Earth  ID: 11855

Instagram: Global Landslide Catalog Aids View From Space

Landslides are among the most common and dramatic natural hazards, reshaping landscapes -- and anything in their path. Tracking when and where landslides occur worldwide has historically been difficult, because of the lack of a centralized database across all nations. But NASA researchers have updated the first publicly available Global Landslide Catalog, based on media reports and online databases that bring together many sources of information on landslides that have occurred since 2007. The catalog, originally released in 2010, is still the only one of its kind.


Around 6000 landslides are noted in the catalog. This wealth of data gives scientists a starting point to analyze where, how and why landslides are likely to occur. In particular, NASA researchers have begun to compare landslide occurrence with global rainfall data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission.


The catalog is currently available at: http://ojo-streamer.herokuapp.com/.


Research: Spatial and temporal analysis of a global landslide catalog.
Journal: Geomorphology, March 21, 2015.
Link to paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169555X15001579.

 

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http://pmm.nasa.gov/applications/landslides


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Keywords:
SVS >> GPM
DLESE >> Geology
DLESE >> Physical geography
SVS >> Rainfall
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Erosion/Sedimentation >> Landslides
SVS >> Natural Disaster
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> TRMM
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Landslides

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0