Shallow Landslide Vulnerability Assessment

Supporting the development of disaster resilient communities in Viet-Nam

Overall objectives of the project
The overall objective of this project is to enhance the capacity of developing communities resilient to shallow landslide disaster. To pursue this objective this project conduct research on the capabilities of mathematical models to estimate where shallow landslides may occur and what area is involved. In particular this project is going to couple TRIGRS and DFWALK, two widely used models respectively capable to estimate instabilities areas and run-off extents, in a geographical framework capable to produce “real time” maps that can be disseminated trough the Internet and that represent the areas likely exposed to risk. This result can support the realization of early warning systems, capable to timely inform government, agencies and population of risks in order to take appropriate measures and limit the loss of lives and damages.

Relevance for research and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs UN declaration)

With reference to the UN Millennium Development Goals, the topic of this project is closely related to the target 7.A: “Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources”. This project is also in fully agreement with the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) of the UN which, as outlined in the Road map towards the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration (Secretary-General Report to GA A/56/326), included:
  • developing early warning systems, vulnerability mapping, technological transfer and training;
  • supporting interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships, improved scientific research on the causes of natural disasters and better international cooperation to reduce the impact of climate variables, such as El Niño and La Niña;
  • encouraging governments to address the problems created by megacities, the location of settlements in high-risk areas and other manmade determinants of disasters;
  • encouraging governments to incorporate disaster risk reduction into national planning processes, including building codes.