Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 47–70, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-47-2016
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 47–70, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-47-2016

Research article 20 Jan 2016

Research article | 20 Jan 2016

Storm-triggered landslides in the Peruvian Andes and implications for topography, carbon cycles, and biodiversity

K. E. Clark et al.

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The key findings of this paper are that landslides in the eastern Andes of Peru in the Kosñipata Valley rapidly turn over the landscape in ~1320 years, with a rate of 0.076% yr-1. Additionally, landslides were concentrated at lower elevations, due to an intense storm in 2010 accounting for ~1/4 of the total landslide area over the 25-year remote sensing study. Valley-wide carbon stocks were determined, and we estimate that 26 tC km-2 yr-1 of soil and biomass are stripped by landslides.