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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2019-235
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Submitted as: brief communication 29 Jul 2019

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Brief communication: Post-wildfire rockfall risk in the Eastern Alps

Sandra Melzner1, Nurit Shtober-Zisu2, Oded Katz3, and Lea Wittenberg4 Sandra Melzner et al.
  • 1Department of Applied Geology, Geozentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Schlossgarten 5, Erlangen, 91054, Germany
  • 2Department of Israel Studies, University of Haifa, Abba Khoushy Ave 199, Haifa, 3498838, Israel
  • 3Geological Survey of Israel, 32 Yeshayahu Leibowitz St., Jerusalem 9692100, Israel
  • 4Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Abba Khoushy Ave 199, Haifa, 3498838, Israel

Abstract. In the Eastern Alps no previous research focused on the impact of wildfires on the occurrence of rockfalls. The investigation of wildfires and post-wildfire rockfalls gains new importance with respect to changes in weather extremes and rapid social developments such as population growths and tourism. The present work describes a wildfire that occurred in August 2018 in a famous world-heritage site in Austria. Indicators of fire severity and rockfall occurrence during and after the fire are described.

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In the Eastern Alps, no work on post-wildfire rockfall activity and risk has been published so far. The present work describes a wildfire that occurred in August 2018 in a famous world-heritage site in Austria. Indicators of fire severity and rockfall occurrence during and after the fire are described. Future research needs are defined in order to raise the awareness for the implementation of a new research focus in the Alpine region.
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