In addition to information about the structure, hydrology and dynamics of the subsurface, the investigation of superficial dynamics is also part of the monitoring setup at the Hofermühle. The own meteorological station provides information about meteorological parameters. In order to record changes in the subsurface or the slippery body, TLS data are recorded at regular intervals and the area is flown over via UAV. Multi-temporal GPS measurements and geomorphological mapping complete the surface monitoring.
A meteorological station (Figure 10) has been in operation on site since July 2015 and records temperature [° C], humidity [%], radiation [W / m²], wind speed [m / s] and precipitation [mm]. A snow depth sensor [m] has been installed since January 2019, and a barometer [mBar] since June 2019. The data is recorded with a measurement interval of 5 minutes, transferred to the server in Vienna and can be called up on the homepage in real time.
Figure 10: Meteorological station and measuring devices at the Hofermühle site. © Photographs see individual note..
Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)
The focus of the surface exploration is on terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). Since November 2015 the Hofermühle has been recorded from the opposite side of the slope using two scanning positions (Figure 11). The intake intervals are around 3 to 6 months. The focus of the recording is in the autumn and spring months. Low vegetation cover and the fallen leaves of the trees allow the best possible cover and resolution during this time.
The multi-temporal data is used to create surface difference models. These provide information about the location and magnitude of mass displacements.
Results: Under construction
Figure 11: Scan positions and coverage of the multi-temporal TLS campaigns at the Hofermühle site. (DEM (1m) 2009: made available by the state of Lower Austria). © Photographs see individual note. Graphics: Stumvoll M.J. 2019, also in Stumvoll & Glade 2019.
UAV surveying flight und SfM-evaluation
Due to shading areas in the TLS measurements and for scientific motivation, UAV flights are also carried out in parallel to the TLS recordings. The corresponding image material is processed into terrain models and orthophotos via SfM evaluation.
Figure 12: 1 and 2) Impressions of the UAV flights at the Hofermühle site, spring 2019. 3) Point cloud display of an aerial image data analysis for March 8, 2019 in Agisoft Photoscan software. (Pilot: Schmaltz E.M.), © For photographs see individual note. Graphics: Stumvoll M.J. 2020.
GNSS measurements (completed)
With the aim of recording purely superficial movement patterns by means of point measurements, around 60 reference points in the form of marked boulder stones were created at the Hofermühle and buried on the surface. These have been measured about once a month since 2014 using manual GPS measurements. The measurements were discontinued in 2019.
The entire catchment area of the Hofermühlbach and in particular the active process areas were geomorphologically mapped in detail through the evaluation of digital terrain models and numerous intensive site inspections.
Results: under construction