A national landslide inventory of Denmark

Gregor Luetzenburg, Kristian Svennevig, Anders Anker Bjork, Marie Keiding, Aart Kroon

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Landslides are a frequent natural hazard occurring globally in regions with steep topography. Additionally, landslides are playing an important role in landscape evolution by transporting sediment downslope. Landslide inventory mapping is a common technique to assess the spatial distribution and extend of landslides in an area of interest. High-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) have proven to be useful databases to map landslides in large areas across different land covers and topography. So far, Denmark had no national landslide inventory. Here we create the first comprehensive national landslide inventory for Denmark derived from a 40 cm resolution DEM from 2015 supported by several 12.5 cm resolution orthophotos. The landslide inventory is created based on a manual expert-based mapping approach, and we implemented a quality control mechanism to assess the completeness of the inventory. Overall, we mapped 3202 landslide polygons in Denmark with a level of completeness of 87 %. The landslide inventory can act as a starting point for a more comprehensive hazard and risk reduction framework for Denmark. Furthermore, machine-learning algorithms can use the dataset as a training dataset to improve future automated mapping approaches.
TidsskriftEarth System Science Data
StatusAfsendt - dec. 2021


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