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Disturbing mountain forests reduces their protective effect against natural hazards

29.06.2020
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Disturbing mountain forests reduces their protective effect against natural hazards

Human settlements exist in many mountainous areas of the world, and related infrastructure is highly exposed to natural hazards such as debris flow and flooding. Mountain forests play a central role in balancing the environment and minimising the risk of such hazards, but this protection is being threatened as canopies are increasingly disturbed (by events both natural, such as beetle outbreaks and trees being uprooted by wind, and anthropogenic, such as forest management). This study sought to quantify the effects of forest cover and disturbance on torrential hazards in the Eastern Alps.

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