Landslides Kosñipata Valley, Peru (Clark et al. 2016)

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Please cite: Clark, K. E., West, A. J., Hilton, R. G., Asner, G. P., Quesada, C. A., Silman, M. R., Saatchi, S. S., Farfan Rios, W., Martin, R. E., Horwath, A. B., Halladay, K., New, M., and Malhi, Y. (2016), Storm-triggered landslides in the Peruvian Andes and implications for topography, carbon cycles, and biodiversity, Earth Surface Dynamics, 4, 47-70, doi: 10.5194/esurf-4-47-2016.

Landslides within the Kosñipata Valley in Peru were manually mapped over a 25-year period from 1988 to 2012 using Landsat 5 (Landsat Thematic Mapper) and Landsat 7 (Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus) satellite images. The landslide inventory was produced by manually mapping landslide scars and their deposits in ArcGIS and by verifying via ground truthing of scars in the field. Mapping involved visually comparing images from one year to the next, specifically evaluating contrasting colour changes that suggest a landslide had occurred. The landslide areas visible via spectral contrast in the Landsat images include regions of failure, run-out areas, and deposits. Pan-sharpened high-resolution Quickbird and Worldview images were used to define the landslide boundaries.

Topographic shadow produced by hillslopes covered a minimum of 21% of the study area (35 km2 out of 185 km2), predominantly on southwest-facing slopes was consistently present between images. Landslides that fell within these shadow areas were not visible. Any landslides that were partially mapped underneath the Landsat topographic shadow were removed (see Figure 2a in Clark et al. 2016).

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Other spatial datasets from Clark et al. (2016):
Clark, K., J. West, R. Hilton (2017). Landsat topographic shadow, Kosñipata Valley, Peru (Clark et al. 2016), HydroShare,
Clark, K., J. West, R. Hilton (2017). Region of landslide mapping, Kosñipata Valley, Peru (Clark et al. 2016), HydroShare,
Clark, K., J. West, R. Hilton (2017). Landslide rates and hillslope turnover, Kosñipata Valley, Peru (Clark et al. 2016), HydroShare,

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
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Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
Clarendon Fund PhD Scholarship K. Clark
National Science Foundation A. J. West NSF-EAR 1227192
Natural Environment Research Council New Investigator Grant: R. G. Hilton NE/I001719/1
Jackson Foundation Y. Malhi
European Research Council ERC Advanced Investigator Grant: Y. Malhi GEM-TRAIT
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PhD Scholarship K. Clark

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Clark, K., J. West, R. Hilton, G. Asner, C. Quesada, M. Silman, S. Saatchi, R. Martin, A. Horwath, K. Halladay, M. New, Y. Malhi (2017). Landslides Kosñipata Valley, Peru (Clark et al. 2016), HydroShare,

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