(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Soil–vegetation interaction on slopes with bush encroachment in the central Alps – adapting slope stability measurements to shifting process domains

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CAVIEZEL C. (1) ; HUNZIKER M. (1) ; SCHAFFNER M. (2) ; KUHN N.J. (1) ;
(1) Physical Geography and Environmental Change, Univ., Basel, SUISSE
(2) Dept. of History, Univ., Basel, SUISSE


Generally, an established perennial vegetation cover improves the mechanical anchoring of the soil and the regulation of the soil water budget, including run-off generation and erosion. However, changing vegetation composition affects many other above- and below-ground properties like root density, diversity and geometry, soil structure, pore volume and acidity. Each combination of these properties can lead to a distinct scenario of dominating surface processes. The study of soil properties along a chronosequence of green alder (alnus viridis) encroachment on the Unteralptal in central Switzerland revealed that shrub encroachment changes soil and vegetation properties towards an increase of resistance to run-off related erosion processes, but a decrease of slope stability against shallow landslides


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 39, no4 [pp. 509-521]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 12 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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