Comparison of an empirical and a process-based model for simulating debris-flow inundation following the 2010 Schultz Fire in Coconino County, Arizona, USA
The importance of understanding the extent of areas threatened by post-wildfire debris flows cannot be overstated, as illustrated by the post-Thomas Fire flows through Montecito, California, in January 2018. Methods and models developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to identify burned basins at risk of producing post-wildfire debris flows are well established, effective and commonly used. In contrast, there is no similarly established methodology for delineating debris-flow hazard zones downstream of basins prone to producing post-fire debris flows. Understanding potential inundation zones is ...
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