Flow velocities were measured on the Plator rock glacier in the Central Italian Alps using a cor-relation image analysis algorithm on orthophotos acquired by drones between the years 2016 and 2020. The spatial patterns of surface creep were then compared to the Bulk Creep Factor (BCF) spatial variability to interpret the rock glacier dynamics as a function of material proper-ties and geometry. The rock glacier showed different creep rates in the rooting zone (0.40–0.90 m/y) and in the frontal zone (>4.0 m/y). Close to the rock glacier front, the BCF assumed the highest values, reaching values typical of rock glaciers experiencing destabilisation. Conversely, in the rooting zone the small rates corresponded to lowest BCFs, about five times smaller than in the frontal zone. The Plator rock glacier revealed a substantial advancement from 1981 to 2020 and distinct geomorphological features typical of rock glaciers exhibiting destabilising process-es. Given the fast-moving phase, the advancement of both the front line and the front toe of the rock glacier, and the contrasting spatial distribution in the BCFs, the Plator could be considered a destabilised rock glacier.

Bearzot, F., Garzonio, R., Colombo, R., Crosta, G., Di Mauro, B., Fioletti, M., et al. (2022). Flow velocity variations and surface change of the destabilised Plator rock glacier (Central Italian Alps) from aerial surveys. REMOTE SENSING, 14(3) [10.3390/rs14030635].

Flow velocity variations and surface change of the destabilised Plator rock glacier (Central Italian Alps) from aerial surveys

Bearzot, F
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Garzonio, R;Crosta, G. B;Di Mauro, B;Rossini, M.
2022

Abstract

Flow velocities were measured on the Plator rock glacier in the Central Italian Alps using a cor-relation image analysis algorithm on orthophotos acquired by drones between the years 2016 and 2020. The spatial patterns of surface creep were then compared to the Bulk Creep Factor (BCF) spatial variability to interpret the rock glacier dynamics as a function of material proper-ties and geometry. The rock glacier showed different creep rates in the rooting zone (0.40–0.90 m/y) and in the frontal zone (>4.0 m/y). Close to the rock glacier front, the BCF assumed the highest values, reaching values typical of rock glaciers experiencing destabilisation. Conversely, in the rooting zone the small rates corresponded to lowest BCFs, about five times smaller than in the frontal zone. The Plator rock glacier revealed a substantial advancement from 1981 to 2020 and distinct geomorphological features typical of rock glaciers exhibiting destabilising process-es. Given the fast-moving phase, the advancement of both the front line and the front toe of the rock glacier, and the contrasting spatial distribution in the BCFs, the Plator could be considered a destabilised rock glacier.
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Bulk Creep Factor BCF; Creep; Italian Alps; Morphology; Permafrost; Rock glacier;
English
Bearzot, F., Garzonio, R., Colombo, R., Crosta, G., Di Mauro, B., Fioletti, M., et al. (2022). Flow velocity variations and surface change of the destabilised Plator rock glacier (Central Italian Alps) from aerial surveys. REMOTE SENSING, 14(3) [10.3390/rs14030635].
Bearzot, F; Garzonio, R; Colombo, R; Crosta, G; Di Mauro, B; Fioletti, M; Morra Di Cella, U; Rossini, M
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