Modeling and classification of alluvial fans with DEMs and machine learning methods : a case study of Slovenian torrential fans
ID Babič, Matej (Author), ID Petrovič, Dušan (Author), ID Sodnik, Jošt (Author), ID Soldo, Božidar (Author), ID Komac, Marko (Author), ID Chernieva, Olena (Author), ID Kovačič, Miha (Author), ID Mikoš, Matjaž (Author), ID Calì, Michele (Author)

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Alluvial (torrential) fans, especially those created from debris-flow activity, often endanger built environments and human life. It is well known that these kinds of territories where human activities are favored are characterized by increasing instability and related hydrological risk; therefore, treating the problem of its assessment and management is becoming strongly relevant. The aim of this study was to analyze and model the geomorphological aspects and the physical processes of alluvial fans in relation to the environmental characteristics of the territory for classification and prediction purposes. The main geomorphometric parameters capable of describing complex properties, such as relative fan position depending on the neighborhood, which can affect their formation or shape, or properties delineating specific parts of fans, were identified and evaluated through digital elevation model (DEM) data. Five machine learning (ML) methods, including a hybrid Euler graph ML method, were compared to analyze the geomorphometric parameters and physical characteristics of alluvial fans. The results obtained in 14 case studies of Slovenian torrential fans, validated with data of the empirical model proposed by Bertrand et al. (2013), confirm the validity of the developed method and the possibility to identify alluvial fans that can be considered as debris-flow prone.

Keywords:digital elevation model, torrential fan surfaces, geomorphometric parameters, graph method, debris flows
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:18 str.
Numbering:Vol. 13, iss. 9, art. 1711
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-127268 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2072-4292
DOI:10.3390/rs13091711 This link opens in a new window
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Publication date in RUL:01.06.2021
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Title:Remote sensing
Shortened title:Remote sens.
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Licensing start date:01.05.2021

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Keywords:digitalni model reliefa, DMR, daljinsko zaznavanje, hidrologija, struktura hudourniških vršajev, geomorfometrični parametri, metoda grafov, drobirski tokovi


Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:J7-8273
Name:Prepoznavanje potencialno nevarnih hudourniških vršajev z metodami geomorfometrije in simulacijami nastanka vršajev

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:International Programme on Landslides
Project number:IPL-225

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Università degli Studi di Catania
Project number:308811

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