2020 | Relevant landslide conferences next year in Japan

Hi there,

I just wanted to share with you about two relevant conferences that will take place next year in Japan.

First, I got invited as guest speaker at the “Fifth World Landslide Forum“, that will take place in Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan, between 2 and 6 November 2020, organised by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025, with the following themes:

Theme 1: Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 and Kyoto 2020 Commitment
Theme 2: Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation
Theme 3: Monitoring and early warning
Theme 4: Testing, modeling and risk assessment
Theme 5: Risk management, capacity development and country practices
Theme 6: Catastrophic landslides: causes and consequences
Theme 7: Frontiers of landslide science and innovative practices

Also, the RocExs2020  (7th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Rockfall Protection) will take place in the Conference Hall, Hokkaido University in in Sapporo, Japan during summer (betwen 15 an 18 June 2020). I was a guest speaker and chairman in the previous edition of RocExs in Barcelona (2017), so I know firsthand this is always a good place to be, some of the topics that will be covered this year include:

– Rockfall source identification and characterization
– Rockfall inventory and/or mapping
– Rockfall runout dynamics and impact mechanics
– New and emerging technologies in rockfall
– Hazard and risk analyses
– Rockfall modeling
– Monitoring and alert systems
– Mitigation and protective measures
– Large rockfalls and rock avalanches
– Case histories

Interested? Maybe see you there 🙂

2017.05 | Triggering and Motion of Landslides – Eduardo Alonso (Rankine Lecture – video)

Triggering and Motion of Landslides

57th Rankine Lecture

British Geotechnical Association

Dear colleagues, I would like to share with you the keynote lecture by Professor Eduardo Alonso, from the Universitat Politecnica of Catalunya (UPC).

Prof. Alonso has always been a leading figure in landslides and slope stability investigation. He has has won several medals, prizes and awards, and his achievements in civil Engineering are countless (e.g. he has been invited to multiple lectures and published more than 600 articles in international journals and conference proceedings), so I am not going to make you feel depressed with his astonishing achievements…

On a personal level, he has always been an example and guide to all his students in Engineering Geology and Civil Engineering in Barcelona, myself included.




2017.02 | Editorial board | Invitation | Feeling cautious

Dear colleagues,

I have recently received a formal invitation for becoming a member of the editorial board in the “Academic Journal of Geographical Studies”, supported by the “International Association of Scientists and Researchers” (whatever this organization would be…). The email states that the editorial promotes publication of open-access, high standard and peer reviewed research articles in more than 45 disciplines.

I was feeling proud when I first saw this invitation, so I googled the name of the journal and visited their website.  After browsing their website, I have seen that the number of articles published in this journal is neither positive nor negative (I mean, just zero…). After taking a closer look to the other journals of the editorial, I was not able to find a journal with already published articles that could help me ascertaining about the quality of the journal, which is obviously not a good sign.

I wish this new company would become a well-established and independent editorial in the future. Nevertheless, with the provided information, I have not enough clues to ascertain whether this editorial will be either publishing high standard articles or added to the list of predatory open access journals (see more information about predatory publishing here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_open_access_publishing).

I will continue investigating about the evolution of this journal, but for the moment, I am afraid I have to turn this invitation down. In all the cases, the invitation was much appreciated,



PS: Needless to say, I would have love adding an extra line to my CV stating that I am a distinguished member of the editorial board, but I am afraid that I will renounce to this honour…

PS(2): Have any of you heard about this association/editorial before? Your feedback will be appreciated on the comments below.


2017.03 | Postdoc position: Rockslide mapping / Landslide mapping

Hi, I thought that this information might be interesting to some of you..

Project Position as Researcher – Rockslide mapping /
Landslide mapping

Application deadline: 2nd March 2017

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) is seeking to appoint a highly qualified and motivated geologist in its Geohazard and earth observation team… The work will focus on systematic mapping of unstable rock slopes using remote sensing techniques and field work. In addition is the assessment of monitoring data from unstable slopes and database work of importance. … Additional skills and experience in one or more of the following fields would be beneficial: remote sensing using ground-based or satellite-based techniques (e.g. dGNSS, LIDAR, RADAR), modelling of run-out behaviour of different landslide types, stability modelling, Quaternary geology, MatLab. The candidate should have good knowledge of GIS. The candidate should have a driving license category B.

Applicants should have completed a doctor degree at the time of appointment. The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team. The applicant is expected to exchange ideas and results with colleagues and take an interest in national and international research collaboration… The geohazard and earth observation team at NGU is a dynamic team including 13 scientists from Norway and 7 other countries.

More information here

2017.02 |Research impact|> 1000 citations during the last five years


I normally do not look at these numbers, but I have some good news to share with you: according to Google Scholar citations database, I’ve surpass 1000 mentions in scientific journals/book chapters during the last five years (2012-2017).

I know that research impact is being measured using some other indicators such as the impact factor of the journal, h index, etc, and that these indicators may be questioned concerning the REAL impact our research is doing, but it is always good to know that our recent investigation is being recognized by other researchers and collaborators.

Please, take a look to the google scholar citations database here:

Cheers up!


UPDATE (2018.10): the number of citations have been almost doubled in the last two years, and 2000 citations is the new milestone.

2016.06 | New position | University of Cambridge


I have recently obtained a Marie Curie fellowship for carrying out an exciting research project at the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge). I will be working here during the next two years, so please, feel free to take a look at my dedicated website here: http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/people/abellan/

I have to recognize that it was difficult to leave Switzerland after almost 6 years working as a Oberassistent (postdoc / research fellow / junior lecturer) in Michel Jaboyedoff’s group (University of Lausanne), one of the most well-known groups using LiDAR for landslide investigations.

I will update some more info soon




2016.06 | Award | 40 Remarkable Geospatial professionals under 40

Antonio Abellan – xyHt awardPlease, take a look at the issue of the xyht journal showing a series of remarkable Geospatial professionals..  does any of this looks familiar to you? Congratulations to all 😉


2015.08 | RockRisk project | UPC | New website


Good news, we have a new website for the RockRisk project,

This is challenging project leaded by my colleagues at Technical school of Catalonia (Nieves Lantada and Jordi Corominas) aiming to investigate rockfall hazard and risk, both studying rockfall volumes, fragmentation, propagation and vulnerability of the building to rockfall impacts.

Please, take a look at the website and collaborators here: http://rockrisk.upc.edu/



2015.07 | Fieldwork | Pyrinees | UPC

I’ve been doing an intense fieldwork campaign on the Aiguestortes Natural park (@ Pyrenees) with Jordi Corominas and his team, we were many different people involved and we had the opportunity to test several sensors, including our LiDAR, hexacopter, terrestrial photogrametry, total station, GPS … it was very funny, a great area to stay and a very nice company that helped providing interesting discussions, invited to beers and helped carrying the heavy equipment.. thanks!







Thanks to Felipe Buill, From the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) for sending some pictures!