publication . Article . 2013

Biogeomorphic interactions in the Turtmann glacier forefield, Switzerland

Jana Eichel; Richard Dikau; Michael Krautblatter; Sebastian Schmidtlein;
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  • Published: 21 Jun 2013 Journal: Geomorphology, volume 201, pages 98-110 (issn: 0169-555X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Glacier forefields are dynamic environments dominated by active paraglacial processes and simultaneous vegetation succession, triggered by glacier retreat since the Little Ice Age. While these dynamics are accelerating in the last decades owing to climate change, interactions between vegetation and geomorphic processes and components and the resulting patterns are only partly understood. Using a biomorphic approach based on preexisting geomorphic and glaciological data, geomorphic activity was classified and mapped in the Turtmann glacier forefield, Switzerland. Vegetation and environmental parameters were sampled. Vegetation analysis was subsequently carried ou...
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free text keywords: Earth-Surface Processes, Ordination, Vegetation, Geomorphology, Vegetation classification, Physical geography, Climate change, Biogeomorphology, Paraglacial, Glacier, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Ecological succession, Geology
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