Bent Creek Experimental Forest, North Carolina

Science Center Objects

Recent Conditions

Instruments and are used to monitor and detect changes in local conditions, including

Data are updated every 30 minutes and displayed on graphs.

Landslides in western North Carolina impact people and the environment and are commonly induced by intense or prolonged rainfall associated with strong storms. For example, in September 2004 heavy rainfall from two hurricanes, Frances and Ivan, induced thousands of landslides over a large part of western North Carolina.

The USGS and its cooperators have installed instruments in a steep hillside about 38.5 km south of Asheville, NC in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Data collection at this site supports research on hydrologic factors that control landslide initiation. In many landslide-prone hillsides, infiltration of water from rainfall or snowmelt increases ground-water pressures. These elevated pressures can, in turn, induce landslide movement.

 

Solar powered instruments installed in Bent Creek Experimental Forest to help determine what is controlling the landslide

Front view of monitoring station enclosure and solar panel.

(Credit: York Lewis. Public domain.)

 

Solar powered instruments installed in Bent Creek Experimental Forest to help determine what is controlling the landslide

Side view of monitoring station enclosure, solar panel, and rain gage installation.

(Credit: York Lewis. Public domain.)