Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Research article
16 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 16 Feb 2017

Quantifying irreversible movement in steep, fractured bedrock permafrost on Matterhorn (CH)

Samuel Weber, Jan Beutel, Jérome Faillettaz, Andreas Hasler, Michael Krautblatter, and Andreas Vieli


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AR by Samuel Weber on behalf of the Authors (30 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Oct 2016) by Ketil Isaksen
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (07 Nov 2016)
RR by Valentin Gischig (09 Nov 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (28 Nov 2016) by Ketil Isaksen
AR by Samuel Weber on behalf of the Authors (09 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (30 Jan 2017) by Ketil Isaksen
Short summary
We present a 8-year continuous time series of measured fracture kinematics and thermal conditions on steep permafrost bedrock at Hörnligrat, Matterhorn. Based on this unique dataset and a conceptual model for strong fractured bedrock, we develop a novel quantitative approach that allows to separate reversible from irreversible fracture kinematics and assign the dominant forcing. A new index of irreversibility provides useful indication for the occurrence and timing of irreversible displacements.