  Engineering geology and geomorphology
  •  Geohazard assessment (in particular mass movements on natural and engineered slopes)
  •  Geotechnical engineering
  •  Loess slope instability
  •  Networking (e.g. CLIFFS), conference coordination and facilitation
  •  Slope instability in a context of climate change

Professional association

  •  Assistant Scientific Editor (Geomaterials), Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  •  Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  •  member International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment
  •  member of British Soil Science Society
  •  member of the British Society for Geomorphology
  •  member of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Research interests

  •  Quaternary geology and geomorphology (including geomorphology and geohazards of Chinese loess landscapes)
  •  climate change and slope instability (including resilience of the UK infrastructure network)
  •  engineering geomorphology (field and laboratory shear strength assessments, slope instability processes/modelling and associated hazard/risk assessments)
  •  geophysical investigations (electrical resistivity of clay soils)
  •  geotechnical engineering (geophysical assessment of soil properties and suction levels in clays)
  •  lime stabilization of swell/shrink clays
  •  remote sensing and pedometric techniques for soil erosion/landslide modelling

Key papers

BEETHAM, P, DIJKSTRA TA AND N DIXON (2012). Nucleation centres in lime stabilised soils. ISSMGE - TC 211 International Symposium on Ground Improvement IS-GI, Brussels 31 May & 1 June 2012.

DIJKSTRA TA AND DIXON N (2010). Climate change and slope stability: Challenges and approaches. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43(4), 371-385.

DIJKSTRA TA, CHANDLER J, WACKROW R, MENG XM, MA DT, GIBSON A, WHITWORTH M, FOSTER C, LEE K, HOBBS PRN, REEVES HJ AND WASOWSKI J (2012). Geomorphic controls and debris flows - the 2010 Zhouqu disaster, China. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Landslides (ISL) and the 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides, June 2-8, 2012, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

KRUSE, GAM, DIJKSTRA TA, AND SCHOKKING F (2007). Effects of soil structure on soil behaviour: Illustrated with loess, glacially loaded clay and simulated flaser bedding examples. Engineering Geology 91, 34–45.

WACKROW R, CHANDLER J, DIJKSTRA TA, SANZ-ABLANEDO E AND XM MENG (2011). Incidental terrestrial imagery for post disaster spatial data capture of debris flows. Geomorphometry 2011 Conference Proceedings In: Geomorphometry 2011, Edited by T. Hengl, I.S. Evans, J.P. Wilson and M. Gould. ESRI, Redlands, 2011. pp.11-14.

WASOWSKI J BOVENGA F, NITTI DO, NUTRICATO R, DIJKSTRA TA AND MENG XM (2011). Detecting very slow ground movements using PS interferometry in the Lanzhou loess area of Gansu Province, China. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011-11139, 2011 EGU General Assembly 2011.

WASOWSKI J, BOVENGA F, NITTI DO, NUTRICATO R, DIJKSTRA T AND XM MENG (2012). PSI helps to map relative susceptibility to ground and slope instabilities in the Lanzhou loess area of Gansu Province, China. ESA Special publication.

WILKS JH, DIJKSTRA TA AND N DIXON (2012). Forecasting transport infrastructure slope failures in a changing climate. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Landslides (ISL) and the 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides, June 2-8, 2012, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

WINTER MG, DIXON N, WASOWSKI J AND DIJKSTRA TA (2010). Introduction to land-use and climate change impacts on landslides. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43(4), 3-6.