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

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)