Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 653–668, 2017

Special issue: 4-D reconstruction of earth surface processes: multi-temporal...

Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 653–668, 2017

Research article 16 Oct 2017

Research article | 16 Oct 2017

Seismic monitoring of small alpine rockfalls – validity, precision and limitations

Michael Dietze et al.

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We use a seismometer network to detect and locate rockfalls, a key process shaping steep mountain landscapes. When tested against laser scan surveys, all seismically detected events could be located with an average deviation of 81 m. Seismic monitoring provides insight to the dynamics of individual rockfalls, which can be as small as 0.0053 m3. Thus, seismic methods provide unprecedented temporal, spatial and kinematic details about this important process.