(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Spatial patterns, causes and consequences of landslides in the Gilgel Gibe catchment, SW Ethiopia

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BROOTHAERTS N. (1) ; KISSI E. (2) ; POESEN J. (1) ; VAN ROMPAEY A. (1) ; GETAHUN K. (3) ; VAN RANST E. (4) ; DIELS J. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, K. Univ., Leuven, BELGIQUE
(2) Dep. of Natural Resources Management, Univ., Jimma, ETHIOPIE
(3) Dep. of Geography and Environmental Studies, Univ., Jimma, ETHIOPIE
(4) Dep. of Geology and Soil Science, Univ., Ghent, BELGIQUE


This study investigates the spatial and temporal patterns, causes and consequences of landslides in the Gilgel Gibe catchment in SW Ethiopia, and assesses the contribution of the landslides to the high sediment load in the rivers of the Gilgel Gibe catchment. In total, 60 landslides were mapped. High annual rainfall, lithology and steep slopes are preconditions for the landslides. Distance to rivers is significantly the most important precondition, as slopes near rivers are less stable than slopes further away from the rivers. Deforestation caused higher runoff and hence more landslides along the rivers. Heavy rainfall is the main triggering factor


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 97 [pp. 127-136]

Bibliographic references : 49 ref.

Collation : 11 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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