EGU General Assembly 2023
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Post-earthquake geoenvironmental changes in landslide-affected watersheds in Atsuma, Hokkaido (Japan)

Yuichi S. Hayakawa1, Tennyson Lo2, Azim Zulhilmi2, Xinyue Yu2, and Xiaoxiao Wang2
Yuichi S. Hayakawa et al.
  • 1Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (
  • 2Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Following drastic changes in geoenvironmental components by coseismic landslides in mountainous watersheds, more gradual changes can be observed in the elements, including bare-land surface conditions, sediment connectivity, and vegetation recovery on sloping terrains. Such geoenvironmental changes may continue for years to decades, with complex interrelationships among various geomorphological and ecological factors. Their assessments are also crucial for local to regional environmental management. After the occurrence of numerous coseismic landslides triggered by the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake in northern Japan, geomorphological and geoecological changes were explored using optical and laser sensors on uncrewed aerial systems. Morphological characteristics of the landslide-affected slopes in the watersheds were assessed with structure-from-motion multi-view stereo photogrammetry and light detection and ranging topographic datasets, while vegetation recovery on the slopes was examined with visible-light and near-infrared images. Although spatial relationships among morphological developments, sediment mobility, and vegetation recovery were not clearly observed, their general temporal trends may be correspondent. Dominant processes affecting the morphological developments are supposed to be frost heave in the cold climate and non-frequent high-intensity rainfalls, and these can be conditioning vegetation growth. Such local changes will be further examined on a wider, regional scale. 

How to cite: Hayakawa, Y. S., Lo, T., Zulhilmi, A., Yu, X., and Wang, X.: Post-earthquake geoenvironmental changes in landslide-affected watersheds in Atsuma, Hokkaido (Japan), EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-5689,, 2023.