Monitoring Long-Term Topographic Changes in Badlands: A Natural Laboratory in the Southern Pyrenees


This is a long-term geomorphological monitoring program that started in 2013. Since June 2013 we are intensively monitoring a sub-humid badland located in the southern Pyrenees (the Upper River Cinca). The project was funded by the British Society for Geomorphology while data was used in several activities of the EU COST Action (ES1306) Connecteur. 


A series of highly erodible badlands located at the Soto catchment (Upper River Cinca, Central Pyrenees, Iberian Peninsula, Ebro Basin) are monitored. The badlands are located at an average altitude of 600 m.a.s.l. and the local relief can be more than 15 m. The site has a continental climate with an annual rainfall around 700 mm. The outlet of the Soto (0.5 sqkm) is monitored to estimate the water and sediment yield to the Mediano Reservoir. Read more.


Annual High Resolution Topography has been obtained combining Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Digital Photogrammetry (SfM) since 2013. Semestral Surveys have been started since winter 2016. Topographic changes are evaluated. 

Runoff and Suspended Sediment Transport in the outlet of the basin (0.5 sqkm) have been monitored since October 2016. The water and sediment yield of the entire catchment is assessed. 

Rainfall and air temperature have been continously monitored, while a series of time-lapse cameras take 15-minute resolution photos of small parts of the badlands. Images allow the preparation of videos that help in understanding runoff generation.  Read more.

We have provided some of the outcomes of BadlandScan, together with interesting videos and images. Here you will be able to see some of our presentations and important documentation in terms of our survey campaigns and monitoring stations. Additionally, you will be able to find all our contact details. If you are interested in this project please contact us.  Read more.