This LAMPRE Google Earth landslide practical is intended for public use, with little or no technical experience in landslides or Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This LAMPRE practical uses the tools available on Google Earth (which can be downloaded from 'Google Earth') and focuses on landslide identification and analysis. The practical discusses the steps you can take to identify and delineate landslide boundaries and assess landslides' extent and slope.

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An Event Landslide Inventory Map (ELIM) shows the location and extent of landslides caused by a specific natural trigger, such as an intense rainfall event, a period of prolonged rainfall, a rapid snowmelt event, or an earthquake. LAMPRE has advanced methods and tools to prepare ELIMs exploiting high and very-high resolution optical satellite images.

The methods and tools developed by LAMPRE allow preparation of an ELIM anywhere recent landslides have left discernible signs captured in the optical satellite images. The methods and tools work best in vegetated terrain where the event landslides have removed the vegetation, and are applicable in areas ranging from a few to a few hundred square kilometres.

LAMPRE can prepare an ELIM within hours to days after a landslide triggering event, provided adequate satellite imagery is taken shortly after the event.

Civil Protection authorities use ELIMs in the aftermath of an event for improved rescue and recovery operation. 
Planning & development authorities use ELIMs to identify areas recently affected by landslides, and avoid dangerous areas.
Transportation authorities & utility managers use ELIMs to evaluate the impact of landslides on transportation or utility network.
Agricultural & forest agencies use ELIMs to assess the impact of landslides on crops and forests.
Scientists use ELIMs to prepare multi-temporal inventories useful for erosional studies, and to determine the statistics of landslide areas.

LAMPRE prepares ELIMs at scales ranging from 1:25,000 (smaller scale) to 1:5000 (larger scale) in periods ranging from hours to days after the delivery of the high resolution (HR) and very-high resolution (VHR) optical satellite images. LAMPRE uses pre- and/or post-event satellite images, and delivers ELIMs in raster and vector formats.

Key References
Guzzetti et al. (2012) doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.02.001
Mondini et al. (2013) doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.06.015
Mondini et al. (2014) doi: 10.5194/nhess-14-1749-2014


30 October 2014, Genoa. Fausto Guzzetti (CNR-IRPI) talked about "European satellite data and technology to help detect, map and monitor landslides", presenting the results of the two FP7-Space projects LAMPRE and DORIS at the European Space Expo.

vernazza6-7-8 October 2014, Genova, Italy - The second Exploitation workshop of LAMPRE engaged in Genoa, project partners and members of the Stakeholder and User Group to discuss the progress of the project from the perspective of strategic exploitation and sustainabilty of the project outcomes.

LogoIAEG10015-19 September 2014, Torino, Italy – Lampre latest advancements were presented by different project partners at the IAEG XII Engineering Geology International Congress.

GRF logo 140 10024 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland - LAMPRE communication strategy presented at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos.   
The aim of IDRC 2014 is to find solutions to planet’s challenges by managing risks, reducing disasters and adapting to climate change while adopting an integrated risk management approach. 

NHESSD Rapid mapping of event landslides the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslideJuly 2014 - The scientific article "Rapid mapping of event landslides: the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslide (Italy)" by A. Manconi et al " was published in July edition of NHESS. The manuscript deals with a recent event occurred in southern Italy, the Montescaglioso landslide.

Escazu landslides inventory DEMThe study area is located in the Cerros de Escazú, province of San José, which is a mountain range in central Costa Rica located southwest of the city of San Jose. The climate is predominantly tropical and rainfall occurs mostly from May to November; abrupt changes between sunny and rainy weather are common. It borders the Central Valley to the south, and along with the Cedral massif forms the Fila de la Candelaria, which is considered the northernmost part of the Cordillera de Talamanca.

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Fausto Guzzetti 
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica

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GA n°: 312384
Project type: Small collaborative project
Start date: 01/03/2013
Duration: 24 months
Total budget: 2,488 mln. €
EC funding: 1,964 mln. €
Total effort in person-month: 284
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº 312384. LAMPRE is managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA)

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