The impacts of landslides on global society: planning for change

Moore, Roger and McInnes, Robin (2016) The impacts of landslides on global society: planning for change. The 12th International Symposium on Landslides, Napoli, Italy, 12-19 June 2016. Published in: Aversa, Stefano, Cascini, Leonardo, Picarelli, Luciano and Scavia, Claudio, (eds.) Landslides and engineered slopes: experience, theory and practice. Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Landslides, Napoli, Italy, 12-19 June 2016. 3 1461-1468. CRC Press ISBN 9781138029910

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Abstract

The widely held view amongst professionals is that ground instability and landslide risks are likely to increase as a result of climate change (e.g. rainfall intensity, rainfall total, increased seasonality) as well as a result of population growth and human activity. It will become harder to find solutions that are tech-nically achievable, sustainable and affordable. As populations grow and infrastructure becomes more concen-trated the impacts of ground instability and landslides on economies and populations will be magnified. Alt-hough more fatalities occur in less developed, mountainous countries that experience high rainfall, fatalities and major infrastructure damage are likely to increase across Europe, the USA and Hong Kong, amongst oth-er developed countries. A better understanding of the risks and use of knowledge to inform the planning pro-cess, together with better public information and engagement approaches by regional and local government will help to reduce the increasing human and economic costs associated with ground instability and land-slides. The paper presents a global perspective of the nature, scale and impact of landslides on global society in the context of climate change. It also looks at the role of the United Nations supporting landslide risk re-duction and planning for change in landslide-prone areas.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2016 15:07
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65852

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