Einfluss von Permafrostdegradation auf Hangstabilitaet

Translated title of the contribution: Influence of degrading pwrmafrost on slope stability

Friederike Gunzel, Wilfried Haeberli

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Perennially frozen ground (permafrost) in high mountain areas has a large influence on the stability of steep rock and scree slopes. However, this influence diminishes due to increasing temperatures, leading to dangerous rock avalanches and debris flows. High-mountain permafrost has been intensely researched during the last decades, both in the laboratory and in the field. In this chapter the mechanisms of rock falls in permafrost, creep processes in ice-rich scree, and methods of permafrost monitoring are introduced. Examples of large rock falls in permafrost illustrate the hazards caused by such events.
Translated title of the contributionInfluence of degrading pwrmafrost on slope stability
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationWarnsignal Klima
Subtitle of host publicationHochgebirge im Wandel
EditorsJose Lozan, Siegmar Breckle, Heidi Escher-Vetter, Hartmut Grassl, Dieter Kasang, Frank Paul, Udo Schickhoff
Place of PublicationHamburg
PublisherWissenschaftliche Auswertungen
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)3982006734
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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