(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The role of border areas for dendrochronological investigations on catastrophic snow avalanches : a case study from the Italian Alps

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Univ. degli Studi, Dip. di Scienze della Terrra "Ardito Desio", Milano, ITALIE


In this work tree rings were used to investigate a disruptive snow avalanche which occurred in 2001 in Val Mala in the Italian Alps. Comparison of tree reaction in surviving plants along the flow path and vegetation on the border showed i) the production of reaction wood even in apparently undisturbed trees and ii) the usefulness of border plants for dating past events. Different dendroecological indicators were investigated. The results confirm the possibility of applying dendrochronological techniques to trees adjacent to the flow path, even if they appear morphologically undisturbed, and proposes to use only border areas in cases of an absence of sufficient trees along the avalanche track


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 87, no2 [pp. 209-215]

Bibliographic references : 30 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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