Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Research article
01 Feb 2023
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2023

Geology and vegetation control landsliding on forest-managed slopes in scarplands

Daniel Draebing, Tobias Gebhard, and Miriam Pheiffer

Data sets

Geophysical and vegetation data on three landslides in the Franconian Jura D. Draebing, T. Gebhard, and M. Pheiffer

Digitales Geländemodell (DGM) Bayerisches Landesamt für Digitslisierung, Breitband und Vermessung

Short summary
Scarpland formation produced low-inclined slopes susceptible to deep-seated landsliding on geological scales. These landslide-affected slopes are often used for forestry activities today, and interaction between geology and vegetation controls shallow landsliding. Our data show that Feuerletten clays control deep-seated landsliding processes that can be reactivated. When trees are sufficiently dense to provide lateral root cohesion, trees can prevent the occurrence of shallow landslides.