Quantitative coseismic and precipitation-induced landslide risk mapping for the country of Lebanon

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Quantitative landslide risk assessment is a key step in creating appropriate land use policies. The forced migration of those displaced by recent events in Syria has highlighted the need for studies to guide humanitarian aid and resettlement policies. In 2011, armed conflict in the region precipitated the largest refugee crisis in a generation. Over 1.5 million displaced Syrians now reside in Lebanon, rapidly changing the population distribution in geomorphically-active areas of the country. We use a multi-step process to quantitatively assess the landslide risk profile of Lebanon throughout the ongoing Syrian conflict. First, mode-specific geotechnical models are utilized to assess the individual hazard contributions of a suite of triggering scenarios and types of landslides appropriate to the varied terrain of Lebanon. Second, vulnerability estimates and population data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are combined to produce scenario-specific risk. Finally, risk data is aggregated to create a comprehensive landslide risk profile for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and compared to that of the pre-conflict Lebanese population.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Quantitative coseismic and precipitation-induced landslide risk mapping for the country of Lebanon
DOI 10.1061/9780784482155.013
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Geo-Congress 2019
Conference Title Eighth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering
Conference Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conference Date March 24–27, 2019
Country Lebanon
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