LandAware network WG02 Communication-Networking

First LandAware physical meeting

After a series of on-line events and meetings, the LandAware network for the first time will meet physically to jointly review the first two years of the LandAware network and to discuss recent developmens and current challenges in the field of landslide early warning.

The workshop will be held at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf, Zürich, Switzerland, in the days 3-5 October 2022.

We explicitly welcome both researchers, representatives of operational warning systems and other professionals related to landslide early warning.

Updated info at:

LandAware network News from members

Invitation to participate in research

NEWS received from
Mirianna Budimir (Practical Action, SHEAR)

We would like to invite LandAware members with relevant knowledge and experience of developing landslide early warning or forecast systems to take part in our FCDO and NERC funded SHEAR programme research study on developing landslide forecasting for Early Warning Systems. The research is being undertaken by a team from the British Geological Survey, Italian National Research Council, and Practical Action Consulting.

The purpose is to gather technical learning and evidence on developing landslide forecasting for Early Warning Systems. The research findings will be synthesised to provide learning points for development or refinement of landslide forecasting. The main findings will be shared in a report, which will be downloadable from the SHEAR project website, and the results will also be published in open access publications and shared via conferences.

Your responses to the questionnaire will be regarded as strictly confidential and will be held securely for the duration of the research. All data will be anonymised. Your personal information may be used to contact you for a follow-up interview by the project team.

To participate in this research study, please fill in the Google form here by 15th April 2022. The team would greatly appreciate your time supporting this research and hope that you are able to share your knowledge and experience with us.

If you have any questions, please email Mirianna Budimir (

LandAware network News from members WG02 Communication-Networking

Webinars on Landslide Monitoring for Early Warning Systems

NEWS received from
Jose Antonio Gili Ripoll (UPC, Spain)

On behalf of the PyrMove and GeoRisk projects, we are happy to announce four one-hour webinars on “Landslide Monitoring for Early Warning Systems” (2nd Edition), to be held this April, every Wednesday after lunchtime.

The webinar series goal is to disseminate new techniques and concepts that might help in landslide monitoring and modelling. These new solutions may be the base of some Early Warning Systems for controlling and managing the risk, in order to reduce damage or losses.

The webinars are addressed to professionals working in the risk management field, but also to the administration and public authorities responsible of the landslide and rockfall prone areas. Academics and students are also welcomed!

Webinars agenda

Wednesday, 6th of April, 2022. 15:00-16:00 (CEST)
Mixed Reality tools for visualization of complex spatial data in geomechanics – by Joan Roca (BGC Engineering)

Wednesday, 20th of April, 2022. 14:00-15:00 (CEST)    
Distributed fiber optic sensing for geotechnical monitoring – by Werner Lienhart (T. U. Graz)

Wednesday, 27thof April, 2022. 14:00-15:00 (CEST)
Filling the gap between monitoring and modelling in geotechnical engineering – by Cristian de Santos (SAALG Geomechanics)

Wednesday, 4th of May, 2022. 14:00-15:00 (CEST)
Slope stability monitoring using Remote IoT Technology – by Àngela Lluch & Víctor Salines (WorldSensing)


Practical directions to follow the webinars

The technical sessions will be held in English. The attendance is free. The webinars will be held online through a Google Meet session

For the first webinar (Wednesday, 6 April · 15:00) the link will be:  (Meet code: sif-ftdu-oxd)

Next sessions will use a different MEET code. To be invited to one or several days, a simple pre-webinar registration is required: you must send an email to (the “2021” in the address is not a mistake, this gmail was configured for the 1st edition!) indicating your intention to attend to one or several webinars. You will receive the webinar link the day before each session.

In this link you may find a PDF with the factual information about the four webinars, a short description about the ‘PyrMove’ and the ‘GeoRisk’ projects and some useful links.

If you want, you can watch the four last-year webinars (April 2021) at the Youtube Webinar channel

For additional information, do not hesitate to contact the webinars ‘curators’: Technical University Catalonia (UPC)  & Institut Cartogràfic Geològic Catalunya (ICGC, Barcelona, Spain)

News from members WG08 IoT-based methods and analyses

New Working Group!

NEWS received from
Luca Piciullo (NGI, Norway)

A new LandAware Working Group is born!
The new WG is dedicated to Internet of Thing methods and analyses, specifically devoted to real-time monitoring, modelling, and early warning.

The WG aims at gathering case studies and pilots to apply IoT-based methods and innovative monitoring sensors for warning purposes.

More info at:

If you are already a member of LandAware and you are interested in tthis WG please send your application by filling this form

If you are not yet member of LandAware please fill the membership request form

WG05 Innovations

Two presentations on the use of in-situ soil wetness data for LEWS

NEWS received from
Manfred Stähli (WSL, Switzerland)

Last Wednesday, 9 February, 2022, LandAware WG 5 “Innovationsdiscussed the added value of in-situ soil wetness monitoring for landslide early warning systems.

The two input presentations by Annette Patton, University of Oregon, and Adrian Wicki, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, have been recorded and are now available at the LandAware YouTube channel:

Welcome to have a look at it!

News from members

Call for abstracts : JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk (7-10 June, 2023)

NEWS received from
Vittoria Capobianco – NGI, Norway

The Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) of FedICGS is delighted to invite you to join us at the 3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk, to be held in Oslo, Norway on June 7th – 10th, 2023.

3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk

Anthropogenic impacts and related climate change are unquestionably changing the landslide risk and impacting how we assess and manage the risk(s).

The aim of the Workshop is to promote discussion between scientists and engineers on whether we are capable of predicting and quantifying the expected changes in landslide risk and how we could implement the knowledge gained from academic research on landslide risk management into practice. The advanced topics in focus for the discussions include:

  • Rock mass degradation and landslide initiation;
  • Climate and anthropogenic impact on landslide risk in various geographic regions, including the Arctic;
  • Prediction of landslide mobility and impact footprint, including landslides initiated at mine tailings storage facilities;
  • Application of modern remote sensing technologies to landslide risk assessment; 
  • Landslide risk reduction strategies: risk mitigation, including early warning and nature-based solutions;
  • Applications of new technologies like machine learning for landslide susceptibility and landslide hazard mapping.

The workshop will consist of two lecture days (June 8 and 9), and a one-day technical excursion (June 10). The lecture days will be a combination of five keynote lectures, a number of invited lectures, the 3rd Hutchinson Lecture as well as discussion sessions.

You are invited to submit extended abstracts (up to 4 pages) for oral presentation and short abstracts (max 1 page) for poster presentation. Instructions and templates for abstract submission can be found here.

The deadline for submitting both extended and poster abstracts is 31 March 2022.

The digital proceedings will be issued right after the workshop and made available on the 3rd JTC1 Workshop website.

The Organizing Committee will make a selection of the best abstracts (oral presentations and posters) and invite the authors to provide a full manuscript to be published in a Special Issue of a refereed, open-access journal. A total of 10 to 15 articles are envisioned for the Special Issue, which is expected to be published within one year after the workshop.

For detailed information check the dedicated website at:

Looking forward to seeing you in Oslo, 2023!

Contact person: Vittoria Capobianco (NGI) –

WG04 eLearning

eLearning project: LEWS fact sheets

The LandAware eLearning Working Group is happy to present the first output of an ongoing project: LEWS fact sheets (click below to access the project web page)

Are you a LEWS manager wanting your system to gain visibility by means of “our” fact sheets? Are you a LandAware member wanting to help us in creating new fact sheets? YOU ARE WELCOME TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT.

Do not hesitate to contact us: Michele CalvelloAnne Felsberg.

News from members WG07 Operational LEWS

Seven years of landslide forecasting in Norway. Strengths and limitations

NEWS received from
Graziella Devoli – NVE, Norway

New conference proceedings “Seven years of landslide forecasting in Norway – Strengths and limitations”  presented at 5th World landslide Forum, Kyoto, Japan (WLF5 | World Lanslide Forum 5 (

In this short paper, the authors summarize the experiences acquired by the Norwegian Landslide Forecasting and Warning Service during the first 7 years (between 2013 and 2019) of operation and discuss some of the main strengths and limitations of the service. The authors recognize that the major strengths of the service were the national political will (towards the creation of such of service), the assignation of the landslide forecasting service to an existing well consolidated flood warning service, the strong collaboration across public agencies and the multidisciplinary approach. The existence of a national landslide database and of an operational distributed hydrological model were essential for the rapid establishment of relationships between landslides events and hydro-meteorological conditions. A strong development of IT-tools and expansion of the meteorological and hydrological network was also crucial. Several are the challenges and limitations, among them: an insufficient process-understanding of rainfall- and snowmelt-induced landslides, the difficult and tedious task of verifying landslide occurrence after a warning is sent and, the prediction of landslides triggered by local intense rain showers during summer, and by rapid snowmelt events during winter, due to the limitations that exist in the models and thresholds currently in use.

Reference: Devoli G., Colleuille H., Sund M., Wasrud J. (2021). Seven Years of Landslide Forecasting in Norway—Strengths and Limitations. In: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021, N. Casagli et al. (eds.), Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk, ICL Contribution to Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction,  (pages 267-274)

News from members

Workshop on Slope Stability and Landslide Risk Management

NEWS received from
Michele Calvello

NGI, in cooperation with ISSMGE TC304 and TC309, organises a half-day Technical Forum on Slope Stability and Landslide Risk Management on 14 December 2021 (8:30-12:30 CET).

To advance the understanding of landslide hazard and risk, this Forum will provide a platform for academics and practitioners to share insights and experience gained from research and practice. The Forum focuses on four themes, namely (1) Probabilistic slope stability assessment, (2) Climate impact on slope stability and landslides, (3) Landslide mobility and (4) Landslide risk assessment and mitigation.

The event will be conducted in a virtual  mode. Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory and should be completed online. 

Link to register

News from members

Session on LEWS at EGU2022

NEWS received from
Luca Piciullo, Dalia Kirschbaum, Neelima Satyam, Samuele Segoni, and Stefano Luigi Gariano

The EGU General Assembly 2022 #EGU22 will return as an in-person/hybrid event to Vienna, Austria, from 3-8 April 2022, once again bringing together geoscientists from all over the world.
The session entitled “Towards reliable Landslide Early Warning Systems” is now open to receive your contributions.

The session focuses on LEWSs at both regional and local scales. The session wishes to highlight operational approaches, original achievements and developments useful to operate reliable (efficient and effective) local and territorial LEWSs.
Contributions addressing the following topics are welcome:
rainfall thresholds definition for warning purposes;
–  monitoring systems for early warning purposes;
warning models for warning levels issuing;
performance analysis of landslide warning models;
communication strategies;
emergency phase management.

More info at

The deadline for abstract submission is 12 January 2022, 13:00 CET.

For those applying for EGU Roland Schlich travel support, the deadline is 1 December 2021, 13:00 CET. Only EGU members with a valid 2022 membership will be able to submit abstracts to EGU22 and, with a few exceptions, only one abstract as first author will be permitted.

Note on presentation format: if you plan on participating virtually, you should submit your abstract to a vPICO session, since the oral/poster sessions will not provide the possibility for virtual presentation. If you plan on attending in-person in Vienna, feel free to submit to any session, vPICO as well as oral/poster sessions.

Looking forward to receiving your contributions and to meeting you all (in person or virtually) soon!
Luca Piciullo, Dalia Kirschbaum, Neelima Satyam, Samuele Segoni, Stefano Luigi Gariano