Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Karel Šilhán, Ph.D.

  • ksHead of Lab
  • Head of Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology
  • Associate professor on DPGG OU
  • Supervisor in doctoral study (Environmental geography)
  • Lab PR
  • h-index: 13

2014 – Assoc. Prof. – Physical geography and geoecology
2009 – Ph.D.
- Environmental geography
2007 – RNDr. – Physical geography and geoecology
2006 – Mgr. – Physical geography and geoecology


  • dendrogeomorphology
  • dynamical geomorphology
  • geomorphology of debris flow

Hobbies: fishing, biking

Peer-reviewed impacted publications:

  • GALIA, T., RUIZ-VILLANUEVA, V., TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., STOFFEL, M., (in review): Characteristics and geomorphic significance of large and small instream wood in a mixed-forest headwater basin. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • ŠILHÁN, K., GALIA, T., ŠKARPICH, V., (in review): Origin and development of a large wood jam in medium-high mountains: an example of the Mazák Stream, Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (in review): Dendrogeomorphic chronologies of landslides: dating of true landslide movements? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
  • TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., TOLASZ, R., (2017): Tree ring-based chronology of hydro-geomorphic processes as a fundament for identification of hydro-meteorological triggers in the Hrubý Jeseník Mountains (Central Europe). Science of the Total Environment, 579, 1904-1917.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., TICHAVSKÝ, R., (2017): Snow avalanche and debris flow activity in the High Tatras Mountains: New data using dendrogeomorphic survey. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 134, 45-53.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2017): Evaluation of growth disturbances of Picea abies (L.) Karst. in response to landslide movements. Geomorphology, 376, 51-58.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PROKEŠOVÁ, R., MEDVEĎOVÁ, A., TICHAVSKÝ, R., (2016): The effectiveness of dendrogeomorphic methods for reconstruction of past spatio-temporal landslide behaviour. Catena, 147, 325-333.
  • TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., (2016): Spatio-temporal specifics of hydro-geomorphic processes in headwater parts of mid-mountains reconstructed based on tree-ring data – a case study from the Hrubý Jeseník Mountains (Czech Republic). Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 98, 369-388.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., TICHAVSKÝ, R., (2016): Recent increase in debris flow activity in the Tatras Mountains: results of a regional dendrogeomorphic reconstruction. Catena, 143, 221-231.
  • TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., (2016): The changing ability of Norway spruce (P. abies) to record hydrogeomorphic processes based on the age and diameter of the tree stem - a dendrogeomorphic approach. Catena, 147, 469-480.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., GALIA, T., ŠKARPICH, V., (2016): Detailed spatio-temporal sediment supply reconstruction using tree ring data. Hydrological Processes, 30, 4139-4153.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., TICHAVSKÝ, R., (2016): Polygenetic origin and surface development of the Laspi slope deformation (Crimean Mountains): the multidisciplinary approach. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 60, 11-20.
  • ŠILHÁN, K.,RŮŽEK, I., BURIAN, L., (2016): Dynamics of gully slopes erosion: a case study using tree roots exposure data. Open Geosciences, 8, 108-116.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2016): How different are the results acquired from mathematical and subjective methods in dendrogeomorphology? Insights from landslide movements. Geomorphology, 253, 189-198.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2015): Can tree tilting indicate mechanisms of slope movement? Engineering Geology, 199, 157-164.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., STOFFEL, M., (2015): Tree-age control on reconstructed debris-flow frequencies: examples from a regional dendrogeomorphic reconstruction in the Crimean Mountains. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40, 243-251.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., (2015): Řídící faktory vzniku blokovobahenních proudů na jižních svazích Krymského pohoří. Geografie, 120, 50-63.
  • TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., (2015): Dendrogeomorphic approaches for understanding the initiation and behaviour of debris flows and relative torrential processes in the case of mid-mountain range (the Hrubý Jeseník Mts.; Czech Republic). Geomorphology, 246, 445-457.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., STOFFEL, M., (2015): Impacts of age-dependent tree sensitivity and dating approaches on dendrogeomorphic time series of landslides. Geomorphology, 236, 34-43.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2015): Frequency, predisposition and triggers of floods in Flysch Carpathians: regional study using dendrogeomorphic methods. Geomorphology, 234, 243-253.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., GALIA, T., (2015): Sediment (un)balance budget in a high-gradient stream on flysch bedrock: A case study using dendrogeomorphic methods and bedload transport simulation. Catena, 124, 18-27.
  • TICHAVSKÝ, R., ŠILHÁN, K., TOLASZ, R., (2014): Origin, triggers and spatio-temporal variability of debris flows in high-gradient channels (a case study from the culmination part of the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts.; Czech Republic). Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 9, 5-16.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., TURSKÝ, O., BRÁZDIL, R., KLIMEŠ, J., KAŠIČKOVÁ, L., (2014): Spatio-temporal patterns of recurrent slope instabilities affecting undercut slopes in flysch: a dendrogeomorphic approach using broad-leaved trees. Geomorphology, 213, 240-254.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., (2014): Registrace pohybu skalních bloků dendrogeomorfologickými metodami: nový metodický přístup. Geografie, 119, 50-66.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2014): Chronology of processes in high-gradient channels of medium-high mountains and their influence on alluvial fans properties.Geomorphology, 206, 288-298.
  • PÁNEK, T.,SMOLKOVÁ, V., HRADECKÝ, J., BAROŇ, I., ŠILHÁN, K., (2013): Catastrophic complex flow-like landslides in the Flysch Carpathians (Czech Republic/Slovakia): recent activity and Holocene retrespection. Quaternary Research, 80, 33-46.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., (2013): Implications of spatial distribution of rockfall reconstructed by dendrogeomorphological methods. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 1817-1826.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., DUŠEK, R., HAVLŮ, D., BRÁZDIL, R., KAŠIČKOVÁ, L., HRADECKÝ, J., (2013): The dating of bedrock landslide reactivations using dendrogeomorphic techniques: the Mazák landslide, Outer Western Carpathians (Czech Republic). Catena, 104, 1-13.
  • PÁNEK, T., ŠILHÁN, K., HRADECKÝ, J., STROM, A., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ZERKAL, O., (2012): A megalandslide in the Norsthern Caucasus foredeep (Uspenskoye, Russia): geomorphology, possible mechanism and age constraints. Geomorphology, 177-178, 171-181.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2012): Dendrogeomorphological analysis of the evolution of slope processes on flysch rocks (Vsetínské vrchy Mts; Czech Republic). Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 7, 39-49.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., (2012): Frequency of fast geomorphological processes in high-gradient streams: case study from the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts (Czech Republic) using dendrogeomorphic methods. Geochronometria, 39, 122-132.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., (2012): Tree-ring analysis in the reconstruction of slope in stabilities associated with earthquakes and precipitation (the Crimean Mountains, Ukraine). Geomorphology, 173-174, 174-184.
  • BRÁZDIL, R., ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., DOBROVOLNÝ, P., KAŠIČKOVÁ, L., TOLASZ, R., (2012): The influence of meteorological factors on rockfall in the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts. Geografie, 117, 1-20.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., BRÁZDIL, R., PÁNEK, T., DOBROVOLNÝ, P., KAŠIČKOVÁ, L., TOLASZ, R., TURSKÝ, O., VÁCLAVEK, M., (2011): Evaluation of meteorological controls of reconstructed rockfall activity in the Czech Flysch Carpathians. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36, 1989-1909.
  • PÁNEK, T., ŠILHÁN, K., TÁBOŘÍK, P., HRADECKÝ, J., SMOLKOVÁ, V., LENÁRT, J., BRÁZDIL, R., KAŠIČKOVÁ, L., PAZDUR, A., (2011): Catastrophic slope failure and its precedings: case of the May 2010 Girová Mountain long-runout rockslide (Czech Republic). Geomorphology, 130, 352-364.
  • ŠTĚPANČÍKOVÁ, P., DOHNAL, J., PÁNEK, T., ŁÓJ, M., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ŠILHÁN, K., (2011): The application of electrical resistivity tomography and gravimetric survey as useful tools in an active tectonics study of the Sudetic Marginal Fault (Bohemian Massif, central Europe). Journal of Applied Geophysics, 74, 69-80.
  • MIGOŃ, P., PÁNEK, T., MALIK, I., HRADECKÝ, J., OWCZAREK, P., ŠILHÁN, K., (2010): Complex landslide terrain in the Kamienne Mountains, Middle Sudetes, SW Poland. Geomorphology, 124, 200–214.
  • PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ŠILHÁN, K., MINÁR, J., ZERNITSKAYA, V., (2010): Largest prehistoric landslide in the northwestern Slovakia: chronological constraints of the Kykula long-runout landslide and related dammed lakes. Geomorphology, 120, 233–247.
  • ŠILHÁN, K., PÁNEK, T., (2010): Fossil and recent debris flows in medium-high mountains (Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts, Czech Republic). Geomorphology, 124, 238–249.
  • PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., ŠILHÁN, K., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ALTOVÁ, V., (2009): Time constraints for the evolution of a large slope collapse in karstified mountainous terrain of the southwestern Crimean Mountains, Ukraine. Geomorphology, 108, 171–181.
  • PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., ŠILHÁN, K., (2009): Geomorphic evidence of ancient catastrophic flow-like landslides in the midmountain ridges of the Western Flysch Carpathians (Czech Republic). International Journal of Sediment Research, 24, 88–98.
  • PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ŠILHÁN, K., (2008): Giant ancient landslide in the Alma water gap (Crimean Mountains ; Ukraine): notes to the predisposition, structure and chronology. Landslides, 5, 367–378.
  • PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J., SMOLKOVÁ, V., ŠILHÁN, K., (2008): Gigantic low-gradient landslides in the northern periphery of the Crimean Mountains (Ukraine). Geomorphology, 95, 449–473