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Geomorphic consequences of land cover dynamics in hillslope environments

Land cover dynamics are driving forces for geomorphic processes in mountain landscape inducing beneficial and adverse effects on landscape evolution. Detecting and monitoring land cover changes are consequently of fundamental relevance in a wide spectrum of useful applications for adjusting soil protection and land management policies and are necessary to identify hillslope denudation, to quantify the soil loss, and to assess changing environmental conditions (vegetation communities and soil properties). Land cover data can be acquired at local, regional and/or global scales using traditional and/or innovative technologies (from field measurements to remote sensing) with different accuracy. Using such information, most investigations have been focusing on analyse, model and predict geomorphic and landform-shaping processes that have a strong impact on both natural ecosystems and cultivated lands in terms of economic, social and environmental implications. In particular, the alterations of soil properties and vegetation cover in terms of soil aggregation, soil detachment, root reinforcement and/or soil hydraulic and hydrological processes, are often causes of more complex and extremely difficult to predict landscape processes.
Thus, this session aims to group together the most recent scientific researches and activities, especially those paying heed to transient or log-term slope failure mechanism as well as surface/subsurface water flow and soil erosion processes. Research abstracts are invited to address:
1. observation of different land cover types, land cover changes (urbanization, road building, forest destruction, etc.), and occurrences of geomorphic processes (erosion, landslides, rockfalls) using a wide spectrum of technologies, such as field instruments, drone and satellite images;
2. investigation on relationship between land cover change and surface evidences at different scale, from hillslope to regional scale;
3. assessment of soil instabilities (erosion, landslides, rockfalls) through innovative modelling approaches (statistical, physical-based, and numerical);
4. development of guidelines and regulations for practitioners, technicians, policy and decision makers.
We highly welcome pioneering researches from all fields, especially from geomorphology, agricultural science, soil science, geotechnics and environmental engineering. Early career scientists are encouraged to contribute to the session with original and advanced studies.

Co-organized by
Convener: Alessio CislaghiECSECS | Co-conveners: Elmar SchmaltzECSECS, Stefan StegerECSECS