About The Author

Hugo Loaiciga served as the Water Commissioner for the City of Santa Barbara for six years before joining the Department in 1988. He received the 2002 Service to the Profession Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute for his "longstanding contributions to research and technical activities" of the two groups, and he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his "outstanding contributions to the planning, analysis, and operation of water resources engineering" in 2007.

In 2010 he began working on sea leve rise in California and its effect on coastal freshwater aquifers. He has several other interesting projects underway, including: seawater desalination with solar energy and water/energy sustainable development, as well as groundwater hazards.

A Closer Look At Shallow Landslides

It is common to read, watch, and hear reports of landslides and other types of earth movements on sloping terrain caused by heavy rain. The layperson intuitively thinks of the ground as becoming wetter and “heavier” during rain, thus, somehow it becomes “softer” and prone to fail during rain. This intuition is generally well-justified, but