Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 1–9, 2016

Special issue: Frontiers in geomorphometry

Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 1–9, 2016

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

Tectonic geomorphology at small catchment sizes – extensions of the stream-power approach and the χ method

S. Hergarten et al.

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Short summary
Longitudinal river profiles are increasingly used for unraveling the tectonic history on a regional scale. In the last years, the introduction of the so-called chi transform brought significant technical progress, but this method is still limited to the domain governed by fluvial erosion covering only a small part of the surface. Here we present and compare extensions of the method towards smaller catchment sizes where hillslope processes or debris flows significantly contribute to erosion.