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3 June 2009

Are satellite-based landslide hazard algorithms useful?

In some parts of the world, such as the Seattle area of the USA, wide area landslide warning systems are operated on the basis of rainfall thresholds. These are comparatively simple in essence – basically the combination of short term and long term rainfall that is needed to trigger landslides is determined, often using historical records of landslide events. A critical threshold is determined for the combination of these two …

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28 March 2009

Images of landslides and other damage from the Sichuan earthquake part 4 – the Mianyuanhe area

This is the fourth part of my photographic description of damage caused by the Sichuan earthquake. The other parts are as follows: Part 1: Beichuan townPart 2: The Tangjiashan landslidePart 3: Hanwang townPart 4 (this part): The Mianyuanhe areaPart 5: The Xingyiu area First a location map. The Mianyuanhe area is a fairly large river valley that cuts through the Longmen mountain chain, with its mouth as Hanwang as shown …

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27 March 2009

A Powerpoint presentation on earthquake-induced landslides

On Monday I gave a presentation to staff and students at the State Key Laboratory for Geohazards at Chengdu University of Technology – the topic was the lessons that can be learnt about earthquake-induced landslides from the Taiwan (1999) and Kashmir (2005) earthquakes. This is the presentation: http://www.authorstream.com/player/player.swf?p=167992_633737258388926500Uploaded on authorSTREAM by Dr_Dave I ask only that you acknowledge me in any use that you might make of it.

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12 November 2008

Sendai presentations

The following are my presentations from the World Landslide Forum Satellite Conference in Japan on 11th and 12th November 2008. In each case, you should be able to download the Powerpoint show from the link below the file. I am more than happy to send copies of the papers to anyone who might like them, and will post them online next week. I also welcome any comments that you might …

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29 April 2008

The Frank Landslide, 29th April 1903

As today is the 105th anniversary of the Frank Landslide in Canada, it seems appropriate to revisit this most interesting event. The town of Frank is located at about 49 degrees 35 minutes North and 114 degrees 24 minutes West at an elevation of about 1300 m in Alberta, Canada. The town on the back of coal deposits at the foot of Turtle Mountain to the west of the town …

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