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New in SOSlope version 1.5.0 (November 2019)

  • Changed TWI input to Contributing Area (CA)
  • TWI calculated internally using sin(slope)
  • Added new GIS outputs and renamed files for better readability
  • Added one tree specie: Populus nigra (Black poplar)

New in SOSlope version 1.4.0 (April 2019):

  • Added input for user-defined output directory name
  • Added inputs for soil depth parameters (Depth_min, Depth_max, Slope_min,
    Slope_max) for calculating soil depth as a function of slope using a linear
    equation
  • Added checkbox for basal root reinforcement
  • Added three new tree species: Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven, Ailanthus),
    Quercus pubescens (Pubescent Oak), Thrychiocarpus fortunei (Chinese windmill
    Palm)
  • Updated values for Pinus radiata

New in SOSlope version 1.3.9 (July 2018):

  • Added new tree specie: Betula pendula (Birch)
  • Added display of soil USCS parameters in drop-down menu
  • Fixed bugs in some tree specie implementation
  • Removed message log during run for increased speed performance

EcorisQ organizes a SOSlope training course in the USA at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, on the 7th of December 2019. In this course we will present an updated version of SOSlope and will use case studies to illustrate the use of the software for modeling shallow landslide hazards and for quantitative evaluation of soil bio-engineering measures. The participation is cost-free and limited to a total of 25 participants. The program can be found here. An additional course will be orgsanized on the 8th of December if there is a high demand. For registration please write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last thursday, the 26th of September 2019, the Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds (WPMMW), a technical body under the umbrella of the European Forestry Commission (EFC), established in 1950, met in Innsbruck to discuss "Protective Functions of Forests in a Changing Climate". The meeting was organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, the Province of Tyrol and FAO. The program of the meeting can be found here. The main take home messages were:

  • Forests reduce natural hazard risks, they do not provide 100% protection (the same accounts for human made structural measures)
  • Forests should be an integral part of risk management strategies
  • Legal frameworks for implementing protection forests are largely available / in force - it just has to be done and not only in the Alps
  • Major challenges for protection forests are:
    • regeneration of forests (ensuring establishment and growth of young trees that overtake the proecrive role of older ones in the future)
    • climate change (i.e., changing regimes in insect outbreaks, pests and diseases, forest fires and windthrow, drought stress)
    • manpower and financial resources to ensure long-term sustainable management 

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