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  Information - NH3.10 Estimating landslide hazards and risk (co-listed in GM)

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Landslides cause disasters resulting in deaths, injuries and homelessness every year. They affect communities, roads and other infrastructure and constitute a major problem in many developed and developing countries. Despite the large impact of mass movements on the natural and human environments, little is known of the actual extent of landslide risk in many countries. Increasing development results in an amplification of landslide risk. Climate change has locally increased the intensity of rainfall, raising the frequency of fast moving, shallow landslides. The population growth and the expansion of settlements and lifelines into potentially hazardous areas are increasing the potential impact of landslides. To reduce potential damage caused by landslides, one management option is the development and utilization of monitoring and warning systems. These systems should be combined with regulations aimed at minimizing the loss of lives and property damage without investing in long-term, costly projects of ground stabilization. The session is aimed at comparing qualitative or quantitative risk estimates in different areas based on different scales. Since it is necessary to assess landslide hazard before evaluating landslide risk, contributions dealing with landslide mapping and landslide hazard assessment are welcomed. Presentations on landslide hazard and risk assessment at local, regional or national scale and in different physiographic, climatic and geological settings are solicited. Contributions dealing with heuristic, statistical, deterministic or physical based methods and models to evaluate and compare landslide hazards and risk are strongly encouraged. Papers dealing with the frequency-magnitude statistics of landslides and of landslide risk are encouraged. The sessionís aim is to provide a recent state-of-the-art overview on landslide hazards and risk assessment studies. Following what has become an EGS/EGU tradition, we look forward to collect in a book or a special issue of an international, peer reviewed journal the best papers presented at the conference as posters or oral communications.

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