Natural Hazards

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 1323–1338 | Cite as

Recent landslides on the Istrian Peninsula, Croatia

  • Sanja Dugonjić Jovančević
  • Željko Arbanas
Original Paper


This study presents a review of recently recorded instability phenomena on the flysch slopes of Istria, Croatia. The northeastern part of the Istrian Peninsula, the so-called Gray Istria, is built of Paleogene flysch deposits, where instability phenomena are frequent and where a large number of landslides, with significant consequences, have been recorded over the past 35 years. Based on field investigations conducted for the purpose of remedial study design, a database of these landslides was created. An investigation of the documented landslides and their elements found some common features that enabled general conclusions about the conditions and causes of landslide occurrence. In total, 19 documented landslides have been analyzed as individual phenomena, and from the results of these analyses, general conclusions were drawn about sliding conditions and the main triggering factors. Geological conditions and processes on slopes where landslides occurred are shown in detail, and geotechnical properties have been systematically represented. The sliding conditions and dimensions of four recent landslide occurrences, specifically by type, have been described in detail and analyzed.


Landslide Flysch Triggering factor Rainfall Cumulative precipitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Civil EngineeringUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

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