Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Research article
17 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2019

Global detection of rainfall-triggered landslide clusters

Susanne A. Benz and Philipp Blum

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This study aims to identify clusters of landslide events within a global database that are triggered by the same rainfall event. Results show that 14 % of all recorded landslide events are actually part of a landslide cluster consisting of at least 10 events. However, in a more regional analysis this number ranges from 30 % for the west coast of North America to 3 % in the Himalayan region. These findings provide an improved understanding for managing landslide mitigations on a larger scale.
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