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

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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.