Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Research article
25 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 25 Aug 2021

Optimizing and validating the Gravitational Process Path model for regional debris-flow runout modelling

Jason Goetz, Robin Kohrs, Eric Parra Hormazábal, Manuel Bustos Morales, María Belén Araneda Riquelme, Cristián Henríquez, and Alexander Brenning

Data sets

Debris flow inventory and data for regionally modelling runout in the upper Maipo river basin, Chile E. Parra-Hormazábal, J. Calabrese-Fernández, M. Bustos-Morales, M. B. Araneda-Riquelme, J. Goetz, R. Kohrs, A. Brenning, and C. Henríquez

Model code and software

runoptGPP: An R package for optimizing mass movement runout models J. Goetz

Short summary
Debris flows are fast-moving landslides that can cause incredible destruction to lives and property. Using the Andes of Santiago as an example, we developed tools to finetune and validate models predicting likely runout paths over large regions. We anticipate that our automated approach that links the open-source R software with SAGA-GIS will make debris-flow runout simulation more readily accessible and thus enable researchers and spatial planners to improve regional-scale hazard assessments.
Final-revised paper