Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Research article
30 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 30 Mar 2015

Modelling rapid mass movements using the shallow water equations in Cartesian coordinates

S. Hergarten and J. Robl


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Short summary
Snow avalanches and debris flows are abundant natural hazards in mountainous regions. Numerical models describing rapid mass movements are essential for hazard studies and mitigation strategies, but only a few software tools are available for this purpose. This paper presents a new method using the shallow water equations widely applied to lakes and oceans. It introduces appropriate correction terms for steep terrain and can be implemented in a variety of fluid-dynamics software packages.
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