A workflow for the rapid assessment of the landslide-tsunami hazard in peri-alpine lakes

Strupler, Michael; Anselmetti, Flavio S.; Hilbe, Michael; Kremer, Katrina; Wiemer, Stefan (2020). A workflow for the rapid assessment of the landslide-tsunami hazard in peri-alpine lakes. Geological Society Special Publications, 500(1), pp. 81-95. Geological Society 10.1144/SP500-2019-166

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Although lake tsunamis constitute a rare peril, they have repeatedly occurred in peri-alpine lakes in the past. There are several documented historical examples of landslide-triggered tsunamis in Swiss lakes. How- ever, fundamental information and workflows to rapidly quantify the lacustrine tsunami hazard for multiple lakes are missing so far. The fact that the shorelines of major peri-alpine lakes are densely populated underlines the need for a hazard assessment. Detailed assessments require high-resolution geophysical, geotechnical and sedimentological data, and considerable computation time. Due to the involved data acquisition and calculation efforts, such assessments are mainly conducted as detailed case studies for single lakes. We present a workflow for a rapid first-order estimation of the landslide-triggered tsunami hazard along the shores of peri-alpine lakes. A crucial step is the identification of potential tsunami sources. Unstable slopes are mapped automatically, based on parameters that are derived from past studies. Such parameters include the bathymetry and derived parameters, and type, characteristics and thickness of the sediments. Wave amplitudes are estimated with exist- ing predictive equations, based on the constructed maps of potentially unstable slopes. The results may be used for focusing more detailed, lake-specific tsunami-hazard assessments in respective areas.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences > Quaternary Geology

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Anselmetti, Flavio; Hilbe, Michael and Kremer, Katrina


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology




Geological Society




Flavio Anselmetti

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25 Mar 2020 11:27

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01 Jun 2022 08:54

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