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Empirical quantification of rockfall reach probability: objective determination of appropriate topographic descriptor

Abstract

For rockfall hazard assessment on areas more than several km2 in size, the quantification of runout probability is usually done empirically. Classical methods use statistical distributions of reach or energy angles derived from rockfall databases. However, other topographic descriptors can be derived from the topographic profiles along the rockfall path. Using a database of more than 4,000 profiles of rockfall paths, we determine which topographic descriptors are most appropriate for reach probability estimation, by comparing their statistical distributions for rockfall stopping points, and for points the rocks overtook. We show that the curvilinear length of the propagation path, and the area under the propagation path can improve propagation estimations, especially when they are computed only along the final portion of the propagation path. This is illustrated by comparing an experimental distribution of rockfall stopping points to the estimated distributions.
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hal-04546441 , version 1 (15-04-2024)

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Marc Peruzzetto, Bastien Colas, Clara Lévy, Jérémy Rohmer, Franck Bourrier. Empirical quantification of rockfall reach probability: objective determination of appropriate topographic descriptor. XIVth International Symposium on Landslides, Jul 2024, Chambéry, France. ⟨hal-04546441⟩
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