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Coseismic Landslides

Phenomena, Long-Term Effects and Mitigation

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  • Includes historical cases and newly developed approaches
  • Provides the latest research results contributed by members of four international academic societies
  • Serves as a valuable resource not only for researchers but also for geotechnical designers and government officials

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Table of contents (18 chapters)


About this book

This book is the result of an elaborate project initiated by the Joint Technical Committee (JTC-1) of 1) the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2) the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, 3) the International Society for Rock Mechanics, and 4) the International Geotextile Society, with the focus on natural slopes and landslides.

The framework of the book sets out the steps, based on recent disaster experiences in the twenty-first century, leading to the assessment of earthquake-induced landslide hazards. It contains: 1) important cases of landslides triggered by earthquakes around the world; 2) investigation into the characteristics of ground motion site response; 3) methods to determine landslide susceptibility and triggering thresholds and their comparative study; and 4) commentary on the production of earthquake-induced landslide hazard maps. All the contents are the result of the latest researchon related areas. The book is a valuable resource for researchers, designers, consultants, academicians, government officials, and all others who are involved in the mitigation of coseismic landslides. The book contributes toward the development of a new chapter in disaster prevention and mitigation of landslides induced by earthquakes.


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Civil Engineering, Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan

    Ikuo Towhata

  • Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Uji, Japan

    Gonghui Wang

  • The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China

    Qiang Xu

  • GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

    Chris Massey

About the editors

Dr. Ikuo Towhata is a professor emeritus of The University of Tokyo and a visiting professor at Kanto Gakuin University. He is also the chair of the Professional Image Committee of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), a director of Tohata Architects & Engineers, and an advisor of the Chuo Kaihatsu Corporation, Japan. He was the president of the Japanese Geotechnical Society and the vice president of the Asian Region of the ISSMGE. He has left an indisputable legacy in geotechnical research, particularly in earthquake geotechnical engineering. He published more than 400 English papers in international journals and conference proceedings and a comprehensive book on geotechnical earthquake engineering. He has also maintained a lifelong dedication to education, as evidenced by his many years of service as a professor at The University of Tokyo, a distinguished visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as well as thetime spent at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has taught and supervised numerous students from more than 30 countries.

Dr. Gonghui Wang is a professor in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. He has been working on landslide disaster and mitigation measures from the perspectives of geophysics, geotechnics, and engineering geology for more than two decades. His research interests include landslide dynamics, climate change landslides, landslide dams, granular mechanics, soil liquefaction, risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has also co-edited two books published by Springer. He is currently an editorial board member of Engineering Geology, Landslides, Geosciences, and other Japanese and Chinese journals.

Dr. Qiang Xu is a professor and vice president of the Chengdu University of Technology. He is also the deputy vice director of the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, China. He is mainly working on landslide hazard assessment and risk management, with a special focus on landslide monitoring and early warning as well as emergency countermeasures. He has worked closely with local communities, NGOs, and governments, and he has published more than 500 papers as well as 15 books in Chinese and English. He also works as an editor of several international journals.

Dr. Chris Massey is an engineering geologist at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science), New Zealand, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Durham. He has wide experience in geology, geomorphology, and geotechnics, with a rich work background in Hong Kong, Australia, and now in New Zealand (GNS). His research interests include rock-fall analysis and design, landslide monitoring and modeling, geohazard assessment and mitigation, geological and geomorphological mapping, earthquake-induced landslide estimates, and numerical modeling. He has published more than 140 papers in scientific journals and in books and conference proceedings. He worked as the leader of several national projects on landslides in New Zealand. He also works as an editorial board member of Engineering Geology.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Coseismic Landslides

  • Book Subtitle: Phenomena, Long-Term Effects and Mitigation

  • Editors: Ikuo Towhata, Gonghui Wang, Qiang Xu, Chris Massey

  • Series Title: Springer Natural Hazards

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-6596-8Published: 05 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-6599-9Published: 06 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-6597-5Published: 04 November 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2365-0656

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-0664

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 679

  • Number of Illustrations: 103 b/w illustrations, 462 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Natural Hazards, Geophysics/Geodesy, Geotechnical Engineering & Applied Earth Sciences

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