Landslide Risk: Assessment, Management and Reduction

Valentina Svalova
Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience, Russian Academy of Sciences (IEG RAS), Moscow, Russia

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
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A landslide is a major geological hazard, which poses a serious threat to the global human population and various infrastructures like highways, rail routes and civil structures like dams, buildings and others. Landslides occur very often during other major natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and volcanoes.

The word “landslide” represents only a type of movement that is a slide. However, it is generally used as a term to cover all the types of land movements including falls, creeps, spreads, flows and other complex movements.

Geological risk is a relatively new and not fully explored concept. There are many definitions of geological risk. Often, a scientific study or a scientific approach to the problem begins with a presentation of the author’s position and the choice of the definition of geological risk for this problem. One of the most common approaches defines risk as the expectation of the damage, or the product of the probability of possible hazardous events on the damage produced.
The problem with landslide risk management is that it is seen as a series of events leading to landslide risk reduction. It includes landslide monitoring, mapping, landslide forecast, engineering, slope strengthening, insurance and others. Strictly speaking, geological risk management includes:

1. Risk analysis and assessment
2. Risk mapping (for the purposes of management)
3. Methods of risk management:
a) Regulatory normative-legal methods
b) Organizational and administrative methods
c) Economic methods (direct and indirect)
d) Insurance
e) Engineering and technical methods – active and passive
4. Concept of acceptable risk

This monograph is devoted to landslide research, focusing on risk analysis, assessment, management and reduction. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Natural Hazards and Disasters

Chapter 2. Landslide Classification

Chapter 3. Natural Risks and Landslide Risks

Chapter 4. Landslide Risk Assessment

Chapter 5. Landslide Risk Management and Monitoring: A Case Study of Taiwan

Chapter 6. Landslide Monitoring: A Case Study of Russia

Chapter 7. Risk Management and Reduction: Engineering and Technical Methods

Chapter 8. Landslide Modeling

Chapter 9. Cultural and Natural Heritage for Landslide Risk Assessment



List of Landslides

Author's Contact Information


“Landslide Risk: Assessment, Management and Reduction is devoted to landslide research on the base of the risk concept. It is based on the author’s scientific investigations in particular during participation in many international projects in Taiwan, China, India, Italy, USA, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Norway, Brazil, Japan, Greece, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Hungary, Andorra, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia and other countries. The book contains many original photos and landslide examples. It can be interesting for scientific researchers, decision makers and the general public.” - Professor Alexey Nikolaev, Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute Physics of the Earth RAS, Moscow, Russia

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