Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1173–1186, 2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1173–1186, 2018

Research article 18 Apr 2018

Research article | 18 Apr 2018

Assessing the interaction between mountain forests and snow avalanches at Nevados de Chillán, Chile and its implications for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction

Alejandro Casteller et al.

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Natural hazards such as snow avalanches, debris flows and volcanic activity represent a risk to mountain communities. This is particularly the case where documentary records about these processes are rare. As a result, decisions on risk management and land-use planning are based on other sources such tree-ring data and process models. Our study was conducted at Valle Las Trancas in Chile, where we evaluated the dynamics of avalanches and other natural hazards which threaten its population.
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