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Applicability of Alp Inspection Reports for the Reconstruction of Land-Use and Mass Wasting History in the Ursern Valley, Switzerland

Caviezel, Chatrina and Kuhn, Nikolaus J. and Meusburger, Katrin. (2010) Applicability of Alp Inspection Reports for the Reconstruction of Land-Use and Mass Wasting History in the Ursern Valley, Switzerland. Die Erde, Vol. 141, H. 4. pp. 301-319.

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Abstract

Changes in land use and climate can increase landscape susceptibility for mass wasting. This studyillustrates a method aimed at reconstructing landscape susceptibility for mass wasting in the UrsernValley, Switzerland, based on an analysis of alp inspection reports of the years 1950-2000. The yearlyreports were written by farmers commissioned to supervise pasture use and condition on the communalland. The analysis offers the possibility to reconstruct mass wasting history, its patterns in time andspace as well as its determining factors. Preliminary results show that mass wasting frequency increasedsince 1970 and that the recorded events are not distributed uniformly in time and space, but concentratedon geologically sensitive slopes which experienced an increase in grazing intensity.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geographie > Physiogeographie und Umweltwandel (Kuhn)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften (Alewell)
UniBasel Contributors:Kuhn, Nikolaus J. and Caviezel, Chatrina and Meusburger, Katrin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Gesellschaft für Erdkunde
ISSN:0013-9998
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:24 May 2013 09:21
Deposited On:24 May 2013 09:00

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