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Results published in the January issue of the journal "Geomorphology".

Assistant Professor Brian Buma and Adelaide Johnson, of the US Forest Service, published results in the January issue of the journal Geomorphology on a large scale analysis of where landslides occurred in Southeast Alaska, and related that to average storm tracks. While most people think of landslides as predominantly a function of rainfall, the results indicate that on steep slopes, wind can trigger slides by interacting with forest vegetation. This was not unexpected, but the regularity of the findings (across almost 300 landslide events, in unmanaged, wilderness area forests) suggests that incorporating average storm tracks -- which around Southeast Alaska are almost always south or southeasterly -- into landslide danger ratings and maps may be a useful step for southeast Alaskan communities.  


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