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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 C, Kuhn N J, Meusburger K
Type of Publication:
Reviewed Journal Article
Erde, 2010, V141, N4, SI, pp 301-319.
Changes in land use and climate can increase landscape susceptibility for mass wasting. This study illustrates a method aimed at reconstructing landscape susceptibility for mass wasting in the Ursern Valley, Switzerland, based on an analysis of alp inspection reports of the years 1950-2000. The yearly reports were written by farmers commissioned to supervise pasture use and condition on the communal land. The analysis offers the possibility to reconstruct mass wasting history, its patterns in time and space as well as its determining factors. Preliminary results show that mass wasting frequency increased since 1970 and that the recorded events are not distributed uniformly in time and space, but concentrated on geologically sensitive slopes which experienced an increase in grazing intensity.
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C Caviezel, Univ Basel, Inst Geog, Dept Umweltwissensch, Klingelbergstr 27, CH 4056 Basel, Switzerland ; Research Addresses: Chatrina Caviezel, Nikolaus J ; Kuhn: Univ Basel, Inst Geog, Dept Umweltwissensch, CH 4056 Basel, Switzerland; Katrin Meusburger: Univ Basel, Dept Umweltwissensch, Inst Umweltgeowissensch, CH 4056 Basel, Switzerland ; Email: C.email@example.com, Nikolaus.firstname.lastname@example.org, K.meusburger @unibas.ch
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