Elahe is a PhD candidate at TU Delft, she started her research at the section of Geo-Engineering from February, 2016 on the topic of Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere interaction. Elahe graduated in April, 2015 from university of Tehran, with the Master of Science degree in Civil- Environmental Engineering. Her master thesis is about study the effect of windbreaks on dust dispersion
Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere (SVA) interaction refers to the process in which atmospheric conditions influence both the vegetation and soil states, which influence the stability of vegetated slopes. Climatic conditions and vegetation cover affect the water flux in a slope. The vegetation is the intermediate layer between the atmosphere and the soil, and therefore this layer influences the boundary water flux by transpiration and leaf interception, so considering vegetation in numerical analysis of slope stability provides insight into changing stability. Vegetation is one of the factors that dike inspectors should evaluate in their observation, by which the vegetation quality for each location is assessed and classified as good, medium, poor or bad. However, these definitions are neither well defined nor specific. Using vegetation indices would provide a more objective and quantitative indicator. Earth observation (EO), i.e. remote sensing, facilitates large-scale monitoring and can be used to map observable data (e.g. vegetation indices, deformation ...) to identify areas of interest for further investigation.