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D. A. Chupina

Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation
Novosibirsk, Akademik Koptyug ave 3, 630090

I. D. Zolnikov

Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation
Novosibirsk, Akademik Koptyug ave 3, 630090

E. N. Smolentseva

Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation
Novosibirsk, Akademik Koptyug ave 3, 630090


The paper presents the method of identifying the most vulnerable territories under exogenous processes caused by aridification/humidification. It is based on the assumption that some forms and types of relief increase resistance of terrestrial ecosystems to external influences, while other kinds of relief make them vulnerable. The relationship between landscape and moistening (ground and climatic) is of great importance to plains which have groundwater close to the surface. We have used morphometric analysis to divide the territory into hydromorphic and automorphic landscapes. Hydromorphic territories are those that are affected by additional surface moistening and groundwater, while automorphic landscapes are less dependent on groundwater under normal atmospheric moisture. The territory is ranked according to the degree of vulnerability by expert evaluation method. The developed approach is based entirely on using GIS software (ArcGIS 10.2.1) and processing the DEM SRTM. As a result, two models of vulnerability of natural terrestrial ecosystems to exogenic processes on Baraba Plain (Western Siberia) have been created for both aridification and humidification cases. The opportunity to estimate the vulnerability is the novel feature for these models of terrestrial ecosystems, in both regional and local scales. The results obtained confirm the existing ideas about the discrete mosaic character of changes in spatial landscape patterns in the area under consideration. For the southern part of Western Siberia where farming is risky the assessment of the potential degree of vulnerability for ecosystems under conditions of increasing climate aridity and extremes is relevant.


aridification, Digital Elevation Model (DEM), SRTM, vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems, hydromоrphic and automorphic landscapes, predictive modeling.


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For citation: Chupina D.A., Zolnikov I.D., Smolentseva E.N. THE METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING THE MOST VULNERABLE AREAS CAUSED BY EXOGENOUS PROCESSES UNDER ARIDIFICATION/HUMIDIFICATION (BASED ON GIS AND RS). Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS”. 2017;23(3):93-104.