(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Application of eccentric growth of trees as a tool for landslide analyses : The example of Picea abies Karst. in the Carpathian and Sudeten Mountains (Central Europe)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WISTUBA M. (1) ; MALIK I. (1) ; GÄRTNER H. (2) ; KOJS P. (3 4) ; OWCZAREK P. (5) ;
(1) Fac. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Silesia, Sosnowiec, POLOGNE
(2) Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Landscape Dynamics, Dendroecology, Birmensdorf, SUISSE
(3) Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden, Center for Biological Diversity Conservation, Warsaw, POLOGNE
(4) Silesian Botanical Garden, Mikołów, POLOGNE
(5) Inst. of Geography and Regional Development, Wrocław, POLOGNE


A method based on dendrochronology was developed to analyse the spatial and temporal variability of landslide activity. The method involves a feature of wood anatomy, tree-ring eccentricity, which is used in the dating procedure. The degree of eccentricity is used as an indicator of the intensity of the mechanical stress affecting a tree stem in a certain year. The aim was to develop a mathematical indicator of tree-ring eccentricity for dating the recent dynamics of landslides. A method presented in this paper is also designed for practical application in detecting initial landslide activity and allowing the determination of triggering factors. The method was used in the Carpathian and Sudeten Mountains on three landslides with different sizes and geological settings.


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 111 [pp. 41-55]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 9 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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