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THRESH—Software for tracking rainfall thresholds for landslide and debris-flow occurrence, user manual

Techniques and Methods 14-A2

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https://doi.org/10.3133/tm14A2

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Abstract

Precipitation thresholds are used in many areas to provide early warning of precipitation-induced landslides and debris flows, and the software distribution THRESH is designed for automated tracking of precipitation, including precipitation forecasts, relative to thresholds for landslide occurrence. This software is also useful for analyzing multiyear precipitation records to compare timing of threshold exceedance with dates and times of historical landslides. This distribution includes the main program THRESH for comparing precipitation to several kinds of thresholds, two utility programs, and a small collection of Python and shell scripts to aid the automated collection and formatting of input data and the graphing and further analysis of output results. The software programs can be deployed on computing platforms that support Fortran 95, Python 2, and certain Unix commands. The software handles rainfall intensity-duration thresholds, cumulative recent-antecedent precipitation thresholds, and peak intensity thresholds as well as various measures of antecedent precipitation. Users should have predefined rainfall thresholds before running THRESH.

Suggested Citation

Baum, R.L., Fischer, S.J., and Vigil, J.C., 2018, THRESH—Software for tracking rainfall thresholds for landslide and debris-flow occurrence, user manual: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 14, chap. A2, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm14A2.

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Features
  • Theoretical Basis of the Program
  • Program Operation
  • Utility Programs
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Seattle, Washington, Example
  • Appendix 2. Example of Using Rainfall Forecasts with Thresholds
  • Appendix 3. Hydrological Monitoring Sites

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
THRESH—Software for tracking rainfall thresholds for landslide and debris-flow occurrence, user manual
Series title:
Techniques and Methods
Series number:
14-A2
DOI:
10.3133/tm14A2
Year Published:
2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description:
Report: v, 33 p.; Software release
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Section A: Modeling methods in Book 14: Landslide and debris-flow assessment
Public Comments:
This report is Chapter 2 of Section A: Modeling methods in Book 14: Landslide and debris-flow assessment.
Online Only (Y/N):
Y