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HILLSCAPE project: Movie about the 2018 fieldwork

The multidisciplinary HILLSCAPE project had its first field season at the Sustenpass. A movie about their work is out now.


Water and vegetation shape the surface and subsurface properties of hillslopes through weathering, soil development, and erosion. These processes, in turn, control water flow paths. How does this feedback cycle evolve in the first 10,000 years? How is this related to the evolution of hillslope structure, including plant cover?

HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution (HILLSCAPE) is a collaborative multidisciplinary research project of the University of Zurich, the University of Freiburg and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. It focuses on the vertical and lateral redistribution of water and matter along hillslopes and how this redistribution affects and is affected by soil, vegetation and landscape development. 

HILLSCAPE fieldwork Sustenpass 2018 on YouTube


Picture: Screenshot YouTube