Quantifying sediment transport processes in periglacial mountain environments at a catchment scale using geomorphic process units
Bartsch, A., Gude, M. and Gurney, S. D. (2009) Quantifying sediment transport processes in periglacial mountain environments at a catchment scale using geomorphic process units. Geografiska Annaler Series a-Physical Geography, 91A (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0435-3676
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The research record on the quantification of sediment transport processes in periglacial mountain environments in Scandimvia dates back to the 1950s. A wide range of measurements is. available, especially from the Karkevagge region of northern Sweden. Within this paper satellite image analysis and tools provided by geographic information systems (GIS) are exploited in order to extend and improve this research and to complement geophysical methods. The processes of interest include mass movements such as solifluction, slope wash, dirty avalanches and rock-and boulder falls. Geomorphic process units have been derived in order to allow quantification via GIS techniques at a catchment scale. Mass movement rates based on existing Field measurements are employed in the budget calculation. In the Karkevagge catch ment. 80% of the area can be identified either as a source area for sediments or as a zone where sediments are deposited. The overall budget for the slopes beneath the rockwalls in the Karkevagge is approximately 680 t a(-1) whilst about 150 : a-1 are transported into the fluvial System.
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