Université de Fribourg

Assessing the rock glacier kinematics on three different timescales: a case study from the southern Swiss Alps

Scapozza, Cristian ; Lambiel, Christophe ; Bozzini, Claudio ; Mari, Stefano ; Conedera, Marco

In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2014, vol. 39, no. 15, p. 2056–2069

Surface temperature increases since the 1990s have often been associated with an increase in the speed of rock glaciers. Evidence of similar links on the centennial to millennial scale are, however, still lacking due to less focus to date on the medium- and long-term kinematics of these landforms. In order to assess (palaeo)climatic variations in rock glacier kinematics, we analysed the movements...

Université de Fribourg

Inventorying slope movements in an Alpine environment using DInSAR

Barboux, Chloé ; Delaloye, Reynald ; Lambiel, Christophe

In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2014, p. -

Differential SAR Interferometry (DInSAR) is a technique that can be used to detect and characterize slope movements. It is investigated here as a tool for establishing a detailed overview of complex slope movements at a regional scale in an Alpine context. This paper gives specific recommendations to use and to understand DInSAR signals in mountainous areas located above the tree line, excluding...

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Evidences of winter ascending air circulation throughout talus slopes and rock glaciers situated in the lower belt of alpine discontinuous permafrost (Swiss Alps)

Delaloye, Reynald ; Lambiel, Christophe

In: Norwegian Journal of Geography

The winter ascending circulation of air throughout an accumulation of coarse slope sediments (the so-called chimney effect) facilitates the cooling of the ground and even the occurrence of permafrost in the lower part of a deposit. Simultaneously, any freezing is unlikely to occur in the upper part. The chimney effect has been reported to date mainly for cold and sometimes perennially frozen...