, Volume 72, Issue 1, pp 147-148
Date: 13 Nov 2012

Reply to discussion by R. Tomás, M. Cano, J. García-Barba on “GIS-based kinematic slope instability and slope mass rating (SMR) maps: application to a railway route in Sivas (Turkey)” by Işık Yilmaz, Marian Marschalko, Mustafa Yildirim, Emek Dereli and Martin Bednarik, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment 71, (2012), 351–357, doi:10.1007/s10064-011-0384-5”

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The authors would like to express their thanks to the discussers for their interest on our paper and the related suggestions and comments. In this reply our explanations are presented, and we hope that they will help to clarify the points raised by the discussers.

In disaster management and hazard mitigation, geographical information systems (GIS) technologies are used to address a wide range of problems, and are increasingly playing an important role in especially medium scale spatial planning and sustainable development (Yilmaz 2008, 2009). The main aim of the original paper published by Yilmaz et al. (2012) is an attempt for discussion of the use of kinematic stability and slope mass rating (SMR) maps in GIS based on field studies recording the relationships between the bedding/joint geometry relative to the orientation of the free face.

As suggested by the discussers; direct comparison does not take into account the failure mode associated with the SMR value of the pixel and as a con ...