Landslide Activity to be Predicted in Real Time by a New Project from NASA


Landslides, whether they are natural or created by man made conditions, can pose a great risk to humans since they are devastating and they happen incredibly fast. However, a new project conducted by NASA researchers is looking to fix this issue by working on a modeling system. This project is meant to predict landslide activity with a precision that is going to happen almost in real time.

More details about the prediction model

In the most recent release from NASA, they have stated they started working on a new prediction model. This system is being developed at the Goddard Space Flight Center. How does it work? Well, it uses rainfall as the main piece of data to pinpoint the risk level of a landslide. If the system detects that a certain region has been subject to high levels of rainfall it will provide a notice stating that there may be a landslide happening.

The expert on this matter, Dalia Kirschbaum, one of the co-authors of this paper decided to provide a few more details about this model and the way it is going to work in a real life scenario. She said that this model is going to give them the information needed in order to predict a disaster and try to inform the nearby residents of this situation. Currently, people have little to no clue about when a landslide is going to happen until it…just happens.

This model is going to utilize machine learning techniques. Satellites from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are going to collect the data very fast and update the levels of risk. This program is also going to make use of a susceptibility map that will take five variable into account: if there are roads near the risk zone, if trees have been removed from the specific area, whether there is a close tectonic fault, abrupt hillsides and if there is any weak bedrock in the given area.


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