A tool for the automatic calculation of rainfall thresholds for landslide occurrence

Massimo Melillo, Maria Teresa Brunetti, Silvia Peruccacci, Stefano Luigi Gariano, Anna Roccati, Fausto Guzzetti, 2018, A tool for the automatic calculation of rainfall thresholds for landslide occurrence, Environmental modelling & software 105 (2018): 230–243. doi_10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.024,
URL: http://www.cnr.it/prodotto/i/386748

Empirical rainfall thresholds are commonly used to forecast landslide occurrence in wide areas. Thresholds are affected by several uncertainties related to the rainfall and the landslide information accuracy, the reconstruction of the rainfall responsible for the failure, and the method to calculate the thresholds. This limits the use of the thresholds in landslide early warning systems. To face the problem, we developed a comprehensive tool, CTRL-T (Calculation of Thresholds for Rainfall-induced Landslides-Tool) that automatically and objectively reconstructs rainfall events and the triggering conditions responsible for the failure, and calculates rainfall thresholds at different exceedance probabilities. CTRL-T uses a set of adjustable parameters to account for different morphological and climatic settings. We tested CTRL-T in Liguria region (Italy), which is highly prone to landslides. We expect CTRL-T has an impact on the definition of rainfall thresholds in Italy, and elsewhere, and on the reduction of the risk posed by rainfall-induced landslides.

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