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GSA 2017 SESSION ON LANDSLIDES
T242 - Current Trends in Landslide Monitoring: New Techniques, Methods, Successes, Failures and Case Studies
Description: This session focusses on landslide monitoring techniques and methods: ground-based, remote, space-borne, real-time, methodological comparisons, new approaches, experimental efforts, reliability, instrumentation success and failures, case study examples are also invited contributions.
Rationale: Landslides pose a serious global threat to the health and safety of individuals, communities and infrastructure. Despite significant gains in public and civic awareness and education regarding landslide hazards, infrastructure pressures through expansion into susceptible terrain, impacts of changing climates, and poor land-use practices in certain areas of the world challenge professionals to reduce the risk associated with various forms of slope instability. This session address the fundamental first line of defence in the professional tool box of all landslide professionals: namely the wise and effective use of monitoring methods to better understand the nature and behaviour of slope instability. Mitigating the risks associated with unstable slopes is based on a good assessment of slope movements. Practitioners are most effective when armed with a good repertoire of state-of-the-art techniques and methods for landslide monitoring. This session will enhance the knowledge base and technological opportunities afforded to professionals involved in landslide studies.