Debris Flow and Global Warming

By | February 23, 2012

 

 

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Debris flows are a type of mass movement that frequently cause major destruction in alpine areas. Because debris flows are generally the product of heavy precipitation events, and because climate models project a future increase in the frequency and/or intensity of extreme precipitation events in consequence of CO2-induced global warming, many have become alarmed that such disastrous earthen flows will become more commonplace. In the present review, the likelihood of this claim is evaluated from three data-driven studies reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

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