Mariel Nelson Rose Hills
An in-depth field investigation of shallow landslides and slope stability in a sedimentary landscape
Shallow landslides, a major geologic hazard, can be initiated by periods of heavy rainfall or as a result of land use. Physical processes that occur during a landslide, however, are notoriously difficult to interpret because landslides are rarely witnessed and often occur as single events. During February 2017, an intense storm generated approximately 400 landslides in a hilly, sedimentary landscape near Williams, California. This study will survey each landslide that occurred at the site to obtain a detailed statistical dataset for comparison with high resolution topographic maps and existing hillslope stability models. Analyses of the dataset will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the processes that cause slope failure as well as large-scale landscape evolution.