Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
02 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 02 Aug 2021

Pulsed carbon export from mountains by earthquake-triggered landslides explored in a reduced-complexity model

Thomas Croissant, Robert G. Hilton, Gen K. Li, Jamie Howarth, Jin Wang, Erin L. Harvey, Philippe Steer, and Alexander L. Densmore


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AR by Thomas Croissant on behalf of the Authors (04 May 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 May 2021) by Jean Braun
RR by Sebastien Carretier (10 May 2021)
RR by Aaron Bufe (13 May 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 May 2021) by Jean Braun
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Jun 2021) by Niels Hovius(Editor)
Short summary
In mountain ranges, earthquake-derived landslides mobilize large amounts of organic carbon (OC) by eroding soil from hillslopes. We propose a model to explore the role of different parameters in the post-seismic redistribution of soil OC controlled by fluvial export and heterotrophic respiration. Applied to the Southern Alps, our results suggest that efficient OC fluvial export during the first decade after an earthquake promotes carbon sequestration.