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Meteorological Patterns Linked to Landslide Triggering in Asturias (NW Spain): A Preliminary Analysis

Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Oviedo, c/Jesús Arias de Velasco s.n., 33005 Oviedo, Spain
Delegación Territorial en el Principado de Asturias, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, Av. Cristo de las Cadenas 108, 33006 Oviedo, Spain
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Geosciences 2018, 8(1), 18;
Received: 19 November 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Hazards and Risks Assessment)
Asturias is one of the most landslide prone areas in the north of Spain. Most landslides are linked to intense and continue rainfall events, especially between October and May. This fact points out precipitation as the main triggering factor in the study area. Thirteen rainfall episodes that caused 1064 landslides between 2008 and 2016 have been selected for its study. Landslide records come from the Principality of Asturias Landslide Database (BAPA) and meteorological data from the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET). Meteorological conditions which took place during each period have been characterized by using NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis data. Four main landslide-triggering meteorological patterns have been identified for the Asturian territory: Strong Atlantic Anticyclone pattern (SAA), Atlantic Depression pattern (AD), Anticyclonic ridge pattern (AR) and Cut-off Low pattern (CL). View Full-Text
Keywords: landslide; rainfall; meteorological pattern; Asturias landslide; rainfall; meteorological pattern; Asturias
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Valenzuela, P.; Iglesias, M.; Domínguez-Cuesta, M.J.; Mora García, M.A. Meteorological Patterns Linked to Landslide Triggering in Asturias (NW Spain): A Preliminary Analysis. Geosciences 2018, 8, 18.

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