Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide

Dramatic developments have been documented at the Aletsch glacier, where the ice has retreated at such a pace that an adjoining slope has also started to move rapidly. With the help of a unique dataset, researchers are able to demonstrate a direct connection between the ice loss of the Aletsch glacier and the slippage of the Moosfluh slope.

Recent years have seen rockfalls of increasing frequency and intensity at the foot of the Moosfluh slope
Image: Andrew Kos/ETH Zurich/Terrasense

Categories

  • Erosion/slop instability
  • Geomorphology
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Landslide
  • Mountain glacier