Articles | Volume 24, issue 5
Research article
06 May 2024
Research article |  | 06 May 2024

Assessing locations susceptible to shallow landslide initiation during prolonged intense rainfall in the Lares, Utuado, and Naranjito municipalities of Puerto Rico

Rex L. Baum, Dianne L. Brien, Mark E. Reid, William H. Schulz, and Matthew J. Tello


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2023-185', Anonymous Referee #1, 22 Dec 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Rex Baum, 29 Dec 2023
  • RC2: 'Comments on nhess-2023-185', Anonymous Referee #2, 16 Jan 2024
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Rex Baum, 22 Feb 2024

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Feb 2024) by Andreas Günther
AR by Rex Baum on behalf of the Authors (14 Mar 2024)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (16 Mar 2024) by Andreas Günther
AR by Rex Baum on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2024)
Short summary
We mapped potential for heavy rainfall to cause landslides in part of the central mountains of Puerto Rico using new tools for estimating soil depth and quasi-3D slope stability. Potential ground-failure locations correlate well with the spatial density of landslides from Hurricane Maria. The smooth boundaries of the very high and high ground-failure susceptibility zones enclose 75 % and 90 %, respectively, of observed landslides. The maps can help mitigate ground-failure hazards.
Final-revised paper