Partnerships for Reducing Landslide Risk: Assessment of the National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy

landslideLandslides occur in all geographic regions of the nation in response to a wide range of conditions and triggering processes that include storms, earthquakes, and human activities. Landslides in the United States result in an estimated average of 25 to 50 deaths annually and cost $1 to 3 billion per year. In addition to direct losses, landslides also cause significant environmental damage and societal disruption. This report reviews the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy, which was created in response to a congressional directive for a national approach to reducing losses from landslides. Components of the strategy include basic research activities, improved public policy measures, and enhanced mitigation of landslides. The NRC report commends the USGS for creating a national approach based on partnerships with federal, state, local, and non-governmental entities, and finds that the plan components are the essential elements of a national strategy. The report recommends that the plan should promote the use of risk analysis techniques, and should play a vital role in evaluating methods, setting standards, and advancing procedures and guidelines for landslide hazard maps and assessments. The NRC panel suggests that substantially increased funding will be required to implement a national landslide mitigation program, and that as part of a 10-year program the funding mix should transition from research and guideline development to partnership-based implementation of loss reduction measures. (Amazon.com)

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Front Matter i-xii
Executive Summary 1-5
1 Introduction 6-25
2 Research Priorities in Landslide Science 26-30
3 Landslide Mapping and Monitoring 31-50
4 Landslide Loss and Risk Assessment 51-59
5 Loss Reduction Strategies 60-72
6 Public Awareness, Education, and Capacity Building 73-80
7 A National Partnership Plan–Roles, Responsibilities, and Coordination 81-97
8 Funding Priorities for a National Program–Realizing the Vision 98-102
9 Conclusions and Recommendations 103-106
References 107-114
Appendix A: Case Studies–A Widespread Problem 115-126
Appendix B: Committee Biographies 127-129
Appendix C: Acronyms 130-131

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