Estimating the effects of water-induced shallow landslides on soil erosion
journal contributionposted on 24.05.2016, 13:31 by Claudio Bosco, Graham SanderGraham Sander
Rainfall induced landslides and soil erosion are part of a complex system of multiple interacting processes, and both are capable of signi cantly a ecting sediment budgets. This may potentially impact on a broad network of ecosystems, also altering the services they provide. To support the integrated assessment of these processes it is necessary to develop reliable modelling architectures. This paper proposes a semi-quantitative integrated methodology for a robust assessment of soil erosion rates in data poor regions a ected by landslide activity. It combines heuristic, empirical and probabilistic approaches. This proposed methodology is based on the geospatial semantic array programming paradigm and has been implemented on a catchment scale methodology using GIS spatial analysis tools and GNU Octave. The integrated data-transformation model relies on a modular architecture, where the information ow among modules is constrained by semantic checks. In order to improve computational reproducibility, the geospatial data transformations implemented in ESRI ArcGis are made available in the free software GRASS GIS. The proposed modelling architecture is exible enough for future transdisciplinary scenario-analysis to be more easily designed. In particular, the architecture might contribute as a novel component to simplify future integrated analyses of the potential interaction landslide/erosion by water to be performed not only for current land-cover but also exploring ecological disturbances such as wildfires and plant pest outbreaks.
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