Digital elevation models (DEMs) are fundamental data models used for susceptibility assessment of landslides. Due to landscape change and reshaping processes, a DEM can show obvious temporal variation and has a significant influence on assessment results. To explore the impact of DEM temporal variation on hazard susceptibility, the southern area of Sichuan province in China is selected as a study area. Multitemporal DEM data spanning over 17 years are collected and the topographic variation of the landscape in this area is investigated. Multitemporal susceptibility maps of landslides are subsequently generated using the widely accepted logistic regression model (LRM). A positive correlation between the topographic variation and landslide susceptibility that was supported by previous studies is quantitatively verified. The ratio of the number of landslides to the susceptibility level areas (RNA) in which the hazards occur is introduced. The RNA demonstrates a general decrease in the susceptibility level from 2000 to 2009, while the ratio of the decreased level is more than fifteen times greater than that of the ratio of the increased level. The impact of the multitemporal DEM on susceptibility mapping is demonstrated to be significant. As such, susceptibility assessments should use DEM data at the time of study.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Computer Science Applications
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes