DEVELOPING LANDSLIDE MODELING CAPABILITIES WITHIN LANDLAB TO EVALUATE LANDSCAPE RESPONSE AND RECOVERY TO MEGA-LANDSLIDES
We developed a module in LandLab to build numerical landscape models of a developing horst range affected by mega-landslides. LandLab is a Python-based open source landscape evolution modeling software that is designed to quantify surface processes and evolution of landscapes through time. The landslide module allows for modeling uplift of a horst block, failure(s) of a portion of the block, and landscape response following modeled landslides. This module was then used to conduct idealized modeling exercises to evaluate the scope of potential rangefront morphologies resulting from mega-landslide processes.
This idealized landscape modeling has provided information on (i) the general evolution of rangefront stratigraphy as it relates to landsliding and landslide deposits; (ii) estimating the time scale for relaxation of landslide source areas following an event, and what lingering impacts on the fluvial network may remain to be extracted from the topography; and (iii) disruptions to the pattern of alluviation on the fans and other basin fill by emplacement of a mega-landslide. These results will be compared to exposed and buried mega-landslides throughout the province. Key geomorphic features from these models will be used to guide analysis of rangefronts for potential buried mega-landslide deposits.