(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Landslide area probability density function statistics to assess historical landslide magnitude and frequency in coastal California

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Earth Research Inst., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Watershed Center, Univ. of California, Davis, ETATS-UNIS


Landslide area probability density function (PDF) statistics elucidate the landslide magnitude–frequency distribution in a small coastal watershed in central California. Detailed mapping into a GIS and compilation of 2 slide inventories in Walker Creek, Marin County, reflect erosional effects of storms occurring in 1941 and 1998, respectively. The AA. focus on the spatial distribution and area of slides to illustrate that during both periods slides originate mainly from hillslopes underlain by Franciscan Complex units with slopes ranging from ~10 to 40%. The magnitude–frequency distribution of slides represented by the PDF produces a curve that has a linear portion representing the relatively large slides. The power functions of the linear portion of these curves have exponents of about − 2.0 for both inventories. Results suggest that the storm event-based PDF of landslide area developed using historical aerial images is a viable means of quantifying the landslide magnitude–frequency relationship at the scale of a small watershed


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 109 [pp. 129-138]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 7 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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