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New LEWS article in open discussion

NEWS received from
Ben Mirus (USGS, USA)

We would like to draw your attention to a new NHESS Invited Perspectives, which is now posted online. The paper focuses on lessons learned from our collective experiences with integrating hydrologic information into landslide forecasting models in different parts of the world, as well as ideas for future research needs and opportunities. 

As with all EGUsphere articles, the paper is fully open access and free to read. We hope you will find it interesting and perhaps it can facilitate further discussions within the LandAware community. The preprint is open for discussion through June 24, and we would value your input whether formally or informally. 


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New article on regional early warning for slushflows

News received from
Monica Sund (NVE, Norway)

A new article entitled “A regional early warning for slushflow hazard” was recently published in the Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Journal.

Slushflows are rapid mass movements of water-saturated snow. They release in gently sloping locations (<30°) and are hence not restricted to steep slopes. Slushflows are observed worldwide in areas with seasonal snow cover and pose a significant natural hazard in Norway. Hazard prediction and early warning are therefore crucial to prevent casualties and damage to infrastructure.

A regional early warning for slushflow hazard was established in Norway in 2013–2014 as the first of its kind in the world. It has been operational since then. Four main variables are central in the methodology used: ground conditions, snow properties, air temperature, and water supply to snow. Gridded forecasting model simulations in the decision-making tool Varsom Xgeo, real-time data from automatic stations, and field observations from the field are assessed. Based on data from historical slushflows, a water supply–snow depth by snow type ratio has been developed as an assessment tool. This approach can be implemented in other areas with slushflow hazard where the necessary input data are available.

Reference: Sund, M., Grønsten, H. A., and Seljesæter, S. Å.: A regional early warning for slushflow hazard, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1185–1201,, 2024.

LandAware network WG07 Operational LEWS

New webinar by NASA and Pacific Disaster Center on Landslide Hazard Awareness

The webinar Landslide Hazard Awareness – NASA and Pacific Disaster Center cooperation to support decision-making” is scheduled for April 11, 2024 in the following time slots:

1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m. (EST)
11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (Centro América)
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (CEST)

To join the webinar use the following link

Key objectives:
Present Research Findings and showcase the partnership between NASA and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) in leveraging advanced technologies and data to improve landslide hazard assessment and decision-making processes. Introduce participants to the various tools, platforms, and resources developed through the collaboration between NASA and the PDC, such as landslide risk maps, and decision support tools.

Expected outcomes:
At the end of the webinar, it is expected that participants will have gained a better understanding of the actions and strategies implemented by the organizations involved in the region and that concrete opportunities for future collaboration will have been identified. In addition, it seeks to foster a renewed commitment to risk reduction and resilience in Central America.

Expected audience:
The webinar is open to all LandAware associates in particular those from the LatinAmerica region or working with landslide early warning systems in the region. The webinar is aimed in particular at the network on landslides in Central America made up of experts from official institutions in Central American countries, such as INSIVUMEH of Guatemala, INETER of Nicaragua, SGR of Costa Rica, SINAPROC of Panama, COPECO of Honduras, and MARN of El Salvador.

Next steps – After the webinar:
A monitoring process will be carried out that will include preparing a report with the conclusions and recommendations that emerged during the event. In addition, the possibilities of establishing working groups or joint projects will be explored to advance risk reduction in the region.

Ricardo Quiroga: NASA Disasters Coordinator
Graziella Devoli: LandAware EC member/Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)

Thomas Stanley LinkedIn
Greg Hampe LinkedIn
Robert Emberson LinkedIn

Duration: 90 minutes


  1. Introduction. 10 min. Robert Emberson and Graziella Devoli
  2. LHASA Model features and evolution. 15 min. Thomas Stanley
  3. PDC Disaster Aware. 45 min. Greg Hampe
  4. Q&A. 20 min
News from members WG04 eLearning

A new addition to the “LEWS fact sheets” project: Alerta Rio

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

The “LEWS fact sheets” is an ongoing project of the eLearning Working Group, aiming to highlight, in a single page, the main characteristics of operational landslide early warning systems. Go to the dedicated web page ( to see the fact sheets produced and published so far.

The latest fact sheet produced and uploaded deals with “Alerta Rio” the municipal system operating in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), which has been operational since 1996. Enjoy learning how it works.

Note: 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? Do not hesitate to contact Michele Calvello or Anne Felsberg.

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New article on LEWS and new special issue on landslide research

NEWS received from
Davide Tiranti (Regional Agency for Environmental
Protection of Piemonte, Italy)

A new article entitled “Climate Change Impacts on Shallow Landslide Events and on the Performance of the Regional Shallow Landslide Early Warning System of Piemonte (Northwestern Italy)” was recently published in the GeoHazards journal.

Shallow landslides are responsible for more than 50% of causalities due to landslides in northwestern Italy in the last century. The aim of the research study presented here is focused on understanding if and how climate change influences the occurrence and behavior of this landslide type. A total of 120 widespread shallow landslide events have been analyzed from 1960 to 2019, taking into account the spatial and time distribution in association with related rainfall historical data elaborated by the Optimal Interpolation (OI) model. Results underline that shallow landslide events’ number (aggregated per five-year intervals) is characterized by a weak trend consisting of a slight increase in the Alps and a more pronounced decrease in the hilly and Apennines environments. In addition, the trend of the annual accumulated rainfall average shows a weak drop in the winter season of about 9 mm in ten years. Moreover, the rainy days have generally decreased over the hills and Apennines, while in the Alps, only in the summer season, with a decreasing rate of about 1.5 days every ten years. The rainfall trends are in accordance with those of shallow landslide events, pointing out the close and direct dependence of the shallow landslide events on the rainfall regime variations. The results obtained were also used to validate the robustness of the performance of the Regional Shallow Landslide Early Warning System adopted in Piemonte over the investigated period, confirming the effectiveness of the trigger thresholds used for the entire historical series and for different geographical areas.

Reference: Tiranti D., Ronchi C. (2023) Climate Change Impacts on Shallow Landslide Events and on the Performance of the Regional Shallow Landslide Early Warning System of Piemonte (Northwestern Italy). GeoHazards 2023, 4(4), 475-496;

A new Special Issue entitled “Landslide Research: State of the Art and Innovations” in the GeoHazards journal is currently open for contributions. The Special Issue is guest-edited by Davide Tiranti.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect and group together quality scientific papers on these research fields and derived practical/operational applications.
The topics related to the Special Issue therefore concern the innovative methodologies to achieve landslides identification, classification, characterization and hazard/risk evaluation through geomorphological field surveys and studies, remote sensing applications, GIS data mapping, processing and representation, the analysis of predisposing and triggering factors, landslide early warning systems implementation and the impact of current and future climate change scenarios on the evolution of these

News from members WG08 IoT-based methods and analyses

Lecture: “A fully operational IoT-based real-time slope stability analysis for unsaturated slope”

NEWS received from
Luca Piciullo (NGI, Norway)

The next International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) – TC220 Field Monitoring in Geomechanics series of international lectures will take place on Friday 26th of January 2024 at 11:00 CET. It will be given by Dr. Luca Piciullo, with a lecture on “A fully operational IoT-based real-time slope stability analysis for an unsaturated slope in Norway”. This is the fifth in this very successful series of lectures.

The lecture will be introduced by Dr. Neelima Satyam.

To join the lecture, please use the following link: or scan the QR code.

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EGU24 session on LEWS Call-for-abstracts

NEWS received from
Luca Piciullo (NGI, Norway)

The call-for-abstracts of EGU General Assembly 2024 is open!
#EGU24 will be held in Vienna, Austria, and online on 14-19 April 2024.
Don’t miss the chance to submit an abstract to our session entitled Towards innovative Landslide monitoring, modelling, and Early Warning Systems!

Contributions addressing the following topics are welcome:
– conventional and innovative slope-scale monitoring systems for early warning purposes
– conventional and innovative regional prediction tools for warning purposes
– innovative on-site instruments and/or remote sensing devices implemented in LEWS
– warning models for warning/alert issuing
– operational applications and performance analyses of LEWS
– communication strategies
– emergency phase management

The abstract submission deadline is 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET.

More info at:

Luca Piciullo,
Tina Peternel,
Stefano Luigi Gariano,
Neelima Satyam,
Samuele Segoni

LandAware network News from members

Research grant available at CNR-IRPI, Perugia, Italy

NEWS received from
Stefano Luigi Gariano (CNR-IRPI, Italy)

A new research grant is available at CNR-IRPI, Perugia, Italy.

The topic of the grant (on which the evaluation of qualifications and the interview will be based) is “Analysis of rainfall and geomorphological data and development of prediction models for rainfall-induced landslide triggering at a territorial scale“. The research grant is part of the project “Prediction of Rainfall-INduced landslides – Improving multi-scale TerritoriAL Early warning through aRTificial intelligence (PRIN-ITALERT)” funded by EU-NextGenerationEU.

Deadline for applications: 28 December 2023

The selection will be made by evaluation of qualifications and interview.

More information (in Italian and English) on the application and selection procedure can be found at:

The PRIN-ITALERT project (Prediction of Rainfall-INduced landslides – Improving multi-scale TerritoriAL Early warning through aRTificial intelligence) aims at improving the operational prediction of rainfall-induced landslides over large areas taking advantage of both rainfall thresholds defined using satellite-based rainfall products and innovative approaches based on artificial intelligence algorithms, in particular, Random Forest and Artificial Neural Networks.
Other information about the project here:

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Seminar: Insights from the Brienz/Brinzauls landslide (Switzerland)

Seminar by Simon Löw (ETH Zurich) and Andreas Huwiler (Canton of Grisons)

A seminar by Simon Löw (ETH Zurich) and Andreas Huwiler (Canton of Grisons), experts of the crisis management team, will be held online on Thursday, 18 January, 2024, 3:30 to 4:30 pm CET

The massive landslide above Brienz/Brinzauls (Eastern Switzerland) was one of the most highly regarded events in the Alps in 2023. An entire village had to be evacuated and there was great uncertainty as to how far the released mass would run out. In this LandAware seminar, two experts from the operational crisis management will tell us how they experienced the situation before and during the event and what lessons they learned from it.

The Brienz/Brinzauls landslide. Photo by Christoph Nänni

Simon Löw (ETH Zurich) will explain the hazard scenarios, the expected and observed long-term displacement evolution, the early warning criteria and evacuation phases, and finally the collapse processes.

Andreas Huwyler (Canton of Grisons) will answer questions regarding the communication with the local people who were evacuated one month before the event and with the media.

There will also be time for questions and discussion.

Welcome to save the date and spread the word.

Zoom link:

News from members

Ethical Science, Equitable and Inclusive Communities

Martha Navarro Collado Memorial Discussions

NEWS received from
Graziella Devoli (NVE, Norway)

Scientists should have an obligation to make their work useful to society. To fulfill this they need to be engaged with society, including people in their science, right from the concept stages – to the final results, and to ensure that their work comes back into the communities impacted by their work.

UNESCO International Geosciences Projects 692 ‘Geoheritage for Resilience’ ( and partners are initiating a discussion on this to cover three important aspects of scientists in society. One, the relationship between scientists from the global north and those from the global south (the latter have the money but are far removed from their impacted communities, the latter are closer but have less). Two, the relationship between local scientists and their local communities, and how to best respect the needs of both, and integrate them. Three, is it possible to draft a charter to set out the behavior that communities and southern scientists could expect northern scientists to uphold? This latter follows initiatives for ethical Science, like the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI).

These topics will be discussed in person at a session at the Cities on Volcanoes Conference, in Antigua Guatemala (11 – 17 February 2024).

Preparatory discussion will be held, starting on the 28th November 4PM CET (Spanish Language session), with an on-line discussion. Or on 29th November 7 AM CET (English Language Session).

Please join us by registering at (Spanish Language session) or by registering at (English Language Session) or both!

This session is a Memorial for Martha Navarro Collado, who died in 24th December 2022, and whose life’s work was an embodiment of how support at risk communities, equitable science in Nicaragua. Martha’s life is also an example of the struggle of a woman scientist from a southern (in development) country. She never hesitated to speak her mind forcibly and was very much our conscience in fair engagement across the north – south divide and between scientists and communities.

Organisors: Eveling Espinoza Jaime (Istituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales, Nicaragua), Nelida Manrique (Instituto Geológico, Minero y Metalúrgico, Peru), Mariana Patricia Jácome (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico), Julie Morin (University of Cambridge, UK), Benjamin van Wyk de Vries (Université Clermont Auvergne, France).