Geografie 2011, 116, 144-155

Rockfall hazard and risk assessment on forested slopes, examples from Czechia

Jan Klimeš

Ústav struktury a mechaniky hornin AV ČR, v. v. i., V Holešovičkách 41, Praha, Czechia

Received January 2010
Accepted March 2011

Rockfall hazard is assessed using, which is one dimensional tool for assessing the protective function of forests against rockfall. Three sites where chosen to test the tool with different morphological and forest conditions. For each site, it was evaluated how the boulder size and forest composition affects the probability of the rocks to surpass the forested slope. The was also used for back calculations of past event, which happened during the floods in July 1997 in the village of Bystřička in the Vsetínské vrchy Hills. In this case, also a partial quantitative risk assessment with suggestions for risk management was performed.


Author thanks to the grant project GA ČR No. 205/09/P383 for financial support and Luuk Dorren for help with manuscript preparation.


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