Articles | Volume 18, issue 3
Brief communication
13 Mar 2018
Brief communication |  | 13 Mar 2018

Brief communication: Using averaged soil moisture estimates to improve the performances of a regional-scale landslide early warning system

Samuele Segoni, Ascanio Rosi, Daniela Lagomarsino, Riccardo Fanti, and Nicola Casagli


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Short summary
We improve the warning system (WS) used to forecast landslides in Emilia Romagna (Italy) by using averaged soil moisture estimates. We tested two approaches. The first (based on a soil moisture threshold under which the original WS is not used) is very simple, reduces false alarms and can be easily applied elsewhere. The second (integrating rainfall and soil moisture thresholds in the WS) is more complicated but reduces both false alarms and missed alarms.
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