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Professor Alexander Densmore - all publications

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  • Ivy-Ochs, S., Duehnforth, M., Densmore, A.L. & Alfimov, V. (2013). Dating fan deposits with cosmogenic radionuclides. In Dating Torrential Processes on Fans and Cones. Schneuwly-Bollschweiler, M., Stoffel, M. & Rudolf-Miklau, F. Springer. 47: 243-263.
  • Ellis, M. A. & Densmore, A. L. (2006). First-order topography over blind thrusts. In Tectonics, Climate and Landscape Evolution. Willett, S., Hovius, N., Fisher, D. & Brandon, M. Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America. 398: 251-266.
  • Allen, P.A., Bennett, S.D., Cunningham, M.J.M., Carter, A., Gallagher, K., Lazzaretti, E., Galewsky, J., Densmore, A.L., Phillips, W.E.A., Naylor, D. & Solla Hach, C. (2002). The post-Variscan thermal and denudational history of Ireland. In Exhumation of the North Atlantic Margin: Timing, Mechanisms and Implications for Petroleum Exploration. Dor鬠A., Cartwright, J., Stoker, M., Turner, J. & White, N. Geological Society of London Special Publications. 196: 371-399.

Journal Article

  • Kincey, Mark E., Rosser, Nick J., Robinson, Tom R., Densmore, Alexander L., Shrestha, Ram, Pujara, Dammar Singh, Oven, Katie J., Williams, Jack G. & Swirad, Zuzanna M. (2021). Evolution of coseismic and post‐seismic landsliding after the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 126(3): e2020JF005803.
  • Joshi, S.K., Gupta, S., Sinha, R., Densmore, A.L., Rai, S.P., Shekhar, S., Mason, P.J. & van Dijk, W.M. (2021). Strongly heterogeneous patterns of groundwater depletion in northwestern India. Journal of Hydrology 598: 126492.
  • Wang, J., Howarth, J.D., McClymont, E.L., Densmore, A.L., Fitzsimons, S.J., Croissant, T., Groecke, D.R., West, M.D., Harvey, E., Frith, N.V., Garnett, M.H. & Hilton, R.G. (2020). Long-term patterns of hillslope erosion by earthquake-induced landslides shape mountain landscapes. Science Advances 6(23): eaaz6446.
  • Shekhar, S., Kumar, S., Densmore, A.L., van Dijk, W.M., Sinha, R., Kumar, M., Joshi, S.K., Rai, S.P. & Kumar, D. (2020). Modelling water levels of northwestern India in response to improved irrigation use efficiency. Scientific Reports 10: 13452.
  • van Dijk, Wout M, Densmore, Alexander L, Jackson, Christopher R, Mackay, Jonathan D, Joshi, Suneel K, Sinha, Rajiv, Shekhar, Shashank & Gupta, Sanjeev (2020). Spatial variation of groundwater response to multiple drivers in a depleting alluvial aquifer system, northwestern India. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment 44(1): 94-119.
  • Burrows, Katy, Walters, Richard J., Milledge, David, Spaans, Karsten & Densmore, Alexander L. (2019). A New Method for Large-Scale Landslide Classification from Satellite Radar. Remote Sensing 11(3): 237.
  • De Haas, T. & Densmore, A.L. (2019). Debris-flow volume quantile prediction from catchment morphometry. Geology 47(8): 791-794.
  • Haas, T., Densmore, A. L., Hond, T. & Cox, N. J. (2019). Fan‐surface evidence for debris‐flow avulsion controls and probabilities, Saline Valley, California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 124(5): 1118-1138.
  • Zhang, Fei, Jin, Zhangdong, West, A. Joshua, An, Zhisheng, Hilton, Robert G., Wang, Jin, Li, Gen, Densmore, Alexander L., Yu, Jimin, Qiang, Xiaoke, Sun, Youbin, Li, Liangbo, Gou, Longfei, Xu, Yang, Xu, Xinwen, Liu, Xingxing, Pan, Yanhui & You, Chen-Feng (2019). Monsoonal control on a delayed response of sedimentation to the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Science Advances 5(6): eaav7110.
  • Milledge, D.G., Densmore, A.L., Bellugi, D., Rosser, N.J., Watt, J., Li, G. & Oven, K.J. (2019). Simple rules to minimise exposure to coseismic landslide hazard. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 19(4): 837-856.
  • Wang, Jin, Hilton, Robert G., Jin, Zhangdong, Zhang, Fei, Densmore, Alexander L., Gröcke, Darren R., Xu, Xiaomei, Li, Gen & Joshua West, A. (2019). The isotopic composition and fluxes of particulate organic carbon exported from the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 252: 1-15.
  • de Haas, T., Densmore, A.L., Stoffel, M., Suwa, H., Imaizumi, F., Ballesteros-Cánovas, J.A. & Wasklewicz, T. (2018). Avulsions and the spatio-temporal evolution of debris-flow fans. Earth-Science Reviews 177: 53-75.
  • Frith, N., Hilton, R.G., Howarth, J.D., Gröcke, D.R., Fitzsimons, S.J., Croissant, T., Wang, J., McClymont, E.L., Dahl, J. & Densmore, A.L. (2018). Carbon export from mountain forests enhanced by earthquake-triggered landslides over millennia. Nature Geoscience 11(10): 772-776.
  • Zhuang, Jianqi, Peng, Jianbing, Xu, Chong, Li, Zhenhong, Densmore, Alexander, Milledge, David, Iqbal, Javed & Cui, Yifei (2018). Distribution and characteristics of loess landslides triggered by the 1920 Haiyuan Earthquake, Northwest of China. Geomorphology 314: 1-12.
  • de Haas, T., Kruijt, A. & Densmore, A.L. (2018). Effects of debris-flow magnitude-frequency distribution on avulsions and fan development. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43(13): 2779-2793.
  • Williams, J.G., Rosser, N.J., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J., Oven, K.J., Densmore, A.L., Milledge, D.G., Robinson, T.R., Jordan, C.A. & Dijkstra, T.A. (2018). Satellite-based emergency mapping using optical imagery: experience and reflections from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 18: 185-205.
  • Joshi, S.K., Rai, S.P., Sinha, R., Gupta, S., Densmore, A.L., Rawat, Y.S. & Shekhar, S. (2018). Tracing groundwater recharge sources in the northwestern Indian alluvial aquifer using water isotopes (delta-18O, delta-2H, and 3H). Journal of Hydrology 559: 835-847.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Oven, K.J., Shrestha, S.N. & Guragain, R. (2018). Use of scenario ensembles for deriving seismic risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(41): E9532–E9541.
  • Singh, A., Thomsen, K.J., Sinha, R., Buylaert, J.P., Carter, A., Mark, D.F., Mason, P.J., Densmore, A.L., Murry, A.S., Jain, M., Paul, D. & Gupta, S. (2017). Counter-intuitive influence of Himalayan river morphodynamics on Indus Civilisation urban settlements. Nature Communications 8(1): 1617.
  • Dühnforth, Miriam, Densmore, Alexander L., Ivy-Ochs, Susan, Allen, Philip & Kubik, Peter W. (2017). Early to Late Pleistocene history of debris-flow fan evolution in western Death Valley (California) using cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al. Geomorphology 281: 53-65.
  • Li, G., West, A.J., Densmore, A.L., Jin, Z., Zhang, F., Wang, J., Clark, M. & Hilton, R.G. (2017). Earthquakes drive focused denudation along a tectonically active mountain front. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 472: 253-265.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Williams, J.G., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J. & Bell, H.J.A. (2017). Rapid post-earthquake modelling of coseismic landslide magnitude and distribution for emergency response decision support. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions 17: 1521-1540.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Williams, J.G., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J. & Bell, H.J.A. (2017). Rapid post-earthquake modelling of coseismic landsliding intensity and distribution for emergency response decision support. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 17(9): 1521-1540.
  • Tejedor, A., Singh, A., Zaliapin, I., Densmore, A.L. & Foufoula-Georgiou, E. (2017). Scale-dependent erosional patterns in steady-state and transient-state landscapes. Science Advances 3(9): e1701683.
  • Shi, F., He, H., Densmore, A.L., Li, A., Yang, X. & Xu, X. (2016). Active tectonics of the Ganzi-Yushu fault in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Tectonophysics 676: 112-124.
  • Li, G., West, A.J., Densmore, A.L., Hammond, D.E., Jin, Z., Zhang, F., Wang, J. & Hilton, R.G. (2016). Connectivity of earthquake-triggered landslides with the fluvial network: implications for landslide sediment transport after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 121(4): 703-724.
  • Wang, J., Jin, Z., Hilton, R.G., Zhang, F., Li, G., Densmore, A. L., Gröcke, D. R., Xu, X. & West, A. J. (2016). Earthquake-triggered increase in biospheric carbon export from a mountain belt. Geology 44(6): 471-474.
  • van Dijk, W., Densmore, A.L., Singh, A., Gupta, S., Sinha, R., Mason, P.J., Joshi, S.K., Nayak, N., Kumar, M., Shekhar, S., Kumar, D. & Rai, S.P. (2016). Linking the morphology of fluvial fan systems to aquifer stratigraphy in the Sutlej-Yamuna plain of northwest India. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 121(2): 201-222.
  • He, H., Wei, Z. & Densmore, A.L. (2016). Quantitative morphology of bedrock fault surfaces and identification of palaeo-earthquakes. Tectonophysics 693(Part A): 22-31.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Ivy-Ochs, S., Rosser, N.J., Kober, F., Schlunegger, F., McArdell, B. & Alfimov, V. (2016). Quantitative reconstruction of late Holocene surface evolution on an alpine debris-flow fan. Geomorphology 275: 46-57.
  • van Dijk, W.M., Densmore, A.L., Sinha, R., Singh, A. & Voller, V.R. (2016). Reduced-complexity probabilistic reconstruction of alluvial aquifer stratigraphy, and application to sedimentary fans in northwestern India. Journal of Hydrology 541(B): 1241-1257.
  • Densmore, A.L., Sinha, R., Sinha, S., Tandon, S.K. & Jain, V. (2016). Sediment storage and release from Himalayan piggyback basins and implications for downstream river morphology and evolution. Basin Research 28(4): 446-461.
  • Wang, J., Jin, Z., Hilton, R.G., Zhang, F., Densmore, A.L., Li, G. & West, A.J. (2015). Controls on fluvial evacuation of sediment from earthquake-triggered landslides. Geology 43(2): 115-118.
  • Parker, R.N., Hancox, G.T., Petley, D.N., Massey, C.I., Densmore, A.L. & Rosser, N.J. (2015). Spatial distributions of earthquake-induced landslides and hillslope preconditioning in northwest South Island, New Zealand. Earth Surface Dynamics 3(4): 501-525.
  • Davies, T.R.H., Beaven, S., Conradson, D., Densmore, A., Gaillard, J.C., Johnston, D., Milledge, D., Oven, K., Petley, D., Rigg, J., Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N. & Wilson, T. (2015). Towards disaster resilience: A scenario-based approach to co-producing and integrating hazard and risk knowledge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 13: 242-247.
  • Sanyal, J., Densmore, A.L. & Carbonneau, P. (2014). 2D finite element inundation modelling in anabranching channels with sparse data: examination of uncertainties. Water Resources Management 28(8): 2351-2366.
  • Milledge, D.G., Bellugi, D., McKean, J., Densmore, A.L. & Dietrich, W.E. (2014). A multi-dimensional stability model for predicting shallow landslide size and shape across landscapes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 119(11): 2481-2504.
  • Sanyal, J., Densmore, A.L. & Carbonneau, P. (2014). Analysing the effect of land use/cover changes at sub-catchment levels on downstream flood peaks: a semi-distributed modelling approach with sparse data. Catena 118: 28-40.
  • West, A. J., Hetzel, R., Li, G., Jin, Z., Zhang, F., Hilton, R. G. & Densmore, A. L. (2014). Dilution of 10Be in detrital quartz by earthquake-induced landslides: Implications for determining denudation rates and potential to provide insights into landslide sediment dynamics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 396: 143-153.
  • Sanyal, J., Carbonneau, P. & Densmore, A.L. (2014). Low-cost inundation modelling at the reach scale with sparse data in the Lower Damodar River basin, India. Hydrological Sciences Journal 59(12): 2086-2102.
  • Li, G., West, A. J., Densmore, A. L., Jin, Z., Parker, R. N. & Hilton, R. G. (2014). Seismic mountain building: Landslides associated with the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in the context of a generalized model for earthquake volume balance. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15(4): 833-844.
  • Sanyal, J., Carbonneau, P. & Densmore, A.L. (2013). Hydraulic routing of extreme floods in a large ungauged river and the estimation of associated uncertainties: a case study of the Damodar River, India. Natural Hazards 66(2): 1153-1177.
  • Hillman, S.E., Horwell, C.J., Densmore, A.L., Damby, D.E., Fubini, B., Ishimine, Y. & Tomatis, M. (2012). Sakurajima volcano: a physico-chemical study of the health consequences of long-term exposure to volcanic ash. Bulletin of Volcanology 74(4): 913-930.
  • Leduc, A.M., Davies, R.J., Densmore, A.L. & Imber, J. (2012). The lateral strike-slip domain in gravitational detachment delta systems: a case study of the northwestern margin of the Niger Delta. AAPG Bulletin 96(4): 709-728.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., Lim, M. & McArdell, B. (2011). Detection of surface change in complex topography using terrestrial laser scanning: application to the Illgraben debris-flow channel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36(14): 1847-1859.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J. & McArdell, B.W. (2011). Dynamic controls on erosion and deposition on debris-flow fans. Geology 39(9): 827-830.
  • Barnes, J.B., Densmore, A.L., Mukul, M., Sinha, R., Jain, V. & Tandon, S. K. (2011). Interplay between faulting and base level in the development of Himalayan frontal fold topography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 116(F3): F03012.
  • Parker, R.N., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., de Michele, M., Li, Y., Huang, R., Whadcoat, S. & Petley, D.N. (2011). Mass wasting triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake is greater than orogenic growth. Nature Geoscience 4(7): 449-452.
  • Richardson, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Seward, D., Wipf, M. & Li, Y. (2010). Did incision of the Three Gorges begin in the Eocene? Geology 38(6): 551-554.
  • Korup, O., Densmore, A.L. & Schlunegger, F. (2010). The role of landslides in mountain range evolution. Geomorphology 120(1-2): 77-90.
  • Densmore, A.L., Li, Y., Richardson, N.J., Zhou, R., Ellis, M. & Zhang, Y. (2010). The role of late Quaternary upper-crustal faults in the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 100(5B): 2700-2712.
  • Densmore, A.L., Hetzel, R., Ivy-Ochs, S., Krugh, W.C., Dawers, N. & Kubik, P. (2009). Spatial variations in catchment-averaged denudation rates from normal fault footwalls. Geology 37(12): 1139-1142.
  • Dühnforth, M., Densmore, A.L., Ivy-Ochs, S. & Allen, P.A. (2008). Controls on sediment evacuation from glacially modified and unmodified catchments in the eastern Sierra Nevada, California. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33(10): 1602-1613.
  • Richardson, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Seward, D., Wipf, M., Li, Y., Ellis, M.A. & Zhang, Y. (2008). Extraordinary denudation in the Sichuan Basin: insights from low-temperature thermochronology adjacent to the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Geophysical Research 113(B4): B04409.
  • Densmore, A.L., Ellis, M.A., Li, Y., Zhou, R., Hancock, G.S. & Richardson, N. (2007). Active tectonics of the Beichuan and Pengguan faults at the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Tectonics 26(4): TC4005.
  • Densmore, A.L., Allen, P.A. & Simpson, G. (2007). Development and response of a coupled catchment fan system under changing tectonic and climatic forcing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 112(F1): F01002.
  • Hampel, A., Hetzel, R. & Densmore, A.L. (2007). Postglacial slip-rate increase on the Teton normal fault, northern Basin and Range Province, caused by melting of Yellowstone ice cap and deglaciation of the Teton Range? Geology 35(12): 1107-1110.
  • Dühnforth, M., Densmore, A.L., Ivy-Ochs, S., Allen, P.A. & Kubik, P.W. (2007). Timing and patterns of debris flow deposition on Shepherd and Symmes Creek fans, Owens Valley, California, deduced from cosmogenic 10Be. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 112(F3): F03S15.
  • Densmore, A. L., Gupta, S., Allen, P. A. & Dawers, N. H. (2007). Transient landscapes at fault tips. Journal of Geophysical Research earth surface 112(F3): F03S08.
  • Schuerch, P., Densmore, A. L., McArdell, B. & Molnar, P. (2006). The influence of landsliding on sediment supply and channel change in a steep mountain catchment. Geomorphology 78(3-4): 222-235.
  • Densmore, A. L., Dawers, N. H., Gupta, S. & Guidon, R. (2005). What sets topographic relief in extensional footwalls? Geology 33(6): 453-456.
  • Cunningham, M. J. M., Phillips, W. E. A. & Densmore, A. L. (2004). Evidence for Cenozoic tectonic deformation in SE Ireland and near offshore. Tectonics 23(6): TC6002.
  • Densmore, A.L., Dawers, N.H., Gupta, S., Guidon, R. & Goldin, T. (2004). Footwall topographic development during continental extension. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 109(F3): F03001.
  • Cunningham, M.J.M., Densmore, A.L., Allen, P.A. Phillips, W.E.A., Bennett, S.D., Gallagher, K. & Carter, A. (2003). Evidence for post-early Eocene tectonic activity in southeastern Ireland. Geological Magazine 140(2): 101-118.
  • Li, Y., Allen, P.A., Densmore, A.L. & Xu, Q. (2003). Evolution of the Longmen Shan Foreland Basin (Western Sichuan, China) during the Late Triassic Indosinian Orogeny. Basin Research 15(1): 117-138.
  • Densmore, A.L., Dawers, N.H., Gupta, S., Allen, P.A. & Gilpin, R. (2003). Landscape evolution at extensional relay zones. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 108(B5): 2273.
  • Allen, P. A. & Densmore, A. L. (2000). Sediment flux from an uplifting fault block. Basin Research 12(3-4): 367-380.
  • Densmore, A. L. & Hovius, N. (2000). Topographic fingerprints of bedrock landslides. Geology 28(4): 371-374.
  • Ellis, M. A., Densmore, A. L. & Anderson, R. S. (1999). Development of mountainous topography in the Basin Ranges, U.S.A. Basin Research 11(1): 21-41.
  • Anderson, R. S., Densmore, A. L. & Ellis, M. A. (1999). The generation and degradation of marine terraces. Basin Research 11(1): 7-19.
  • Densmore, A. L., Ellis, M. A. & Anderson, R. S. (1998). Landsliding and the evolution of normal fault-bounded mountains. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 103(B7): 15203-15219.
  • Densmore, A. L., Anderson, R. S., McAdoo, B. G. & Ellis, M. A. (1997). Hillslope evolution by bedrock landslides. Science 275(5298): 369-372.
  • Densmore, A. L. & Anderson, R. S. (1997). Tectonic geomorphology of the Ash Hill fault, Panamint Valley, California. Basin Research 9(1): 53-63.

Working Paper

  • Oven, K.J., Milledge, D.G., Densmore, A.L., Jones, H., Sargeant, S. & Datta, A. (2016). Earthquake science in DRR policy and practice in Nepal. 10450.