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The LabEx ITEM is a research network in the field of humanities and social sciences. The research laboratories that make up this network come from institutions located in the Isere and the Savoie french departments. Labex ITEM's vocation is to provide the mountain territories with the analytical capacity and expertise that are essential to cope with the various forms of change they face: economical, demographical, cultural, climatic and so on.

The objective of this platform is to to shed light on the LabEx ITEM's own activities and networks. Its goal is also to communicate about its partners' various information when related to the mountain territories. This is an open communication and collaborative tool for everyone.

This platform is currently in beta test. Don't hesitate to send us your comments.


Journal of Mountain Science

Vegetation-based bioindication of humus forms in coniferous mountain forests

Abstract Humus forms, especially the occurrence and the thickness of the horizon of humified residues (OH), provide valuable information on site conditions. In mountain forest soils, humus forms show a high spatial variability and ...

Journal of Mountain Science

Discrete numerical modeling of granular materials considering crushability

Abstract The aim of this study is to numerically investigate the influence of particle breakage on the mechanical behavior of granular materials using a discrete element method (DEM). To enable particle crushing, non-crushable elem...

Journal of Mountain Science

Area-corrected species richness patterns of vascular plants along a tropical elevational gradient

Abstract The relationship between species richness and elevation is a hot issue in ecology and has been documented extensively. It is widely accepted that area size can significantly affect this relationship and thus mask the effec...

Journal of Mountain Science

Vertical patterns in plant diversity and their relations with environmental factors on the southern slope of the Tianshan Mountains (middle section) in Xinjiang (China)

Abstract The investigation of distribution patterns of species diversity is significant for successful biodiversity conservation. The spatial patterns of vegetation and different life-forms species diversity along an elevation grad...

Journal of Mountain Science

A novel model to assess soil productivity in the dry-hot valleys of China

Abstract Accurate evaluation of soil productivity has been a long-standing challenge. Although numerous models for productivity assessment exist, most are cumbersome to use and require substantial parameter inputs. We developed a n...

Journal of Mountain Science

Wave attenuation mechanism of cross-plates applied in landslide-induced tsunami in river course

Abstract Since the impounding of the Three Gorges Reservoir, the channel of the Yangtze River has become a busy watercourse and the probability of landslide-induced tsunamis has increased. In the case of landslide-induced tsunamis ...

Journal of Mountain Science

On the criteria to create a susceptibility map to debris flow at a regional scale using Flow-R

Abstract Studies on susceptibility to debris flows at regional scale (100-1000 km2) are important for the protection and management of mountain areas. To reach this objective, routing models, mainly based on land topography, can be...

Journal of Mountain Science

Morphology and controlling factors of the longitudinal profile of gullies in the Yuanmou dry-hot valley

Abstract The morphology of the gully longitudinal profile (GLP) is an important topographic index of the gully bottom associated with the evolution of the gullies. This index can be used to predict the development trend and evaluat...

Journal of Mountain Science

Mechanisms involved in triggering debris flows within a cohesive gravel soil mass on a slope: a case in SW China

Abstract The triggering mechanisms of debris flows were explored in the field using artificial rainfall experiments in two gullies, Dawazi Gully and Aizi Gully, in Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces, China, respectively. The soils at bot...

Journal of Mountain Science

Role of debris flow on the change of 10 Be concentration in rapidly eroding watersheds: a case study on the Seti River, central Nepal

Abstract The concentration of cosmogenic 10Be in riverine sediments has been widely used as a proxy for catchment-wide denudation rate (CWDR). One of the key assumptions of this approach is that sediments originating from sub-basin...

Journal of Mountain Science

The Alpine Seed Conservation and Research Network - a new initiative to conserve valuable plant species in the European Alps

Abstract Safeguarding plants as seeds in ex situ collections is a cost effective element in an integrated plant conservation approach. The European Alps are a regional centre of plant diversity. Six institutions have established a ...

Journal of Mountain Science

Cultivated land information extraction in UAV imagery based on deep convolutional neural network and transfer learning

Abstract The development of precision agriculture demands high accuracy and efficiency of cultivated land information extraction. As a new means of monitoring the ground in recent years, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) low-height rem...