Springer Theses

Periglacial Preconditioning of Debris Flows in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Authors: Sattler, Katrin

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  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Dr Andrew Mackintosh, Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • One of the few studies covering systematical analyses of environmental conditions within debris flow source areas
  • Lays special focus on the role of permafrost and frost-weathering in debris flow activity in high-alpine areas
  • Offers an in-depth introductions/literature review on debris flows, debris flow preconditioning factors and mountain permafrost
  • Presents empirical evidence for the influence of frost-weathering on debris flow formation
  • Demonstrates the potential and limitations of regional-scale studies advancing our understanding of debris-flow preconditioning factors
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This thesis represents one of the few studies so far that systematically analyses environmental conditions within debris flow source areas to determine their relative importance for debris flow development. Environmental site conditions, such as slope gradient and debris availability, influence the spatial and temporal distribution of debris flows in high-alpine areas. However, current understanding of these preconditioning controls is mostly qualitative and inadequate for debris-flow hazard assessments and climate change impact studies. 

The author's research investigates the role of frost weathering and permafrost in the occurrence of debris flows in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Analyses are based on an extensive debris flow inventory, documenting debris flow occurrence and activity over the last 60 years in selected catchments. Debris flow activity is compared to frost-weathering intensity estimates from two models, allowing the practical comparison of two competing frost-weathering hypotheses currently discussed in literature. Information on permafrost occurrence is based on a new distributed permafrost estimate for the Southern Alps, derived from climatic conditions at active rock glacier sites.
This pioneering thesis provides empirical evidence that frost weathering promotes debris-flow formation. It further highlights the potential and limitations of regional-scale studies for advancing our understanding of debris-flow preconditioning factors.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-35074-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35073-8
  • with online files
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-81716-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Periglacial Preconditioning of Debris Flows in the Southern Alps, New Zealand
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-35074-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-35074-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-35073-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81716-3
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 276
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 96 illustrations in colour
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