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The core of ecorisQ is made of its members. By joining ecorisQ you will expand your professional network and profit from transparent tools in the field of natural hazard risks. Being an ecorisQ member demonstrates that you are willing to increase the transparancy and reproducibility of natural hazard analyses and that you promote sustainable protection against natural hazards.  

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There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor,
Everytime we say goodbye (Ella Fitzgerald).


We, the ecorisQ board, mourn the loss of our co-board member, colleague and friend Karl (Charly) Kleemayr, who passed away last friday. We remember Karl as a highly motivated and cheerful person, a natural hazard enthusiast, always coming up with new ideas for research and collaborations. But surely not only that, he will remain in our memory as jazz lover and everything that goes with it, as well as a virtuous saxophonist and helpful friend. He could always be relied upon to bring a sense of happiness, fun, and a little mischief in our gatherings. The official obituary of the BFW, the organisation where he worked, can be found here. He will be sorely missed by us and the wider community. Our thoughts and condolences go particularly to his wife and son as well as to the wider family.

There is no need to re-iterate that 2020 has been an unusual year. Our seventh general assembly parallel to the 5th International Conference on Soil, Bio- and Eco-Engineering in Bern was cancelled, just like all planned training courses on Rockyfor3D and SOSlope. Nevertheless, we continued working on new tools. For example, all ecorisQ tools are now available for Windows (64 and 32 bit), Mac and Linux. In addition, we finished the development of the beta version of SlideForce - a hillslope debris flow runout simulation model - that will be made available in the beginning of 2021. In paralell, we are in the process of finalising SlideForMap (a tool for regional shallow landslide disposition assessment) and BankForMap (a tool for assessing bank erosion at catchment scale). Both tools will be released in 2021 as well.

Due to COVID-19, the cancelled general assembly and the additional daily work (especially in university teaching), we decided to publish a combined association report 2019-2020 in spring 2021. We sincerely hope that we will be able to organise the seventh general assembly parallel to the 5th International Conference on Soil, Bio- and Eco-Engineering in Bern in June 2021. it would be great to meet each other then. Finally, we already wish everyone a prosperous new year! 

Today, we uploaded Windows (both 64 and 32 bit), Mac, as well as Linux versions of all the ecorisQ tools that need to be installed locally (ELine, FINT, Rockyfor3D and SOSlope, see the tools section of our website - after login). As such we hope to satisfy all ecorisQ members with their diversity of operating systems (OS). Please let us know (by sending a short email, mentioning your OS) in case you encounter software problems. For windows users, as always, do not forget to run the licence .exe file as administrator (using a mouse right-click).

Firstly, we wish you all the best for the year 2020. As every year, you will need to install a new licence file to make sure your ecorisQ tools are operational in 2020. The licence files for 2020 are now online in the “tools” menu (only accessible after login).

In 2019, we developed 64-bit windows versions for Rockyfor3D and SOSlope, so that larger datasets can be treated more efficiently by the software. As a result, you’ll need to install licence files for these 64-bit versions. The other ecorisQ tools will be transformed in 64-bit versions in the coming year. For now, they are stil available in 32-bit versions and for these, a 32-bit licence file is required.

Secondly, from 13 - 19 June 2020, we organise our seventh general assembly parallel to the 5th International Conference on Soil, Bio- and Eco-Engineering at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH-HAFL in Zollikofen (15 min. from the centre of Bern, Switzerland). The preliminary programme and call for abstract submission can be found here. Training courses on Rockyfor3D and SOSlope will be organised in the frame of this conference.

Lastly, an additional training course on Rockyfor3D will be organised in Bergen (Norway) on the 15th of May 2020, directly after the Interpraevent 2020 congress. Detailed information on this training course will follow in March 2020.

New in SOSlope version 1.5.0 (November 2019)

  • Changed TWI input to Contributing Area (CA)
  • TWI calculated internally using sin(slope)
  • Added new GIS outputs and renamed files for better readability
  • Added one tree specie: Populus nigra (Black poplar)

New in SOSlope version 1.4.0 (April 2019):

  • Added input for user-defined output directory name
  • Added inputs for soil depth parameters (Depth_min, Depth_max, Slope_min,
    Slope_max) for calculating soil depth as a function of slope using a linear
  • Added checkbox for basal root reinforcement
  • Added three new tree species: Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven, Ailanthus),
    Quercus pubescens (Pubescent Oak), Thrychiocarpus fortunei (Chinese windmill
  • Updated values for Pinus radiata

New in SOSlope version 1.3.9 (July 2018):

  • Added new tree specie: Betula pendula (Birch)
  • Added display of soil USCS parameters in drop-down menu
  • Fixed bugs in some tree specie implementation
  • Removed message log during run for increased speed performance