Interactive Landslide Simulator: A Tool for Landslide Risk Assessment and Communication

  • Pratik Chaturvedi
  • Akshit Arora
  • Varun Dutt
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 481)


Understanding landslide risks is important for people living in hilly areas in India. A promising way of communicating landslide risks is via simulation tools, where these tools integrate both human factors (e.g., public investments to mitigate landslides) and environmental factors (e.g., spatial geology and rainfall). In this paper, we develop an interactive simulation model on landslide risks and use it to design a web-based Interactive Landslide Simulator (ILS) microworld. The ILS microworld is based on the assumption that landslides occur due to both environmental factors (spatial geology and rainfall) as well as human factors (lack of monetary investments to mitigate landslides). We run a lab-based experiment involving human participants performing in ILS and we show that the ILS performance helps improve public understanding of landslide risks. Overall, we propose ILS to be an effective tool for doing what-if analyses by policymakers and for educating public about landslide risks.


Early warning systems Interactive landslide simulator (ILS) Landslide risk communication Feedback Learning 



This research was partially supported by Thapar University, Patiala and Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India. The authors thank Akanksha Jain and Sushmita Negi, Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan for their contribution in collection of human data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL)DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Applied Cognitive Science LaboratoryIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) MandiMandiIndia
  3. 3.Thapar UniversityPatialaIndia

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