LANDSLIP project challenges

LANDSLIP overall aim

Zeema Lachen Thangu Road, North Sikkim

LANDSLIP aims to contribute to better landslide multi-hazard risk assessment, early landslide warning and working with communities for better preparedness, for hydrologically controlled landslides and related hazards, on a regional to catchment spatial scale and a seasonal to daily temporal scale in India.

The LANDSLIP main scientific objectives include:

  • enhancement of landslide-related multi-hazard risk assessment and monitoring in India in two main study region, Nilgiris and Darjeeling/East Sikkim, focusing on weather regimes, landslide domains and thresholds, societal factors and the interaction of 'cascading' hazards
  • exploration of the replicability of methodologies developed for other landslide-prone regions such as Uttarakhand
  • strengthening the understanding of the underlying drivers of risk toward more integrated, multi-hazard landslide risk monitoring and warning systems
  • getting the right landslide information to the right people in the right ways (e.g. early-warning systems, mobile networks, web-based gathering and dissemination of information to national/regional/local stakeholders including the public) including research to enhance the uptake and use of risk information in practice
  • dissemination of LANDSLIP project knowledge to the broader South Asia region (particularly India and Afghanistan), along with capacity building to ensure LANDSLIP's lasting legacy

Cross-cutting objectives

14 mile landslide NH 55, Darjeeling

LANDSLIP has broader cross-cutting objectives in addition to objectives and research questions above.

  • Identification of strengths and weaknesses in integrated physical and social science knowledge chains that occur in two landslide-vulnerable regions of India, with the aim of ultimately reducing risks, thus promoting economic development/welfare in the regions.
  • Linking natural and social sciences in a multidisciplinary approach that includes participatory stakeholder perspectives for co-produced research. This brings empirical and conceptual contributions across the sciences in India and LANDSLIP into dialogue with stakeholder needs and viewpoints.
  • Development of methodologies and intellectual output that are not only of benefit to India, but also contribute to UK-relevant understanding and, through our existing consortium's representations, communicate that understanding to international organisations such as Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR).
  • Promoting the training of UK, Italian and Indian early researchers, through taking on young staff members and hiring staff, but also via over 20 research visitors (1–3 months each) of Indian early/senior researchers at UK/Italian partner institutions.
  • Sharing knowledge and information through dissemination with other SHEAR-funded projects through mechanisms of integration that we have built into the funding.