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Landslide susceptibility assessment using evidential belief function, certainty factor and frequency ratio model at Baxie River basin, NW China

Chen, Zhuo, Liang, Shouyun, Ke, Yutian, Yang, Zhikun, Zhao, Hongliang
Geocarto international 2019 v.34 no.4 pp. 348-367
cutting, image interpretation, inventories, land use planning, landslides, models, prediction, remote sensing, roads, vegetation index, watersheds, China
This study evaluates and compares landslide susceptibility maps of the Baxie River basin, Gansu Province, China, using three models: evidential belief function (EBF), certainty factor (CF) and frequency ratio (FR). First, a landslide inventory map is constructed from satellite image interpretation and extensive field data. Second, the study area is partitioned into 17,142 slope units, and modelled using nine landslide influence parameters: elevation, slope angle, slope aspect, relief amplitude, cutting depth, gully density, lithology, normalized difference vegetation index and distance to roads. Finally, landslide susceptibility maps are presented based on EBF, CF and FR models and validated using area under curve (AUC) analysis. The success rates of the EBF, CF and FR models are 0.8038, 0.7924 and 0.8088, respectively, while the prediction rates of the three models are 0.8056, 0.7922 and 0.7989, respectively. The result of this study can be reliably used in land use management and planning.