American Geophysical Union experts available to comment on science of landslides

26 February 2018

This 1994 landslide in Mesa County, Colorado contained 30 million cubic meters or rock and ran out for 2.8 miles. New research helps explain how these large slides can run out so far.
Credit: Jon White/Colorado Geological Survey.

WASHINGTON, DC — Landslides kill thousands of people worldwide each year. Last month, mudslides killed at least 20 people and destroyed more than 100 homes on the California coast. Several American Geophysical Union experts are available to comment on the science of landslides and the hazards they pose.

Estelle Chaussard is a Professor of Geophysics at the University at Buffalo in New York. She has experience in developing and using techniques to measure the deformation of Earth’s crust associated with a variety of natural hazards. She has used remote sensing techniques to characterize landslide dynamics, volcanic systems deformation, fault and earthquake processes and groundwater dynamics.
Phone: +1 (716) 645-4291

Nina Oakley is a meteorologist and climatologist who studies weather conditions associated with landslides and post-fire debris flows in California. She is a Regional Climatologist at the NOAA Western Regional Climate Center and a PhD candidate in Atmospheric Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nina recently co-authored a summary of the January 9 Montecito landslide and published a study on the atmospheric conditions associated with post-fire debris flows in southern California.
Phone: +1 (775) 663-7932

Dave Petley is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. His expertise is on the mechanisms and process of landslide development and movement and the risks landslides pose to society. His work involves a combination of detailed field monitoring, lab simulation and the development of databases and inventories. He has worked extensively on landslides in Europe, Taiwan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Chile, the U.S. and New Zealand. Dave also writes The Landslide Blog, a blog hosted by AGU that provides a commentary on landslide events occurring worldwide, including landslides events, latest research, conferences and meetings.
Phone: +44 114 222 9822 (GMT)

Josh Roering is a Professor of Earth Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. His expertise focuses on landsliding and the influence of climate, earthquakes, fire and land use practices on hillslope processes. His research group uses field observations, experiments, computer simulations and analysis of high-resolution topography obtained from airborne and space-based sensors.
Note: Josh Roering will be unavailable March 23-31, 2018.


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