Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 445–462, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-445-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 445–462, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-445-2021

Research article 31 May 2021

Research article | 31 May 2021

Interactions between deforestation, landscape rejuvenation, and shallow landslides in the North Tanganyika–Kivu rift region, Africa

Arthur Depicker et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Apr 2021) by A. Joshua West
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ED: Publish as is (27 Apr 2021) by A. Joshua West
ED: Publish as is (27 Apr 2021) by Heather Viles(Editor)
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We investigated how shallow landslide occurrence is impacted by deforestation and rifting in the North Tanganyika–Kivu rift region (Africa). We developed a new approach to calculate landslide erosion rates based on an inventory compiled in biased © Google Earth imagery. We find that deforestation increases landslide erosion by a factor of 2–8 and for a period of roughly 15 years. However, the exact impact of deforestation depends on the geomorphic context of the landscape (rejuvenated/relict).