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

  • ksHead of Lab
  • Associate professor on DPGG OSU
  • Associate professor on DBI UHK
  • Supervisor in doctoral study (Environmental geography; Applied biology and ecology)
  • Lab PR
  • h-index: 18 (WoS)

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
  • slope processes
  • landslides

Studied regions:

Outer Western Carpathias, Czech cretaceous table, Tatra Mts. (Slovakia), Slovenské rudohoří (Slovenskia), Kamenné hory (Poland), Crimean Mts. (Ukraine), Kavkaz (Russia), Taurus (Turkey), Patagonia (Argentina)

Hobbies: fishing, biking

Peer-reviewed impacted publications:


  • Šilhán, K., (2021): The age-dependent sensitivity of Picea abies (L.) Karst. to landslide movements. Science of the Total Environment 776, 145933.
  • Šilhán, K., (2021): Dendrogeomorphology of different landslide types: a review. Forests 12, 261.
  • Břežný, M., Pánek, T., Braucher, R., Šilhán, K., Chalupa, V., Lenart, J., Aster Team (2021): Old but still active: >18 ka history of rock slope failures affecting flysch anticline. Landslides 18, 89-104.
  • Ruman, S., Tichavský, R., Šilhán, K., (2021): Palaeoflood discharge estimation using dendrogeomorphic methods, rainfall-runoff and hydraulic modelling - a case study from southern Crete. Natural Hazards 105, 1721-1742.
  • Fabiánová, A., Chalupa, V., Šilhán, K., (2021): Dendrogeomorphic dating vs. low-magnitude landsliding. Quaternary Geochronology 62, 101150.
  • Šilhán, K., (2021): Assessment of spoil heap landslide development using anatomical tree growth responses. Engineering Geology 281, 105988.
  • Šilhán, K., (2021): Spatial dendrogeomorphic sampling based on the specific tree growth responses induced by the landslide mechanism. Quaternary Geochronology 61, 101132.
  • Šilhán, K., Ružek, I., Frištyk, M., Wiśniewská, K., (2021): Growth responses of Pinus sylvestris (L.) to burial by drift sand and its application to the reconstruction of aeolian dune development. Catena 196, 104830


  • Pánek, T., Schönfeldt, E., Winocur, D., Břežný, M., Šilhán, K., Chalupa, V., Korup, O., (2020):  Moraines and Marls: Giant landslides of the Lago Pueyrredón valley in Patagonia, Argentina. Quaternary Science Reviews 248, 106598.
  • Šilhán, K., (2020): Dendrogeomorphology of landslides: principles, results and perspectives. Landslides 17, 2421-2441.
  • Schönfeldt, E., Pánek, T., Winocur, D.A., Šilhán, K., Korup, O., (2020): Postglacial Patagonian mass movement: From rotational slides and spreads to earthflows. Geomorphology 367, 107316.
  • Bogusch, P., Hlaváčková, L., Šilhán, K., Horsák, M., (2020): Long-term changes of steppe-associated wild bees differ between shell-nesting and ground-nesting species. Journal of Insect Conservation 24, 513-523.
  • Šilhán, K., (2020): Tree-ring based estimation of landslide areal reactivation as a fundament of magnitude-frequency assessment. Forests 11(4), 400.
  • Tichavský, R., Koutroulis, A., Chalupová, O., Chalupa, V., Šilhán, K., (2020): Flash flood reconstruction in the Eastern Mediterranean: regional tree ring-based chronology and assessment of climate triggers on the island of Crete. Journal of Arid Environments 177, 104135.
  • Chalupová, O., Šilhán, K., Kapustová, V., Chalupa, V., (2020): Spatiotemporal distribution of growth releases and suppressions along a landslide body. Dendrochronologia 60, 125676.
  • Šilhán, K., (2020): Tree ring evidence of slope movements preceding catastrophic landslides. Landslides 17, 615-626.


  • Šilhán, K., Klimeš, J., Tichavský, R., (2019): The sensitivity of dendrogeomorphic approaches to assessing landslide movements. Geomorphology 347, 106869 (***)
  • Tichavský, R., Ballestros Canovas, J.A., Šilhán, K., Tolasz, R., Stoffel, M., (2019). Dry spells and extreme precipitation are the main trigger of landslides in Central Europe. Scientific Reports 9, 14560 (***)
  • Přecechtělová, H., Šilhán, K., (2019): Tree ring based estimation of the landslide movement velocity: evaluation of new experimental approach. Geomorphology  339, 104-113. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., Tichavský, R., Fabiánová, A., Chalupa, V., Chalupová, O., Škarpich, V., Tolasz, R., (2019): Understanding complex slope deformation through tree-ring analyses. Science of the Total Environment 665, 1083-1094. (***)
  • Tichavský, R., Kluzová, O., Šilhán, K., (2019): Differences between the responses of European larch (Larix decidua Mill.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst) to landslide activity based on dendrogeomorphic and dendrometric data. Geomorphology 330, 57-68.(***)
  • Šilhán, K., Kluzová, O., Tichavský, R., (2019): The on field differentiation of snow avalanche- and debris flow-induced scars in trees as a fundament for improving dendrogeomorphic sampling strategy (case study from the Great Cold valley in High Tatra Mountains). Cold Regions Science and Technology 158, 1-9.(***)
  • Šilhán, K., (2019): Tree ring eccentricity in the dendrogeomorphic analysis of landslides - a comparative study. Catena 174, 1-10. (***)


  • Šilhán, K., Tichavský, R., Škarpich, V., Břežný, M., Stoffel, M., (2018): Regional, tree-ring based chronology of landslides in the Outer Western Carpathians. Geomorphology, 321, 33-44. (***)
  • Bogusch, P., Van Achterberg, C., Šilhán, K., Astapenková, A., Heneberg, P., (2018): Description of mature larvae and ecological notes on Gasteruption Latreille (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea: Gasteruptiidae) parasitizing hymenopterans nesting in reed galls. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 65, 1-21. (***)
  • Tichavský, R., Kluzová, O., Břežný, M., Ondráčková, L., Krpec, P., Tolasz, R., Šilhán, K., (2018): Increased gully activity induced by short-term human interventions – dendrogeomorphic research based on exposed tree roots. Applied Geography, 98, 66-77. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., (2018): Detailed reconstruction of gully headcut retreat using exposed tree roots: a case study from the Vsetínské vrchy Mts. (Outer Western Carpathians). Geografie, 123, 179-199. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., Galia, T., Škarpich, V., (2018): Origin and development of a large wood jam in medium-high mountains: An example of the Mazák Stream, Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts., Czech Republic. Geografie, 123, 159-177. (***)
  • Galia, T., Ruiz-Villanueva, V., Tichavský, R., Šilhán, K., Horáček, M., Stoffel, M., (2018): Characteristics and geomorphic significance of large and small instream wood in a mixed-forest headwater basin. Forest Ecology and Management, 424, 468-482. (***)
  • Bednarik, M., Putiška, R., Dostál, I., Tornyai, R., Šilhán, K., Holzer, F., Weis, K., Ružek, I., (2018): Multidisciplinary research of landslide at UNESCO site of Lower Hodruša mining water reservoir. Landslides, 15, 1233-1251. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., Tichavský, R., Galia, T., Škarpich, V., (2018): Hydrogeomorphic activity in ungauged Mediterranean gorges: specifics of tree ring data-based study. Catena, 167, 90-99. (***)
  • Galia, T., Tichavský, R., Škarpich, V., Šilhán, K., (2018): Distribution of large wood in a headwater channel after an extraordinary hydrogeomorphic event: the roles of transport agents and check-dams. Catena, 165, 537-550. (***)
  • Galia, T., Škarpich, V., Tichavský, R., Vardakas, L., Šilhán, K., (2018): Structural patterns and dynamics of large instream wood in a Mediterranean ephemeral stream. Geomorphology, 310, 15-28. (***)
  • Pánek, T., Lenart, J., Hradecký, J., Hercman, H., Braucher, R., Šilhán, K., Škarpich, V., (2018): Coastal cliffs, rock-slope failures and Late Quaternary transgressions of the Black Sea along the southern Crimea. Quaternary Science Reviews, 181, 76-92. (***)


  • Šilhán, K., (2017): Dendrogeomorphic chronologies of landslides: dating of true landslide movements? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42, 2109-2118. (***)
  • Tichavský, R., Šilhán, K., Stoffel, M., (2017): Age-dependent sensitivity of trees disturbed by debris flows – implications for dendrogeomorphic reconstructions. Quaternary Geochronology, 42, 63-75. (***)
  • Lenart, J., Tichavský, R., Večeřa, J., Kapustová, V., Šilhán, K., (2017): Geomorphic evolution and genesis of the Velké pinky stopes in Zlatohorská vrchovina highland, Eastern Sudete. Geomorphology, 296, 91-103. (***)
  • Galia, T., Šilhán, K., Škarpich, V., (2017): The geomorphic impacts of road culverts on headwater channels and gully development. Catena, 157, 424-435. (***)
  • Galia, T., Šilhán, K., Ruiz-Villanueva, V., Tichavský, R., Stoffel, M., (2017): Temporal dynamics of instream wood in headwater streams draining mixed Carpathian forests. Geomorphology, 292, 35-46. (***)
  • 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, 597, 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. to disturbances caused by landslide movements. Geomorphology 276, 51-58. (***)


  • 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., Galia, T., Škarpich, V., (2016): Detailed spatio-temporal sediment supply reconstruction using tree ring data. Hydrological Processes, 30, 4139-4153.(***)
  • 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. (***)
  • 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., 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., Ružek, 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.(***)
  • 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., 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. (***)
  • 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. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., (2015): Frequency, predisposition and triggers of floods in Flysch Carpathians: regional study using dendrogeomorphic methods. Geomorphology,234, 243-253. (***)
  • Šilhán, K., Stoffel, M., (2015): Impacts of age-dependent tree sensitivity and dating approaches on dendrogeomorphic time series of landslides. Geomorphology, 236, 34-43. (***)


  • 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(3), 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): Holocene reactivations of catastrophic complex flow-like landslides in the Flysch Carpathians (Czech Republic/Slovakia). 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., Smoková, 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 (***)