"Report a Landslide” A website to engage the public in identifying geologic hazards

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Abstract

Direct observation by people is the most practical way of identifying, locating, and describing most damaging landslides. In an effort to increase public awareness of landslide hazards and encourage public participation in collecting basic data about landslides, the USGS recently launched a website called “Report a landslide.” The website is modeled in part after the highly successful USGS website “Did you feel it?” which has been used for several years to gather data from the public about intensity of felt earthquakes. The new “Report a landslide” website encourages visitors to report where and when they observed a landslide and to classify the landslide by movement type. Interested users also can report information about damage and casualties, dimensions, and simple geological observations, and can submit photographs of the landslide. Once a user submits a report, the location of the reported landslide appears on a map, and the location is linked to a summary of submitted data. Photos are reviewed prior to posting on the event page. By adding existing USGS data from historical landslides and promoting the website in the wake of large, regional landslide events, we hope to generate widespread awareness and interest in the website. The “Report a landslide” site has great potential for eventually creating a nationwide source of basic landslide data.

Additional publication details

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title "Report a Landslide” A website to engage the public in identifying geologic hazards
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04999-1_8
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Landslide science for a safer geoenvironment, Vol.1: The International Programme on Landslides (IPL)
First page 95
Last page 100