Christian Arnhardt

Dr Christian Arnhardt

Postdoctoral research associate: south Asia geohazard specialist
BGS Keyworth

Christian Arnhardt’s Biography

  • 2017 – ongoing : BGS (Keyworth, UK), PDRA Geohazard Specialist South Asia
  • 2016 –2017 : Patrick Parsons Ltd.(Glasgow, UK), Senior Geotechnical Engineer
  • 2015 –2016 : Geohart Consultants (Clayton, Australia), Senior Engineering Geologist
  • 2015 –2016 : RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), Honorary Research Associate
  • 2011 –2014 : DB International GmbH / German Railway Company Group (Duisburg, Germany), Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Engineering Geologist
  • 2011 –2011 : German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Environment and Rural Development Department (Leyte Island, the Philippines), Consultant for Engineering Geology and Landslide hazards
  • 2007 –2012 : RWTH Aachen University (Germany), PhD in Engineering Geology (Dr. rer. nat)
  • 2007 –2011 : RWTH Aachen University/Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (Aachen, Germany), Research Associate
  • 2002 –2007 : geo-international Company (Mainz, Germany), Engineering Geologist
  • 1994 –2001 : Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germany), Faculty of Geology, Dipl.-Geol. (Equivalent of Master in Geology)



Research interests

  • Landslide hazards and landslide risk assessment
  • Landslide monitoring and early warning systems


Key papers

Smith, J V, Arnhardt, C. 2016. A New Assessment Method for Structural-Control Failure Mechanisms in Rock Slopes — Case Examples. – In: AIMS Geosciences, 2016, 2(3): 214-230. doi: 10.3934/geosci.2016.3.214
Smith, J V, Arnhardt, C. 2016. Distinguishing between single and double plane sliding of tetrahedral wedges using the circle method. – In: Engineering Geology, Volume 211, 23 August 2016, Pages 98-101
Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Arnhardt, C. 2016. Monitoring case study: Rock Towers at the “Felsenbühne Rathen”. – In: CSIC Best Practice Guide on Wireless Sensor Networks, Cambridge
Arnhardt, C, Neussner, O. 2013. Setup of a Landslide Monitoring System on the Philippine Island of Leyte Near the Village of Malinao (Municipality of St. Bernard). – In: Landslide Science and Practice – Volume 2: Early Warning, Instrumentation and Monitoring (2013), 161 – 167, Springer-Verlag, Berlin
Arnhardt, C. 2012. Monitoring of Surface Movements in Landslide Areas with a self-organizing Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). – Mitteilung zur Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogologie, Heft 105, Aachen, Januar 2012
Walter, M, Arnhardt, C, Joswig, M. 2011. Seismic monitoring of rockfalls, slide quakes, and fissure development at the Super-Sauze mudslide, French Alps, In: Engineering Geology (2011), doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2011.11.002
Azzam, R, Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Arnhardt, C, Klapperich, H, Shou, K.-J. 2011. Monitoring of landslides and infrastructures with wireless sensor networks in an earthquake environment , In: 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (5ICEGE).
Azzam, R, Arnhardt, C, Fernandez-Steeger, T M. 2010. Monitoring Systems for Geohazards based on Self-Organizing Sensor Networks , In: 11th Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, Geologically Active, 5-10. September, Auckland, New Zealand , 3609-3616.
Arnhardt, C, Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Azzam, R. 2010. Sensorfusion in an ad-hoc Multi-hop Sensor network for real-time monitoring of landslides endangering human infrastructures , In: GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Science Report 15. Early Warning Systems for Transportation Infrastructures , 38-49 .
Arnhardt, C, Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Azzam, R. 2010. Sensor Fusion of Position- and Micro-Sensors (MEMS) integrated in a Wireless Sensor Network for movement detection in landslide areas , In: General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union 2010, May 02-07. 2010, Vienna (Austria). Geophysical Research Abstracts , Vol. 12 (EGU2010-8828)
Arnhardt, C, Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Azzam, R. 2009. Monitoring of slope-instabilities and deformations with Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) in wireless ad-hoc Sensor Networks , In: General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union 2009, 19 – 24 April 2009, Vienna (Austria). Geophysical Research Abstracts , 11 (EGU2009-6048)
Haß, S, Asch, K, Fernandez-Steeger, T M, Arnhardt, C. 2009. People-centred landslide early warning systems in the context of risk management. , In: General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union 2009, 19 – 24 April 2009, Vienna (Austria). Geophysical Research Abstracts , 11 (EGU2009-11466-2) .


  • Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

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