Title: Prediction of spatial patterns of collapsed pipes in loess-derived soils in a temperate humid climate using logistic regression
Citation: GEOMORPHOLOGY vol. 130 no. 3-4 p. 185-196
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC65221
ISSN: 0169-555X
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65221
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.03.015
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Soil piping (tunnel erosion) has been recognized as an important erosion process in collapsible loess-derived soils of temperate humid climates, which can cause collapse of the topsoil and formation of discontinuous gullies. Information about the spatial patterns of collapsed pipes and regional models describing these patterns is still limited. Therefore, this study aims at better understanding the factors controlling the spatial distribution and predicting pipe collapse. A dataset with parcels suffering from collapsed pipes (n = 560) and parcels without collapsed pipes was obtained through a regional survey in a 236 km² study area in the Flemish Ardennes (Belgium). Logistic regression was applied to find the best model describing the relationship between the presence/absence of a collapsed pipe and a set of independent explanatory variables (i.e. slope gradient, drainage area, distance-to-thalweg, curvature, aspect, soil type and lithology). Special attention was paid to the selection procedure of the grid cells without collapsed pipes. Apart from the first piping susceptibility map created by logistic regression modelling, a second map was made based on topographical thresholds of slope gradient (S) and upslope drainage area (A). The logistic regression model allowed identification of the most important factors controlling pipe collapse. Pipes are much more likely to occur when a topographical threshold depending on both slope gradient and upslope area is exceeded in zones with a sufficient water supply (due to topographical convergence and/or the presence of a clay-rich lithology). On the other hand, the use of slope-area thresholds only results in reasonable predictions of piping susceptibility, with a minimum of information.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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