E3S Web of Conf.
Volume 415, 20238th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazard Mitigation (DFHM8)
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Debris-flow activity and sediment dynamics in the landslide-influenced Lattenbach catchment, Austria
1 Inst. of Mountain Risk Eng., Dept. of Civil Eng. and Natural Hazards, BOKU Vienna, Peter-Jordan-Straôe 82, 1190 Wien
2 Inst. of Applied Geology, Dept. of Civil Eng. and Natural Hazards, BOKU Vienna, Peter-Jordan-Straôe 82, 1190 Wien
3 Dept. of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montréal, H3G 1M8, QC
4 Dept. of Civil Engineering, TU Delft, Stevinweg 1 / PO-box 5048, 2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft1
5 Dept. of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB Utrecht
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep seated landslides are common phenomena in Alpine areas. In case of a direct connectivity with the channel system, the catchment’s sediment yield and the probability of other forms of mass wasting processes such as debris flows may be increased significantly. Up to now, sediment dynamics related to deep-seated landslides and debris flows have not been quantified. The Lattenbach catchment (basin area 5,3 km², relief 2134 m) in Grins (Tyrol, Austria), is an example for an active DF-site, where there is geomorphological evidence of deep-seated landslide activity. In this study we shed light (1) on the location and size of active landslides in the catchment, that may deliver sediment to the channel system. Furthermore, we want to (2) quantify the contributed sediment volumes by these landslides (3) and estimate the exported sediment by debris flow. We apply an image correlation algorithm to high resolution ALS and TLS terrain models of derived over a period of 14 years to calculate surface movement rates within the catchment and locate deep seated landslide activity. We further assess the sediment yield of these landslides to the channel system and relate that with DF-volumes measured by a monitoring station at the catchment outlet. We find that there are five deep-seated landslide bodies directly connected to the channel system in the catchment. These are the largest source of sediment and significantly increases the overall sediment yield of the catchment. Our study shall contribute to the limited knowledge about the importance of deep-seated landslides for sediment dynamics and debris-flow activity, as their presence is predicted to be more frequent in the wake of global warming.
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