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New media resources on LEWS

NEWS received from
Mirianna Budimir (Practical Action, SHEAR)

We are pleased to share some collaborative resources on landslide early warning systems co-produced by the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) programme and LandAware:

We hope you find these resources useful and encourage you to use them and share them with your networks.

As a reminder, these resources have been produced to complement existing SHEAR publications:

Related information and resources that are relevant from SHEAR can be found below:

For any questions, please contact

LandAware network News from members WG02 Communication-Networking

New publication on landslide forecasting

NEWS received from
Mirianna Budimir (Practical Action, SHEAR)

A new publication on landslide forecasting was developed by one of the Impact and Influence projects under the FCDO and UKRI-NERC funded SHEAR programme. The title of the work is “Framework for implementation of a landslide early warning forecast model in developing countries: Challenges and lessons from SHEAR.

Forecasting rainfall-induced landslides is a difficult yet important task that can provide time to take action to save lives, reduce economic losses and help to mitigate the impacts of landslides. The type, quality and accessibility of data directly constrain the choice of approach used for the landslide forecasting and its skill. However, in many landslide-prone countries, limited resources, and lack of investment lead to limited data availability and/or insufficient quality data for informed forecasts.
This paper collates understanding from SHEAR consortium members on key considerations for developing territorial (‘regional-scale’) landslide forecasts, particularly in developing country contexts.
The paper has been led by members from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the British Geological Survey, the UK Met Office, and Practical Action Consulting International from the LANDSLIP project. The content of this publication has been greatly informed by discussions within LANDSLIP reflecting on project experiences through workshops within
the consortium and across the SHEAR programme.

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PhD position at the University of Salerno

NEWS received from
Michele Calvello (University of Salerno, Italy)

A PhD position in “Innovative monitoring and warning strategies for weather-induced landslides using IoT and Machine Learning” is offered at the University of Salerno, Italy. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2022.

The PhD research will be conducted as part of a recently funded Horizon Europe project, coordinated by Prof. Michele Calvello, called “The HuT (Human-Tech nexus): Building a safe haven for coping with climate extremes.” The project includes 26 EU Partners and 10 demonstrators across Europe. The HuT will employ innovative DRR solutions, accounting for the potential variations induced by climate change, and will deal with weather-induced events tackled with trans-disciplinary risk management tools and approaches.

Deadline to apply for the PhD fellowship: 14 July 2022


News from members WG08 IoT-based methods and analyses

WG8 – #1 Workshop on Seismic noise and Geophysical monitoring

NEWS received from
Luca Piciullo (NGI Norway)


First Workshop on Seismic noise and Geophysical monitoring for the IoT-based methods and analyses Working group

July 5, 2022 — 16:00 – 17:30 CET



Dr. Eric Larose is a CNRS Director of Research at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. Eric is the Director of LABCOM, a joint industry-academia research partnership focused on developing innovative technologies and methodologies to monitor and predict natural and artificial instabilities. Eric has a history of transdisciplinary work related to natural hazard monitoring. His expertise lies in geophysics and seismology. 

Dr. Jim Whiteleyis a geophysicist, with expertise in integrating seismic investigation methods with well-established electrical resistivity tomography monitoring methods. His research focuses on the application of these methods to monitor landslides, with an emphasis on establishing hydrogeological and geomechanical precursors to slope failure. He is currently employed at the British Geological Survey.

Dr. Malgorzata Chmiel is Postdoc at Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). She is a geophysicist, with expertise in seismic data (ground vibrations) generated by mass movements and ambient noise sources. Her research focuses the application of machine learning to natural hazards (e.g., debris flow detection with machine learning and seismic data).

LandAware network News from members WG02 Communication-Networking

Regional-scale landslide forecasting in two regions of India

NEWS received from
Mirianna Budimir (Practical Action, SHEAR)

Developing regional-scale landslide forecasting in two hazard-prone regions of India: the LANDSLIP project.

Over twelve per cent of the Indian land mass is prone to landslides, directly impacting settlements, roads, strategic trade corridors, and heritage sites. As part of the UKRI funded Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme, an international research team have co-developed a prototype regional-scale landslide forecasting system in two hazard-prone districts of India, helping authorities to improve early warning and build resilience to rainfall-triggered landslides. This research project, LANDSLIP “Landslide multi-hazard risk assessment, preparedness and early warning in South Asia: Integrating meteorology, landscape and society” research project, ran from 2016 to 2022.

The LANDSLIP consortium consisted of physical scientists, engineers, social scientists and practitioners from nine organisations in the UK, Italy, and India, including the Geological Survey of India, who are the principal government agency for landslides in India:

  • India: Geological Survey of India, Amrita University, Practical Action-India, SaveTheHills and Keystone.
  • Italy: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.
  • UK: British Geological Survey, King’s College London, Met Office, Practical Action Consulting International, Newcastle University.

Through multi-agency collaboration, using interdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives and associated funding of eight PhD students, LANDSLIP has also developed new research and insights by building on existing scientific research in India, the UK and Italy.

Project outputs are aiding Indian authorities to further develop data, models, protocols and procedures to improve landslide forecasting and, in turn, support early warning.

For more information on the project, and to access resources produced by the project see:

LandAware network News from members WG07 Operational LEWS

WG7 regional meetings

NEWS received from
Graziella Devoli – NWE Norway

The LandAware WG7 – Operational LEWS is organizing three regional meetings to establish contact among members from the same country/region, to exchange experiences and to know about projects in the region and possibly to promote future collaborations among LandAware associates and observers. We would like to have the opportunity to discuss the status of landslide early warning systems in the region, needs, resources and limitations that delay or have delayed the organization of operational LEWS.

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1. Meeting Latin America (in Spanish):
Wednesday 29th of June 2022 (at 8:00 AM Ciudad de Guatemala time, 16:00 CEST).

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2. Meeting Brazil (in Portuguese):
Monday 4th of July 2022 (at 18:00 Rio de Janeiro time, 23:00 CEST).

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3. Meeting Indian-Himalayan region (in English):
Wednesday 13 of July for India (18:00 Mumbai time, 14:30 CEST).

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Please forward this invitation to other colleagues that could be interested in this topic even if they are not part of the LandAware network.

For problem with the link, contact Graziella Devoli

Best regards,
Graziella Devoli, Paulo Hader, Sesha Ammavajjala

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LandAware 2022 workshop – Preliminary program published

The preliminary program of the 2022 LandAware workshop, which will be held at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf, Zürich, Switzerland, on 3-5 October 2022, is online!

Binding registration by 15 August 2022

Updated info at:

News from members WG08 IoT-based methods and analyses

New article on IoT-based hydrological monitoring of water-induced landslides

NEWS received from
Emir Ahmet Oguz – NTNU, Norway

Our new paper “IoT-based hydrological monitoring of water-induced landslides: a case study in central Norway” was published on the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment.
This study presents an overview of a case study on IoT-based hydrological monitoring of water-induced landslides in central Norway and highlights several important findings on the implementation of IoT-based monitoring systems. The collected data on hydrological activities in terms of volumetric water content and matric suction provided novel and valuable insights into the hydrological responses of slopes in seasonally cold climates.
Our paper was published with open access and feel free to read this study!

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EGU LandAware get-together in Vienna on Wednesday 25 May

As written in the title of this blog post, I would like to take advantage of the fact that some LandAware members will be in Vienna at #EGU22 at the end of May… to get together for one evening, to meet and talk in person after a series of online conversations.

I chose Wednesday, May 25, because that’s the day the session NH3.7 Towards reliable Landslide Early Warning Systems is scheduled (Session LINK), thus I am assuming that if you will indeed attend EGU in person, you will most likely be in Vienna on that evening.

The get-together will be an informal dinner with good Austrian beer, self-funded by the participants (unfortunately LandAware doesn’t have any funding to manage), in a restaurant/brewery I like a lot: Salm Brau (webpage). I suggest we meet there at 19:30.

If you are in Vienna on that day, and you like the idea, I ask you to FILL THIS FORM (, as I need to know in advance the number of people participating (a reservation is necessary in that place). Feel free to extend the invitation to some friends.

I am looking forward to seeing you (hopefully many of you) in Vienna,
Michele Calvello

News from members WG08 IoT-based methods and analyses

Working Group 8 kick-off meeting

NEWS received from
Dylan Mikesell and Luca Piciullo (NGI, Norway)

Please join us for the LandAware Working Group 8 (WG08kick-off meeting. This working group is meant to share knowledge from case studies and pilot test sites with the goal to test real-time monitoring and modeling for landslide early warning purposes. Both local and territorial landslide early warning systems will be investigated.

The speed-meeting will be brief (ca. 30min) and held virtually via Microsoft Teams. The goal of this meeting is to introduce interested participants to this working group and share information on potential opportunities. In addition, participants will have the chance to give input on the direction this working group goes.

Who: LandAware WG08

What: Kick-off meeting

WhereTeams Link

When: Wednesday 11 May 202216:00-16:30 CET


1. Introduction to WG08 – Luca Piciullo – 10 min

2. Short questionnaire – moderator Dylan Mikesell – 10 min

3. participant discussion – ca. 10/20 min

We hope to meet you soon virtually to start this exciting cooperative working group.

The organizing group:

Luca Piciullo, Dylan Mikesell, James Michael Strout, Regula Frauenfelder, Rosa Maria Palau Berastegui, Emanuele Intrieri, Małgorzata Chmiel, Veronica Tofani, Marcel Hürlimann.