Landslides in southern Kyrgyzstan: Understanding tectonic controls



[1] Frequent landsliding is one of the greatest natural hazards facing the inhabitants of Central Asia's Fergana Basin and the surrounding mountain ranges. Active tectonics in the region is rapidly building the Tien Shan, one of the highest mountain ranges on Earth, and the extreme topographic relief promotes frequent landslide activity, which causes major losses of life and property. In southwestern Kyrgyzstan alone, on average 10 people die and seven houses are destroyed each year in these sudden and rapidly moving landslides.


We gratefully acknowledge the landowners hosting our stations, the Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic. All field personnel did a great job under difficult conditions, particularly T. Ryberg, T. Ziegenhagen, A. Sharshebaev, A. Dudashvili, and A. Meleshko. Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) funded the fieldwork; the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP) provided instruments.