Landslide Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Landslide Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

2nd Edition - October 17, 2021

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  • Editors: Tim Davies, Nick Rosser
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184646
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226452

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Landslide Hazards, Risks and Disasters Second Edition makes a broad but detailed examination of major aspects of mass movements and their consequences, and provides knowledge to form the basis for more complete and accurate monitoring, prediction, preparedness and reduction of the impacts of landslides on society. The frequency and intensity of landslide hazards and disasters has consistently increased over the past century, and this trend will continue as society increasingly utilises steep landscapes. Landslides and related phenomena can be triggered by other hazard and disaster processes – such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and wildfires – and they can also cause other hazards and disasters, making them a complex multi-disciplinary challenge. This new edition of Landslide Hazards, Risks and Disasters is updated and includes new chapters, covering additional topics including rockfalls, landslide interactions and impacts and geomorphic perspectives. Knowledge, understanding and the ability to model landslide processes are becoming increasingly important challenges for society extends its occupation of increasingly hilly and mountainous terrain, making this book a key resource for educators, researchers and disaster managers in geophysics, geology and environmental science.

Key Features

  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the geological, seismological, physical, environmental and social impacts of landslides
  • Presents the latest research on causality, impacts and landslide preparedness and mitigation. Includes numerous tables, maps, diagrams, illustrations, photographs and video captures of hazardous processes
  • Discusses steps for planning for and responding to landslide hazards, risks and disasters


Geologists, geophysicists, seismologists, sedimentologists, geomorphologists, volcanologists, oceanographers, climatologists, environmental scientists, and hazard and risk scientists. Engineers, infrastructure planners, hazard analysts, risk managers, urban planners

Table of Contents

  • 1.Landslide hazards, risks and disasters: introduction
    2. Landslide causes and triggers
    3. Landslides in bedrock
    4. Coseismic landslides
    5. Volcanic debris avalanches
    6. Peat landslides
    7. Rock—snow—ice avalanches
    8. Multiple landslide-damming episodes
    9. Rock avalanches onto glaciers
    10. Paleo-landslides
    11. Remote sensing of landslide motion with emphasis on satellite multi-temporal interferometry
    12. Small landslides e frequent, costly and manageable
    13. Analysis tools for mass movement assessment
    14. Landslides in a changing climate
    15. Rockfall hazard and risk
    16. Reducing landslide disaster impacts
    17. Geomorphic precursors of large landslides: seismic preconditioning and slope-top benches

Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: October 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184646
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226452

About the Editors

Tim Davies

Tim Davies is a Professor in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Canterbury (NZ). His research focusses on the application of geomorphology in prediction of landform response to disturbance, in particular in the context of natural hazard assessment and disaster impact reduction.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Nick Rosser

Nick Rosser is a Professor of Physical Geography at Durham University (UK). His research interests are around landslides and rockfalls, with a particular focus on high-resolution 4D monitoring of rock slope failure, and earthquake-triggered landslides.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Geography, Durham University, UK

About the Editor in Chief

J.F. Shroder Jr.

J.F. Shroder Jr.
Ramesh Sivanpillai, Senior Research Scientist, Dept of Botany, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA Ramesh Sivanpillai is a Remote Sensing Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include digital processing of satellite and aerial images, data fusion, image enhancement and classification.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, USA

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