Optimizing landslide susceptibility zonation_ Effects of DEM spatial resolution and slope unit delineation on logistic regression models

R. Schlögel(1,2), I. Marchesini (3), M. Alvioli (3), P. Reichenbach (3), M. Rossi (3), J.-P. Malet (2), 2018, Optimizing landslide susceptibility zonation_ Effects of DEM spatial resolution and slope unit delineation on logistic regression models, Geomorphology (Amst.) 301 (2018): 10–20. doi_10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.10.018,
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We perform landslide susceptibility zonation with slope units using three digital elevation models (DEMs) of varying spatial resolution of the Ubaye Valley (South French Alps). In so doing, we applied a recently developed algorithm automating slope unit delineation, given a number of parameters, in order to optimize simultaneously the partitioning of the terrain and the performance of a logistic regression susceptibility model. The method allowed us to obtain optimal slope units for each available DEM spatial resolution. For each resolution, we studied the susceptibility model performance by analyzing in detail the relevance of the conditioning variables. The analysis is based on landslide morphology data, considering either the whole landslide or only the source area outline as inputs. The procedure allowed us to select the most useful information, in terms of DEM spatial resolution, thematic variables and landslide inventory, in order to obtain the most reliable slope unit-based landslide susceptibility assessment.

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