This Open-Air Laboratory is located in the lower Watten valley (Tyrol, Austria), specifically in the area of the slope of Vögerlsberg. This slope has a continuously moving part that can cause landslides.
Landslide at lower Watten Valley
The OAL-Austria is located south of the town of Wattens in Tyrol (Austria). It is characterized by a deep-seated gravitational slope deformation (DSGSD), which has recently shown active movement in the order of 4cm/a. The landslide continuously threatens several buildings, infrastructure, and managed forests and farm land. These elements at risk are situated on top of the active landslide, bearing the impacts of the continuous movement. Furthermore, if the foot slope of the landslide collapses (again), it could dam up the Watten river and may cause severe damage in the town of Wattens.
Motivation for choice according to hazard exposure and asset value
Deep-seated gravitational slope deformation active in the past decades
Houses, infrastructure and farm land
Mitigation measures have not been effective
Possible nature-based and hybrid solutions
Controlled discharge of near surface interflow using fascines
Snow fences for controlled accumulation of snow and melt water drainage
For more information you can visit the interactive page with elaborated details and solutions for OAL-Austria.
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