Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
31 Mar 1995
 | 31 Mar 1995

Cellular automaton for realistic modelling of landslides

E. Segre and C. Deangeli

Abstract. A numerical model is developed for the simulation of debris flow in landslides over a complex three dimensional topography. The model is then validated by comparing a simulation with reported field data. Our model is in fact a realistic elaboration of simpler "sandpile automata", which have in recent years been studied as supposedly paradigmatic of "self-organized criticality". Statistics and scaling properties of the simulation are examined, and show that the model has an intermittent behaviour.