Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 1219–1228 | Cite as

A Real-time monitoring and early warning system for landslides in Southwest China

  • Neng-pan Ju
  • Jian HuangEmail author
  • Run-qiu Huang
  • Chao-yang He
  • Yan-rong Li


Landslides not only cause property losses, but also kill and injure large numbers of people every year in the mountainous areas. These losses and casualties may be avoided to some extent by early warning systems for landslides. In this paper, a realtime monitoring network and a computer-aided automatic early warning system (EWS) are presented with details of their design and an example of application in the Longjingwan landslide, Kaiyang County, Guizhou Province. Then, according to principle simple method of landslide prediction, the setting of alarm levels and the design of appropriate counter-measures are presented. A four-level early warning system (Zero, Outlook, Attention and Warning) has been adopted, and the velocity threshold was selected as the main warning threshold for the landslide occurrence, but expert judgment is included in the EWS to avoid false alarms. A case study shows the applicability and reliability for landslide risk management, and recommendations are presented for other similar projects.


Landslide Early warning system (EWS) Wireless sensor network Velocity threshold Longjingwan landslide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neng-pan Ju
    • 1
  • Jian Huang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Run-qiu Huang
    • 1
  • Chao-yang He
    • 1
  • Yan-rong Li
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment ProtectionChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina
  2. 2.AGECON Ltd.Hong KongChina

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