Spatial and temporal variation of rock mass sagging in the Tatra Mountains (Western Carpathians)

Rock mass sagging and catastrophic slope failures (landslides, debris flows, rockfalls etc.) are characteristic, but chronologically enigmatic processes affecting elevated ridges of the highest mountains of the Western Carpathians. The substance of the project is to determine chronological evolution of sagging-type rock slope failures and large mass movements in the context of the chronology of glaciation and other Late Glacial/Holocene environmental events on the example of the Tatra Mountains (Slovakia, Poland). Determination of main preparatory and triggering factors of rock slope instabilities will be performed by the reconstruction of the chronologies involving gravitational and glacial landforms and utilization of sedimentary records within available sedimentary sinks. Main methodological approaches will comprise geomorphic and sedimentary analyses, relative and numerical dating, dendrogeomorphology and geophysical sounding. Results of the project will be used for the contribution to the general paraglacial models of rock slope failures in deglaciated mountain belts.