LANDSLIP news

2020

February 2020: LANDSLIP annual meeting

Over thirty members of the consortium met at the TERI retreat near Delhi for our LANDSLIP annual meeting.

In February 2020, over thirty members of the consortium met at the TERI retreat near Delhi for our LANDSLIP annual meeting. Consortium members reflected on the progress and achievements since the beginning of the project and mapped out our remaining ambitions and outputs. Legacy beyond the end of the project was the main focus of the workshop.

2019

10 December 2019: LANDSLIP meeting with the District Collector, The Nilgiris

LANDSLIP team with Ms J. Innocent Divya, District Collector, The Nilgiris.

LANDSLIP consortium members from King’s College London, British Geological Survey, Geological Survey of India, Practical Action (India) along with their local partners the Keystone Foundation met with Ms. J. Innocent Divya, District Collector and Ms. Geetha Priya her Personal Assistant (General). Purpose of this meeting was to a) update the District Collector about LANDSLIP’s progress; b) share landslide data requirements for evaluation of the model and c) outline project’s planned interaction with her office in the coming year. This meeting lasted for approximately an hour. Ms. Divya promised her complete support in data collection process and in helping organise meetings with the district and sub-district disaster management officials in 2020.

December 2019: Other meetings and field visit in December 2019

LANDSLIP team separately met with Ms. Geetha Priya (Personal Assistant to the District Collector and contact person for LANDSLIP project in the Nilgiris). In this meeting LANDSLIP team once again updated her about the progress of the work and shared the specific data requirements to evaluate the model in the coming monsoon season. She ensured her complete support in the data collection process. A subset of LANDSLIP team also met with Mr. Ranjeet Singh, Sub-Collector Coonoor and Mr. Kupuraj, Tehsildar Coonoor on 10th December and Ms. Mohana, Tehsildar Kotagiri on 12th December. Mr. Ranjeet Singh emphasised on the need for community engagement to further strengthen the usability of the landslide forecast. Mr. Kuppraj and Ms Mohana promised their full support in the data collection process during the 2020 monsoon. On 10th December LANDSLIP team lead by the GSI partners visited some of the 2019 monsoon landslide sites.

Kundah Bridge rockslide area.
Emerald town landslide.

Another landslide close to Emerald town.
Discussions during the field visit.

December 2019: LANDSLIP internal discussions about landside App at Keystone foundation on 11th December 2019

On 11th December 2019 LANDSLIP team members from Kings College London, Geological Survey of India and Amrita university held a day long discussion on the progress of landslide app being developed by Amrita university at Keystone foundation. The App is aimed to help GSI in the data collection process by crowd sourcing information from local community and government officials.

LANDSLIP team testing the App.
Discussing features of the App.

November 2019: LANDSLIP Working meeting at Geological Survey of India: 25th – 29th November 2019

LANDSLIP Consortium members from the British Geological Survey (BGS), Kings College London (KCL), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Practical Action-UK (PAc-UK), Practical Action-India (PAc-I) and the UK Met Office (UKMO) received a very warm welcome by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) at the end of November as they met in Kolkata for a week of focussed discussions. The aim of the visit was to review aspects of the prototype landslide early warning system built to date so that information gaps were identified and an operating protocol established for future testing. The project and recent progress was presented to the Director General of GSI, Dr S. N Meshram and several senior GSI officials, including Dr R S Garkhal, Dr K. Jayabalan, Dr S. Raju, at the meeting’s inauguration ceremony. Significant progress was made during the week, with discussions and actions focussing around data collection, formulation and content of a prototype landslide bulletin and how LANDSLIP ensures a legacy.

Meeting Inauguration with senior officials at GSI.
Members of LANDSLIP consortium at GSI’s Office in Kolkata.

Discussing the content of the bulletin at GSI’s Office in Kolkata.
Meeting Inauguration with senior officials at GSI.

November 2019: LANDSLIP meeting with District Magistrate Office, Darjeeling 29th November 2019

A sub-set of LANDSLIP Consortium members from the British Geological Survey (BGS), Kings College London (KCL), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and Practical Action-India (PAc-I) returned to Darjeeling on the 29th November to meet with the District Magistrate’s Office and Officials and Darjeeling’s District, Block and Taluk level disaster management officials. During the visit, LANDSLIP presented an overview of LANSLIP’s progress to date including interactions with the local officials and the prototype bulletin and its limitations. Future engagements with the district authorities and LANDSLIP were discussed, especially regarding how their relationship with GSI would develop as the prototype landslide early warning system moved into an experimental stage.

LANDSLIP consortium members with the Assistant District magistrate outside the DM Office, Darjeeling.
Meeting with Officials at the District magistrates Office in Darjeeling.

November 2019: LANDSLIP meeting with Save The Hills, Darjeeling 29th November 2019

LANDSLIP team Save the Hills group.

A sub-set of LANDSLIP Consortium members from the British Geological Survey (BGS), Kings College London (KCL), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and Practical Action-India (PAc-I) met with Save The Hills, an NGO based in Darjeeling working with PAC India and provide local support to the LANDSLIP project. Discussions focussed around how they could help support LANDSLIP capture landslide information. Widespread information about all landslides, regardless of whether there has been an impact, captured with date/time and location of occurrence is fundamental to the development of robust scientific models and the team discussed how thus this data and information capture could be done in a safe and a systematic way and as part of LANDSLIP’s legacy. The meeting in Darjeeling provided a good foundation for continued discussions over the coming months.

September 2019: SHEAR Annual meeting 10/11th September 2019 - Kings College London

Emma Bee (second from right) representing LANDSLIP at the SHEAR annual meeting in London 2019.

On the 10th and 11th of September 2019 the different SHEAR projects came together and shared learning to support each other's work and the programme's goals. The conference focused on the theme of progress towards impact-based forecasting of hazards, and thinking about how to get the right information to the right people in the right ways. Over the course of two days, a variety of plenary sessions, panel discussions and breakout sessions, explored key topics relating to advances in forecasting, and applications for effective early action.

July 2019: Publication about weather pattern definitions for India

The set of 30 weather patterns developed for India.

Colelagues from the MetOffice published a paper about "Deriving optimal weather pattern definitions for the representation of precipitation variability over India".

This study utilizes cluster analysis to produce sets of weather patterns for the Indian subcontinent. These patterns have been developed with future applications in mind; specifically relating to the occurrence of high‐impact weather and meteorologically induced hazards such as landslides. The weather patterns are also suited for use within probabilistic medium‐ to long‐range weather pattern forecasting tools driven by ensemble prediction systems.

This work was carried out as part of the LANDSLIP project. This work and some of its contributors (Robert Neal, Joanne Robbins and Rutger Dankers) were also supported by the Met Office Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) India Programme as part of the Newton‐Bhabha Fund.

June 2019: 5th visit from GSI colleagues to Italy and the UK

Discussions about weather patterns and short-term landslide forecasting at the CNR office in Italy during the 5th visit of GSI colelagues.

In June 2019 the 5th workshop and training session took place again at the BGS headquarter in Keyworth and the CNR office in Italy. Colelagues from India joined this workshops and meetings. Main topics discussed:

  • 3D visionary training
  • Landslide bulletins and development of a guideline (SOP) for bulletin generation
  • Weather regimes
  • landslide modelling review, landslide susceptibility, landslide thresholds and forecasting
  • short-term landslide forecasting
  • GSI reflections on previous works

January – February 2019: 4th visit from GSI colleagues to Italy

Discussions between colleagues from GSI and CNR during the GSI vsist in Italy in January and February 2019.

Again four colelagues from the Indian geologcial Survey (GSI) joined meetings and trainings sessions at the CNR office in Italy. Colleagues from BGS and from MetOffice joined several discussions in Italy. This time the discussion focused on:

  • Weather regimes, landslide susceptibility, landslide thresholds and forecasting, institutional mapping
  • Weather regimes
  • Updates on landslide modelling, landslide susceptibility, landslide thresholds and forecasting
  • short-term landslide forecasting review
  • GSI reflections on previous works
  • Bulletin discussions

2018

June – July 2018: 3rd visit from GSI colleagues to the UK and Italy

From June to July 2018 several workshops and training sessions toke place in the Uk at the BGS Headquarter in Keyworth, the MetOffice in Exeter and at the CNR office in Perugia,Italy. 4 colleagues from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) joined these discussions. Main topics discussed during this vist were:

  • 3D visionary training
  • Basic R training
  • Remote sensing training
  • Fieldwork (usage of SIGMA in the field)
  • Weather regimes and weather patterns
  • Landslide susceptibility and statistical models
  • Landslide forecasting and thresholds

April 2018: SHEAR EGU meeting

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience homepage

On the 11th of April a SHEAR meeting took place at the EGU conference in Vienna. The LANDSLIP project was introduced by partners from the MetOffice, BGS and Pratical Action UK.

Aim of this meeting was to identify areas of overlapping interest in the different projects. The meeting was organized from the SHEAR Knowledge Broker team.

March 2018: Workpackage 5 meeting in India

WP 5 meeting in India in March 2018

From the 08/03/2018 to the 09/03/2018 consortium partners from Amrita University, Newcastle University, KCL, BGS met in India to discuss LANDSLIP_NERC WP5B social media research, results, ontology and usability of social media for landslide early warning systems.

February 2018: Presentation of the LANDSLIP project at the
AOGS–EGU Joint conference in the Philippines

Presentations from Prof. Bruce Malamud and Dr. Alessandro Mondini at the AOGS-EGU Join Conference

From the 04/02/2018 until the 08/02/2018 the international AOGS–EGU Joint conference took place in the Philippines with the aim to discuss current advances in knowledge and new perspectives relevant to natural hazards in the Asian region

Professor Bruce Malamud from KCL and Dr Alessandro Mondini from CNR talked about the LANDSLIP project in their presentations at this conference.

The titles of their presentations were:

  • Multi–hazard interactions involving landslides in India
  • Spatial Autocorrelation Changes in Multitemporal SAR Images for Automatic Event Landslides Detection, the LANDSLIP project

Prof. Bruce Malamud was also chairman of the session Natural hazard communications, warning systems and monitoring, while Dr Alessandro Mondini was one of the chairpersons in the session Transient and long–term effects of catastrophic perturbations.

January – February 2018: 2nd visit from colleagues the Geological Survey
of India to BGS Keyworth in the UK and CNR in Italy

Discussions and training sessions at CNR in Italy during the second visit of GSI

From the 16th of January until the 21th of February, colleagues from the Indian Geological Survey came again to Europe. This time Meetings and discussion but also some training sessions were done in the UK at the BGS but also in Perugia in Italy at CNR. Main topics were the discussions about data and data quality, evaluation of landslide dynamics and threshold development for Nilgiris and Darjeeling, Multi-temp landslide database, optimising slope unit partition for landslide susceptibility, estimate of landslide hazard and EWS and discussions about landslide units and domains. Training session were done around landslide mapping, empirical rainfall threshold definitions for landslides, statistical data analysis and susceptibility model evaluation.

2017

December 2017: second annual partners project meeting for
LANDSLIP and stakeholder workshop

Stakeholder workshop in Nilgiris, December 2017

From 11–15 December 2017 the project partners met in Coimbatore (India) to discuss progress and further activities. A one–day field visit to some landslides in Nilgiris was done.

Furthermore, a stakeholder meeting was organised for the last part of the visit.

The Regional Stakeholder Workshop of LANDSLIP was organised at Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri on 14th December, 2017.

The objectives of this LANDSLIP regional workshop were:

  • To apprise the regional/local stakeholders of the LANDSLIP project, its various elements and approaches, together with the progress achieved so far
  • To obtain feedback, suggestions and perspectives of the regional/stakeholders on the strategies, approaches and activities of the project
  • To enable articulation of the stakeholders of their needs, demands and expectations from LANDSLIP keeping in view the evolving context and the disaster situation in the Nilgiris

Participants of this workshop were from different Indian departments, agencies, Institutes and organisations. It was a very helpful and interesting discussion that with a lot of important insight and information about the Nilgiris region that will help to advance the research work of this project.

October 2017: visit from the Geological Survey of India to BGS Keyworth

Colleagues from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) visiting the BGS

From 02 October until 03 November 2017 four colleagues from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) visited the BGS dead office in Keyworth (UK). The main purpose was to enable a two-way flow of data, information and knowledge to enable collaborative research in the fields of earth sciences, mineral prospecting and disaster management.

During this visit the colleagues from GSI got an overview of the work and research of the BGS. This included also some training sessions and a one-week field trip to Scotland. During different presentations and discussions, the Indian representatives reported on their landslide work in Darjeeling and Nilgiris. Existing landslide susceptibility maps and procedures were presented and discussed.

October 2017: NERC SHEAR LANDSLIP WP3/4 meeting

WP 3 and 4 team meeting

From 19–20 October 2017 members from the work packages 3 and 4 met at the BGS in Keyworth and discussed the current state of work and research. Main focuses were existing data and GIS-files for the two study areas, forecasting methodologies, and weather regimes. Different methodologies about landslide susceptibility and early warning from GSI India, BGS and CNR were discussed.

Further steps and works were discussed and different activities were planned.

January 2017: kick-off meeting in India

LANDSLIP kick-off meeting consortium members

From 09–25 January 2017, 31 LANDSLIP investigators from nine organisations in India, UK and Italy met in India to discuss the base elements for the project and other project planning activities, including presentations from all work packages.

In addition to the consortium meeting, stakeholder meetings and workshops were held Nilgiris, New Delhi and Darjeeling. Stakeholder and end-user relevant information and needs were discussed.

One field trip to the Darjeeling area and one to Nilgiris were undertaken, and helped the European project partners to gain insight into these two landslide areas.

Discussions at the kick-off meeting
Partners during the field trip in Darjeeling