An open repository of earthquake-triggered ground-failure inventories

Data Series 1064
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Earthquake-triggered ground failure, such as landsliding and liquefaction, can contribute significantly to losses, but our current ability to accurately include them in earthquake-hazard analyses is limited. The development of robust and widely applicable models requires access to numerous inventories of ground failures triggered by earthquakes that span a broad range of terrains, shaking characteristics, and climates. We present an openly accessible, centralized earthquake-triggered groundfailure inventory repository in the form of a ScienceBase Community to provide open access to these data with the goal of accelerating research progress. The ScienceBase Community hosts digital inventories created by both U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and non-USGS authors. We present the original digital inventory files (when available) as well as an integrated database with uniform attributes. We also summarize the mapping methodology and level of completeness as reported by the original author(s) for each inventory. This document describes the steps taken to collect, process, and compile the inventories and the process for adding additional ground-failure inventories to the ScienceBase Community in the future.

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, R.G., Tanyas, Hakan, Nowicki Jessee, M.A., Zhu, Jing, Biegel, K.M., Allstadt, K.E., Jibson, R.W., Thompson, E.M., van Westen, C.J., Sato, H.P., Wald, D.J., Godt, J.W., Gorum, Tolga, Xu, Chong, Rathje, E.M., Knudsen, K.L., 2017, An open repository of earthquake-triggered ground-failure inventories: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1064, 17 p.,

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Overview
  • Original Data Sources and Processing Steps
  • Metadata
  • Limitations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Disclaimers
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Earthquake-Triggered Landslide Inventory Author Method-Summary Form
  • Appendix 2. Earthquake-Triggered Liquefaction Inventory Author Method-Summary Form
  • Appendix 3. Earthquake-Triggered Ground-Failure Inventory Author’s Permission Form
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title An open repository of earthquake-triggered ground-failure inventories
Series title Data Series
Series number 1064
DOI 10.3133/ds1064
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description Report: iii, 17 p.; Data Release
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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