RNDr. Jan KlimeŇ° Ph.D.

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I am geomorphologist who obtained Master degree in Education of Biology, Geography and Geology (Palack√Ĺ Unviersity Olomouc, 2000) and during my doctoral studies at the Charles University Prague I focused on research of the spatial landslide distribution (2007). Since 2001 I work at the Czech Academy of Sciences and since 2019 I also teach at the University of Ostrava.

My research addresses factors and conditions leading to the occurrence of different landslide types in high-mountain periglacial environments or complex geological conditions e.g. in the Czech Republic. My recent research reflects the fact that landslides are social as much as natural phenomena and people need to deal with them at the places where they live. Therefore I am trying to understand how the communities faced the landslide hazard in the past to find the best ways how they can mitigate their hazard in the future, which will be largely shaped with ongoing climatic change.

More than 10 years of research at the Llacta of Machu Picchu in Peru provided me with great lessons of human co-existence with landslides. The Inca builders placed the mysterious city on very safe place ‚Äď high above valley bottom where recent towns and villages struggle with debris flows and floods and largely away from steep cliffs where rockfalls often occur. At the same time, the foundations of the city hidden below its terraces and squares stabilized the steep rock slopes and fragile equilibrium was established. But without continuous maintenance and careful evaluations of changes in the interactions between slope and Inca constructions, the equilibrium could be lost. But I know that the Peruvian experts managing the site will not allow this to happen.
Vil√≠mek V., Zapata M. L., KlimeŇ° J., Patzelt Z., Santill√°n N. (2005) Influence of glacial retreat on natural hazards of the Palcacocha Lake area, Peru. Landslides, 2, 2, 107-115.

Vil√≠mek, V., Zapata, M. L., KlimeŇ°, J. (2005) Glacial lake outburst floods in the area of Huar√°s, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Studia Geomorhpologica Carpatho-Balcanica, Vol. 39, Krak√≥w, p. 115‚Äď124.

Vil√≠mek, V., KlimeŇ°, J., Vlńćko, J., Carreño, R. (2006): Catastrophic debris flows near Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes), Peru. Environmental Geology, 50, p. 1041‚Äď1052. IF ‚Äď 0.722

Vil√≠mek, V., Zvelebil, J., KlimeŇ°, J., Patzelt, Z., Astete, F., Kachl√≠k, V., Hartvich, F. (2007): Geomorphological research of large-scale slope instability at Machu Picchu, Peru. Geomorphology, 89, p. 241 ‚Äď 257.

KlimeŇ° J (2008) Use of the deterministic approach for the landslide susceptibility mapping, Vset√≠nsk√© vrchy highland, Czechia (in Czech). Geografie - sborn√≠k ńĆGS 113:48 -60

Stemberk, Josef - BaroŇą, I. - KoŇ°Ň•√°k, Blahoslav - Briestensk√Ĺ, MiloŇ° - Ryb√°Ňô, Jan - KlimeŇ°, Jan: Endogeneous factors influencing origin and evolution of slope deformations. Acta Research Reports. -, ńć. 17 (2008), s. 45-46. ISSN 1214-9691

KlimeŇ°, J., BaroŇą, I., P√°nek, T., Kosańć√≠k, T., Burda, J., Kresta, F. and Hradeck√Ĺ J. (2009): Investigation of recent catastrophic landslides in the flysch belt of Outer Western Carpathians (Czech Republic): progress towards better hazard assessment. Nt. Hazards and Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 119 - 128.

KlimeŇ°, J., Vil√≠mek, V., Omelka, M. (2009): Implications of geomorphological research for recent and prehistoric avalanches and related hazards at Huascaran, Peru. Nat Hazards, 50, 193 - 209.

KlimeŇ°, J., R√≠os Escobar, V. (2010): A landslide susceptibility assessment in urban areas based on existing data: an example from the Iguan¬īa Valley, Medell¬īın City, Colombia. Nt. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2067 - 2079.

P√°nek, T., T√°boŇô√≠k, P., KlimeŇ°, J., Kom√°rkov√°, V., Hradeck√Ĺ, J., ҆ҕastn√Ĺ, M. (2011): Deep-seated gravitational slope deformations in the highest parts of the Czech Flysch Carpathians: evolutionary model based on kinematic analysis, electrical imaging and trenching. Geomorphology, 129, 92 - 112.

P√°nek T., Br√°zdil R., KlimeŇ° J., Smolkov√° V., Hradeck√Ĺ J., Zahradn√≠ńćek P. (2011): Rainfall-induced landslide event of May 2010 in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Landslides, 8, 4, 507 - 516.

KlimeŇ°, J., Novotn√Ĺ, R. (2011): Landslide susceptibility assessment in urbanized areas: example from flysch Carpathians, Czech Republic. Acta Geodyn. Geomater. Vol. 8, No. 4 (164), 1-10.

KlimeŇ°, J., Vil√≠mek, V. (2011): A catastrophic landslide near Rampac Grande in the Cordillera Negra, northern Peru. Landslides, 8, 309-320.

KlimeŇ°, J. (2011): Rockfall hazard and risk assessment on forested slopes, examples from Czech Republic. Geografie - sborn√≠k ńĆGS, 116, 2, 144 - 155.

KlimeŇ°, J, Rowberry, MD, BlahŇĮt, J, Briestensk√Ĺ, M, Hartvich, F, KoŇ°Ň•√°k, B, Ryb√°Ňô, J, Stemberk, J, ҆tńõpanńć√≠kova, P (2012): The monitoring of slow-moving landslides and assessment of stabilisation measures using an optical-mechanical crack gauge. Landslides, 9: 407 - 415. doi:10.1007/s10346-011-0306-4

KlimeŇ° J. (2012): Geomorphology and natural hazards of the selected glacial valleys, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. AUC Geographica, 47, 2, 25 - 31.

KlimeŇ° J., BlahŇĮt J. (2012): Landslide risk analysis and its application in regional planning: an example from the highlands of the Outer Western Carpathians, Czech Republic. Natural Hazards, 64, 1779 - 1803. DOI 10.1007/s11069-012-0339-6

KlimeŇ° J. (2013): Landslide temporal analysis and susceptibility assessment as bases for landslide mitigation, Machu Picchu, Peru. Environ Earth Sci, 70, 913-925. doi 10.1007/s12665-012-2181-2

Raska P., Klimes J., Dubisar J. (2015): Using local archive sources to reconstruct historical landslide occurrence in selected urban regions of the Czech Republic: examples from regions with different historical development. Land Degrad. Develop., 26, 142-157. doi: 10.1002/ldr.2192

BlahŇĮt J, KlimeŇ° J, VaŇôilov√° Z (2013): Quantitative rockfall hazard and risk analysis in the selected municipalities of the ńĆesk√© ҆v√Ĺcarsko National Park, Northwestern Czechia. Geografie, 118, 3, 205-220.

KlimeŇ° J, BeneŇ°ov√° M, Vil√≠mek V, BouŇ°ka P, Rapre AC (2014): The reconstruction of a glacial lake outburst flood using HEC-RAS and its significance for future hazard assessments: an example from Lake 513 in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Natural Hazards, 71, 1617-1638, Doi: 10.1007/s11069-013-0968-4

҆ilh√°n K, P√°nek T, Tursk√Ĺ O, Br√°zdil R, KlimeŇ° J, KaŇ°ińćkov√° L (2014) Spatio-temporal patterns of recurrent slope instabilities affecting undercut slopes in flysch: A dendrogeomorphic approach using broad-leaved trees. Geomorphology, 213: 240-254, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.01.016.

P√°nek T, Hartvich F, Jankovsk√° V, KlimeŇ° J, T√°boŇô√≠k P, Bub√≠k M, Smolkov√° V, Hradeck√Ĺ J (2014): Large Late Pleistocene landslides from the marginal slope of the Flysch Carpathians. Landslides, 11, 981-992, DOI: 10.1007/s10346-013-0463-8.

Novotn√Ĺ J, KlimeŇ° J (2014): Grain size distribution of soils within the Cordillera Blanca, Peru: an indicator of basic mechanical properties for slope stability evaluation. Journal of Mountain Science, 11, 563-577. DOI: 10.1007/s11629-013-2836-9

Emmer A, Loarte EC, KlimeŇ° J, Vil√≠mek V (2015): Recent evolution and degradation of the bent Jatunraju glacier (Cordillera Blanca, Peru). Geomorphology, 228, 345-355. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.09.018

Vil√≠mek V, KlimeŇ° J, Emmer A, BeneŇ°ov√° M (2015): Geomorphologic impacts of the glacial lake outburst flood from Lake No. 513 (Peru). Environmental Earth Sciences. 73, 5233-5244, doi: 10.1007/s12665-014-3768-6

Vil√≠mek V, KlimeŇ° J, ńĆerven√° L (2015): Map of selected glacier related landforms and glacial lakes in Huascar√°n National Park, Peru. Journal of Maps, 12: 193 - 202. doi: 10.1080/17445647.2014.1000985

KlimeŇ° J, Vil√≠mek V, BeneŇ°ov√° M (2015): Landslide and glacial lake outburst flood hazard in the Chucch√ļn River basin, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. AUC Geographica, 2: 173 ‚Äď 180. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14712/23361980.2015.96

P√°nek T, KlimeŇ° J, (2016): Temporal behavior of deep-seated gravitational slope deformations: A review. Earth-Science Reviews, 156, 14-38. Doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.02.007

Emmer A, Vil√≠mek V, Huggel C, KlimeŇ° J, Schaub Y (2016): Limits and challenges of compiling and developing a database of glacial lake outburst floods (IPL project No. 179). Landslides, 6, 1579-1584.

KlimeŇ° J, Novotn√Ĺ J, Novotn√° I, Jord√°n de Urries B, Vil√≠mek V, Emmer A, Strozzi T, Kus√°k M, Rapre AC, Hartvich F, Frey H (2016): Landslides in moraines as triggers of glacial lake outburst floods: example of the Palcacocha Lake (Cordillera Blanca, Peru). Landslides, 13, 1461 ‚Äď 1477. doi: 10.1007/s10346-016-0724-4

KlimeŇ° J, Yepes J, Becerril L, Kus√°k M, Galindo I, Blahut J (2016): Development and recent activity of the San Andr√©s landslide on El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain. Geomorphology 261, 119-131.

Emmer A, KlimeŇ° J, Mergili M, Vil√≠mek V, Cochachin A (2016) 882 lakes of the Cordillera Blanca: An inventory, classification, evolution and assessment of susceptibility to outburst floods. Catena, 147, 269 ‚Äď 279.

Vil√≠mek V., KlimeŇ° J., Torres M.Z. (2016): Reassessment of the development and hazard of the Rampac Grande landslide, Cordillera Negra, Peru. Geoenvironmental Disastres, 3:5. doi 10.1186/s40677-016-0039-8

Blahut J, KlimeŇ° J, Balek J, H√°jek P, ńĆerven√° L, Lys√°k J (2017) Snow avalanche hazard of the KrkonoŇ°e National Park, Czech Republic. Journal of Maps, 13:86-90.

KlimeŇ° J, Stemberk J, Blahut J, Krejńć√≠ V, Krejńć√≠ O, Hartvich F, Kycl P (2017) Challenges for landslide hazard and risk management in ‚Äėlow-risk‚Äô regions, Czech Republic‚ÄĒlandslide occurrences and related costs (IPL project no. 197). Landslides, 14, 771 ‚Äď 780. doi: 10.1007/s10346-017-0798-7

KlimeŇ° J, Hartvich F, T√°boŇô√≠k P, Blahut J, Briestensky M, Stember J, Emmer A, Vargas R, Balek J (2017) Studies on selected landslides and their societal impacts: activity report of the Prague World Centre of Excellence, Czech Republic. Landslides, 14: 1547-1553. doi:10.1007/s10346-017-0837-4

BlahŇĮt J, BaroŇą I, Sokońĺ L, Meletlidis S, KlimeŇ° J, Rowberry M, Melichar R, Garc√≠a-Cañada L, Mart√≠ X (2018) Large landslide stress states calculated during extreme climatic and tectonic events on El Hierro, Canary Islands Blahut, Landslides, 15, 1801 ‚Äď 1814. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-018-0993-1

BlahŇĮt J, KlimeŇ° J, Rowberry M, Kus√°k M (2018) Database of giant landslides on volcanic islands - first results from the Atlantic Ocean. Landslides, 15: 823-827. doi: 10.1007/s10346-018-0967-3

Harrison S, Kargel JS, Huggel C, Reynolds J, Shugar DH, Betts RA, Emmer A, Glasser N, Haritashya UK, KlimeŇ° J, Reinhardt L, Schaub Y, Wiltshire A, Regmi D, Vil√≠mek V (2018) Climate change and the global pattern of moraine-dammed glacial lake outburst floods, Cryosphere, 12:1195-1209. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1195-2018

Strozzi T, KlimeŇ° J, Frey H, Caduff R, Huggel C, Wegm√ľller U, Rapre AC (2018) Satellite SAR Interferometry for the Improved Assessment of the State of Activity of Landslides: A Case Study from the Cordilleras of Peru. Remote Sensing of Environment, 217: 111-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.08.014

Chalupa V, P√°nek T, T√°boŇô√≠k P, KlimeŇ° J, Hartvich F, Grygar R (2018) Deep-seated gravitational slope deformations controlled by the structure of flysch nappe outlier: insights from large scale electrical resistivity tomography survey and LiDAR mapping. Geomorphology, 321: 174-187.

KlimeŇ°, J. (2018c): Slope deformations map along highway D8 between the villages of Dobkovińćky and Prackovice nad Labem (in Czech). ‚Äď Geoscience Research Reports, 51, 201 ‚Äď 205.

Bueechi E, KlimeŇ° J, Frey H, Huggel C, Strozzi T, Cochachin A (2019) Regional-Scale Landslide Susceptibility Modelling in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru - A Comparison of Different Approaches. Landslides, 16: 395 - 407. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-018-1090-1

KlimeŇ°, J., Norabuena, E., Stemberk, J., Ren√©, M. (2019): Transient compression fault slip detected within andesitic rocks of the Casma Group, Lima, Peru. Stud Geophys Geod, 63:257-272, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11200-018-2912-2

KlimeŇ°, J., Rosario, A.M., Vargas, R., RaŇ°ka, P., Vicuña, L., Jurt, C. (2019) Community participation in landslide risk reduction: a case history from Central Andes, Peru. Landslides, 16:1763-1777, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-019-01203-w

KlimeŇ°, J., Calvello, M., Auflińć, M.J. (2019): Objectives and main results of ‚ÄúCommunity Participation for Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction‚ÄĚ thematic papers. Landslides, 16:1745-1746. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-019-01246-z

҆ilh√°n, K., KlimeŇ°, J., Tichavsk√Ĺ R. (2019): The sensitivity of dendrogeomorphic approach to landslide movements. Geomorphology, 347, 106869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.106869

BlahŇĮt J, Balek J, KlimeŇ° J, Rowberry MD, Kus√°k M, Kalina J (2019) A comprehensive global database of giant landslides on volcanic islands. Landslides, 16:2045-2052, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-019-01275-8

Balek, J., KlimeҰ, J., Blahut, J., ҆troner, M., Urban R., Hartivch, F. (2019): Shallow landslide movements in clay rich rocks detected during subnormal precipitation period. Acta Geodyn. Geomater., 16:409-417.

Emmer A, KlimeŇ° J, H√∂lbling D, Abad L, Draebing D, Skal√°k P, ҆tńõp√°nek P, Zahradn√≠ńćek P (2020) Distinct types of landslides in moraines associated with the post-LIA glacier thinning: Observations from the Kinzl Glacier, Huascar√°n, Peru. Sci Tot Env, 139997, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139997.

KlimeŇ° J, M√ľllerov√° H, Woitsch J, B√≠l M, KŇô√≠Ňĺov√° B (2020) Century-long history of rural community landslide risk reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 51: 101756. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101756

Vil√≠mek V, KlimeŇ° J, Tito Mamani RV, Bastante AJ, Astete FV, Champi PZM (2020) Contribution of the collaborative effort of the Czech WCoE to landslide risk reduction at the Machupicchu World Heritage Site, Peru. Landslides, 17: 2683 - 2688. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-020-01509-0

KlimeŇ° J, Novotn√Ĺ J, Rapre AC, Balek J, Zahradn√≠ńćek P, Strozzi Z, Sana H, Frey H, Ren√© M, ҆tńõp√°nek P, Meitner J (accepted, 2021) Paraglacial rock slope stability under changing environmental conditions, Safuna Lakes, Cordillera Blanca Peru. Front. Earth Sci. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2021.607277
University lectures:

2013 - Collaborationg on teaching of the undergraduate course ‚ÄúNatural hazards and risks‚ÄĚ, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
2019 - Teaching of the undergraduate course ‚ÄúCitizen Science‚ÄĚ, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Invited lectures:

2019 ‚Äď International Conference: "LAS MONTAÑAS: NUESTRO FUTURO", Cuzco, Peru, organized by INAIGEM, talk title: ‚ÄěSlope stability in high mountains during glacier retreat ‚Äď examples from Cordillera Blanca, Per√ļ‚ÄĚ.

2018 - National conference: Aporte H√≠drico de los Glaciares, Huar√°z, Peru, organized by UNASAM and ANA, talk title: ‚ÄúSlope deformations around the Safuna Alta and Baja Lakes, Peru.‚ÄĚ

Supervisor (bachelor theses):
Tereza Podpinkov√° (University of Ostrava, 2016 ‚Äď 2017)

Supervisor (master theses):
Bc. Tereza Podpinkov√° (University of Ostrava, 2017 ‚Äď 2019)

Consultant (master theses):
Mgr. Jan HoŇôńć√≠k (University of J.E.Purkyne, 2011 ‚Äď 2012)
Mgr. Radek C√°b (Charles University, 2007 ‚Äď 2008)

Supervisor (Ph.D. theses):
Mariana Gonzales, National University of C√≥rdoba, Argentina (‚ÄúAn√°lisis del rompimiento de diques naturales en los Andes Centrales: din√°mica de los GLOFs‚ÄĚ)

Consultant (Ph.D. theses):
Saeideh Gharehchahi, Member of the Dissertation (Ph.D.) Committee, Texas State University, USA (Thesis topic: ‚ÄúClimate change impacts on glacier hazard‚ÄĚ)
Mgr. Jan Burda (2012): Dynamics and spatial extension of recent landslides at the foot of KruŇ°n√© Hory Mts., Doktoral thesis, Charels University, Czech Republic
Chairman of the Czech Association of Geomorphologists

Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Czech Grant Agency

Member of the Board of Representatives International Consortium on Landslides

Member of the International Association for Engineering Geology

Member of the Scientific Standing Groupd of Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains

Member of Editorial board of the Geoenvironmental Disasters and Landslides journals

Member of the Examination Board for State Examinations and Commission for Theses Defense in the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Study Programms of Physical geography, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


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Taiwan-Czech Republic Workshop on Slope and Active Tectonics jointly organized by the ARDWC and National Cheng Kung University, successfully concluded. This workshop brought together geological experts from the Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics (USMH), Masaryk University and National Cheng Kung University. Professors and students from various Taiwanese universities were also invited to participate, engaging in in-depth discussions on topics related to deep-seated landslides and active tectonics. 
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