Eco-geotechnics for human sustainability

Charles Wang Wai Ng, Qi Zhang, Chao Zhou, Jun Jun Ni

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As a result of climate change and increasing engineering activities, soil-related disasters such as slope failures and sandstorms have become more frequent worldwide. These disasters have caused not only loss of life, but also have led to serious economic losses as well as ecological and environmental damage. To sustain mankind, a new discipline, eco-geotechnics, has rapidly become established and developed in recent years. It integrates scientific knowledge from soil mechanics, rock mechanics, ecology, biology, and atmospheric science to develop cross-disciplinary theories and carry out experiments to tackle grand world challenges such as the effects of climate change. Through the development of eco-geotechnics, various eco-friendly technologies have been developed to mitigate sandstorms and to improve the performance of earthen structures such as embankments, slopes and landfill covers. This state-of-the-art review introduces and discusses the important advances in the field of eco-geotechnics, covering theoretical developments, laboratory testing, centrifuge modelling, field monitoring and engineering applications. Finally, the research gaps and future needs of eco-geotechnics are highlighted and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2809-2845
Number of pages37
JournalScience China Technological Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • atmosphere-plant-soil interactions
  • eco-geotechnics
  • ecology
  • sustainability
  • unsaturated soil mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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