Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards

2013 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky

Landslide Inventory

  • Javier Hervás
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_214


Inventory of slope movements; Landslide archive; Landslide database; Landslide register; Mass movement inventory


A landslide inventory is a detailed register of the distribution and characteristics of past landslides.


For each landslide recorded in an inventory, core information usually includes a unique identification code, landslide site name (for major landslides), location (geographical coordinates, municipality, province or county, region or state), type of landslide, date of occurrence if known or last reactivation, state of activity, and volume (or surface extent). Additional information may include landslide geometry (surface dimensions, depth of failure surface), geology (lithology, structure, material properties), hydrogeology, land cover or use, slope geometry, triggering cause, impact (e.g., casualties, damage expressed in economic value or in descriptive terms), remedial measures, surveying methods and date, and surveyor’s name and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Environment and SustainabilityJoint Research Centre, European CommissionIspra (Va)Italy