2018 University of Maryland Geology Colloquium Series
Friday, September 21st 2018 at 3:00 pm
in PLS 1130, UMD College Park
Finding the Slippery Slope: “Detecting” Landslides from Space
Rainfall-triggered landslides occur in nearly every country around the world, causing billions of dollars of damages and cause thousands of fatalities each year. Understanding and modeling the dynamics of rainfall-triggered landslides is a challenging task due to rainfall variability and the complexity of approximating landslide failure mechanisms over broader scales. Satellite data provides a unique perspective to estimate where and when landslides may be occurring as well as to map areas when these events occur. However, the accuracy is highly dependent on the spatial scale and methods used. This presentation outlines several on-going efforts to better understand landslide activity at different spatial and temporal scales using different modeling, mapping and citizen science methods.