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The European Landslide Expert Group was created by the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the JRC in 2007 to carry out collaborative research in support of European Union soil policy making concerning landslides.


Members

Activities

The European Landslide Expert Group has produced guidelines for delineating areas at risk of landslides in Europe using harmonised approaches and common thematic datasets, as suggested by the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the related Proposal for a Soil Framework Directive . Such approaches initially focus on landslide susceptibility mapping and are based on Tiers. These consist of hierarchically-ordered, geographically-nested approaches whereby areas identified as of high susceptibility to landslides in the initial, synoptic-scale Tier (Tier 1) are subsequently evaluated and mapped at higher resolution in successive Tiers.

The Group has additionally developed models for landslide susceptibility assessment at European scale (Tier 1) and national scales (Tier 1 and 2) using available landslide conditioning factor datasets and landslide inventory data. As a result, landslide susceptibility maps have been produced for Italy and France, as well as a first version of the European Landslide Susceptibility Map (ELSUS1000), released on 15 February 2013 (see also publications below).

Current work focuses on (1) improving the accuracy of the landslide susceptibility maps by further developing the models, while integrating newly available data on landslide conditioning factors and landslide inventories, and (2) assessing landslide susceptibility separately for major types of landslides at pan-European scale and at national scale in selected countries, in collaboration with other members of the European Centre on Geomorphological Hazards (CERG).

Data

To get access to the European Landslide Susceptibility Map (ELSUS1000) v1, including metadata and ancillary spatial datasets, please compile the online form; instructions on how to download the data will then follow.

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Publications

Meetings

A number of meetings and hands-on workshops have been held in Ispra, Hannover, Vienna and Berlin, including two plenary meetings.

1st Plenary Meeting

On 23-24 October 2007 a meeting on Guidelines for Mapping Areas at Risk of Landslides in Europe was held at JRC, Ispra, in support of the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the related Proposal for a Soil Framework Directive, with main focus on the task of “identification of areas at risk of landslides” in EU Member States. See the Agenda and the List of Participants.


23/10/2007

Presentation Title Speaker
The EU Soil Thematic Strategy and the Proposal for a Soil Framework Directive L. Montanarella (JRC, Ispra)
Pan-European soil databases of possible interest to landslide mapping P. Panagos (JRC, Ispra)
Main issues concerning landslide mapping harmonization in EU Member States. The JRC way forward J. Hervas (JRC, Ispra)
Landslide susceptibility, hazard & risk GIS mapping in the Betic Cordillera (Spain): areas with limited information about triggering factors J. Chacón (University of Granada)
Landslide susceptibility and hazard mapping in high mountain regions. Application in the Italian Alps A. Pasuto and F. Tagliavini (CNR-IRPI, Padua)
Landslide risk zoning - what can be expected from model simulations? A tentative application in the South French Alps J.-P. Malet (CNRS, Strasbourg)
BGS landslide data and mapping in Britain P. Hobbs (BGS, Nottingham)
The IFFI Project (Italian Landslide Inventory): methodology and results A. Trigila and L. Guerrieri (APAT, Rome)
IGME landslide database and a review of hazard zonation in Greece E. Poyiadji (IGME, Athens)
Criteria for identification of European risk areas according to Landslides: the Tier 1 approach A. Günther (BGR, Hannover) and P. Reichenbach (CNR-IRPI, Perugia)
Criteria for identification of European risk areas according to Landslides: the Tier 2 approach P. Reichenbach (CNR-IRPI, Perugia) and A. Günther (BGR, Hannover)

24/10/2007

Presentation Title Speaker
Pan-European flood hazard and risk mapping under current climate and climate change: first experiences and challenges A. de Roo (JRC, Ispra)

All the presentations may be downloaded here

2nd Plenary Meeting

On 26-27 May 2010 a meeting on Harmonised Landslide Susceptibility Mapping for Europe was held at JRC, Ispra, in support of the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the associated Proposal for a Soil Framework Directive, with main focus on the task "identification of areas at risk of landslides" in EU Member States.


26/05/2010

Presentation Title Speaker
Overview of activities of the JRC landslide expert group and objectives of the meeting J. Hervás (JRC, Ispra)
Landslide susceptibility assessment over Europe according to the Tier 1 approach: Experiment and perspectives A. Günther ((BGR, Hannover)
Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France J.-P. Malet (CNRS, Strasbourg)
Landslide susceptibility assessment at national level according to the Tier 2 approach: The example of Italy P. Reichenbach (CNR-IRPI, Perugia)
Other initiatives regarding landslide susceptibility and hazard mapping at continental and global scales and data availability M. Van Den Eeckhaut (JRC, Ispra)
Landslide susceptibility mapping - The GB perspective C. Foster (BGS, Nottingham)
IFFI landslide inventory and susceptibility map at national scale A. Trigila (ISPRA, Rome)
A new landslide inventory database in Granada (South Spain) J. Chacón (University of Granada)
A quick glance to some of the recent activities related to hydro-geological hazard/susceptibility mapping A. Pasuto and S. Trevisani (CNR-IRPI, Padua)

Main terms of reference

1. Objectives

2. Membership and operation

3. JRC support to the Group operation

In order for the Expert Group to meet its objectives, the JRC will:

Contact Point

Javier Hervas,
Tel: +39 0332 785229; Fax: +39 0332 786394, E-mail: javier.hervas@jrc.ec.europa.eu


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