Landslides and Avalanches

The landslide Web pages of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Web site for the National Landslide Information Center (NLIC) offer indexes to landslide publications and information on research, advisories, and recent events. There are also links to landslide information for each state, landslide images, and education and outreach resources. The USGS's "theme page" on landslides, at the second URL above, provides more information about USGS landslide programs, as well as a link to a landslide "Fact Sheet" that lists USGS publications in this area.
The International Landslide Research Group (ILRG) is an informal group of individuals concerned about mass earth movement and interested in sharing information on landslide research. The ILRG Web site provides all back issues of the group's newsletter, with information about landslide programs, new initiatives, meetings and publications, the experiences of people engaged in landslide research, and "any other information about landslide research that 'normal' journals will not accept."
The American Planning Association's (APA's) research department has embarked on a program to bring together information about and solutions to landslide hazard risks from multiple disciplines into a single source to aid local planning. Proposed products include:

  • A guidebook for local planners that will bring together the science, the practice, and alternatives for planning and zoning for landslide hazards;
  • A training and workshop program for local planners and planning commission members;
  • A series of GIS and computer-based mapping and analytical tools with relevant national-level remote sensing data from the USGS and other agencies;
  • A curriculum outline for use by planning schools to incorporate this topic into planning programs.

The program Web site not only offers extensive information about this project, such as the draft table of contents for the proposed guidebook, but also information about landslides generally, including a computer simulation of an actual slide, links to a bibliography on landslides, contact information, and a "links" page to other landslide information on the Web. Additionally, APA has created a "Landslides-L" mailing list for discussions about planning for landslides. To join or find out more about the list, see the project Web site above.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides "fact sheets" - including preparedness tips - concerning most natural and technological hazards.
The Washington State Department of Ecology launched this excellent site on landslides in the Puget Sound region. It includes information about landslides generally, warning signs, what to do if you have a slide, what to do to prevent slides, and where and how to obtain help. It also lists frequently asked questions (FAQs) and provides slope maps and a slide show on causes, recent occurrences, repair, and prevention of landslides. Much of the information on the site could be useful to people in other regions.

The Westwide Avalanche Network Home Page, created in affiliation with the American Association of Avalanche Professionals, describes this network of North American avalanche center's products and services, offers accounts of recent accidents, provides a means for data information exchange among network members, lists recent avalanche research, provides a library of downloadable software and a library of avalanche photographs, lists North American avalanche center contact information and provides their most recent reports, lists avalanche educational resources, provides a weather page, offers information on the use of avalanche search dogs, lists upcoming avalanche conferences, answers FAQs (frequently asked questions) about avalanches, and provides numerous links to other public and privates sources of avalanche information.
The Web site of the American Avalanche Association describes the history and mission of that group; provides an avalanche information/media packet with much background information about this hazard; and offers details about avalanche education courses, sample articles and subscription information about the association's newsletter - the Avalanche Review, and other information about the community of professionals involved in avalanche hazard mitigation.
The Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche Center covers current snow conditions, avalanche education and research (including bibliographies and other publications), archived avalanche bulletins, summaries of avalanche incidents, professional resources (including lists of research centers, weather resources, conferences, and additional avalanche Web sites), and other snow and avalanche information such as statistics and personal accounts of disasters.