About the book
Landslide, a natural event, is one of the most destructive natural hazards which causes significant threats to lives, properties, and natural environments throughout the world in mountainous regions. Landslide includes five modes of slope movement or failure: falls, topples, slides, spreads, and flows. While natural forces cause landslides, human-induced changes in the environment caused many landslide disasters. Although the causes of landslides are wide-ranging, natural causes such as climate change, earthquakes, erosion, volcanoes, and anthropogenic causes such as mining and clear cutting are most common. It is important to have some robust methods and technologies to identify and predict potential landslide hazards to eliminate the disaster threat or reduce its impact to save lives and properties. In recent years, numerous researchers have studied landslide prediction, monitoring, early warning, hazard analysis and risk assessment using geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and geographical information system (GIS). In addition, landslide monitoring, landslide susceptibility mapping, quantitative assessment of landslide hazard, identifying potential landslide hazards are the most widely used methods to conduct landslide studies. Although several methods and technologies have been used and tested to study landslides using GIS and remote sensing data, in-situ data alone or in combination, still in-depth analysis and advanced, robust technologies are needed to understand the landslide disaster. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in landslide disasters, featuring an easy-to-follow, vignette-based format that focuses on the most important evidence-based developments in this critically important area.