Upcoming CEE 500 Departmental Seminar

Just a reminder for upcoming CEE 500 Department Seminar:

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sieg Hall, Room 134

*Please join us for the CEE 500 Department Seminar kick-off immediately following the lecture! The kick-off will be located outside of More Hall, Room 201, lobby / foyer area. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Seminar Info: The 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide
Dr. Joseph Wartman, H. R. Berg Associate Professor

The Oso Landslide occurred on the morning of Saturday, 22 March 2014, and claimed the lives of 43 people, making it the deadliest landslide disaster in the history of the continental United States. The landslide initiated within an approximately 200-m-high hillslope comprised of unconsolidated glacial and colluvial deposits; it rapidly transitioned to a debris flow/debris avalanche that rapidly inundated a neighborhood of approximately 35 single-family residences. 

An intense 3-week rainfall that immediately preceded the event is believed to have played a major role in triggering the landslide. In this talk, I will present the findings of our Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association scientific research team that performed a field reconnaissance of the Oso Landslide shortly after its occurrence. The talk will focus on observations made and data collected at the landslide site, but will additionally review regional and local geologic conditions, climate setting, eyewitness accounts, and land-use history. In addition, newly published findings and current debates on the landslide will be discussed.

-Joseph Wartman is the H. R. Berg Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, and Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He is the recipient of several research honors including, most recently, the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering’s Commendation Award. In addition to this technical publications, Wartman’s writing on geologic hazards and public policy has appeared in the New York Times and the Seattle Times. Prior to his career in academia, Wartman served in professional practice as a licensed Engineer. At UW, Wartman teaches and conducts research on geologic hazards, engineering geology, and earthquake engineering.


*The CEE 500 Department Seminar Series features a variety of department-wide lectures that many graduate students are enrolled in this quarter, or will enroll in future quarters.

Please click the link below to view the CEE 500 Department Seminar Series calendar, which will provide the details for each lecture.



The Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
201 More Hall, Box 352700
Seattle, WA 98195

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