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Landslide Hazards Program Seminars

The USGS Landslide Hazards Program Seminar Series is hosted virtually on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM (Mountain). Anyone is welcome to attend. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the seminar announcement list.

2021 Seminars

11/10/2021 Annette Patton University of Oregon Climate change and landslides in subpolar Alaska: Less ice, more water
10/27/2021 Greg Stock U.S. National Park Service Pace of rockfalls and cliff retreat in Yosemite Valley since the Last Glacial Maximum
10/20/2021 Andrew Graber Colorado School of Mines Evaluating rockfall frequency from natural slopes at multiple timescales using multiple timescales – Examples from Glenwood Canyon, CO
9/29/2021 Denny Capps U.S. National Park Service Infrastructure on ice – when your road rides on an accelerating rock glacier
09/22/2021 Erich Peitzcsh U.S. Geological Survey Snow avalanches: A hazard and driver of landscape change
09/15/2021 Paul Santi Colorado School of Mines Water and sediment supply requirements for post-wildfire debris flows in the western United States
09/08/2021 Richard Giraud Utah Geological Survey Utah landslides — Types, problems, and risk reduction
08/25/2021 Kevin Schmidt U.S. Geological Survey Active landsliding and rock strength controls along the Big Sur Coast, California
08/18/2021 Francis Ashland U.S. Geological Survey Widespread landslides during the 2018 wet year in Pittsburgh: The impact of extreme winter storms on subsurface hydrologic conditions and the resulting reduction of the critical rainfall threshold
08/11/2021 Helen Delano Pennsylvania Geological Survey Pennsylvania landslides, Pittsburgh and beyond: A 40-year perspective
07/28/2021 Kirk Townsend University of Michigan The contribution of rock-mass strength to topographic form and post-wildfire erosion: Insights from the western Transverse Ranges, southern California
07/21/2021 Kate Mickelson Washington Geological Survey Washington Geological Survey’s Landslide Hazard Program
07/14/2021 Katy Barnhart U.S. Geological Survey Preliminary assessment of the wave generating potential from landslides at Barry Arm, Prince William Sound, Alaska
06/30/2021 Jon Perkins U.S. Geological Survey How can vadose zone hydrology influence the timing and dynamic range of seasonal landslide deformation? A case study from northern California’s Oak Ridge earthflow
06/23/2021 Matt Thomas U.S. Geological Survey Postwildfire soil-hydraulic recovery and the persistence of debris flow hazards
06/16/2021 Bill Burns Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Fire and debris-flow hazards in Oregon: ETART (BAER) and GEER - Initial post-fire debris flow observations
06/09/2021 Corey Froese BGC Engineering Management of large rock slope hazards: Two decades of learnings
05/26/2021 Jason Kean U.S. Geological Survey Forecasting the frequency and magnitude of postfire debris flows across southern California...and maybe beyond
05/12/2021 Scott McCoy University of Nevada Reno Rainfall-intensity thresholds for post-wildfire debris-flow initiation vary with climatology of peak rainfall intensity
04/28/2021 Adam Booth Portland State University Landslide-forest feedbacks in the United States' largest forest carbon reservoir: southeast Alaska
04/21/2021 Noah Finnegan University of California Santa Cruz Deformational processes governing frictional sliding in a large, slow-moving landslide
04/14/2021 James Guilinger University of California Riverside A nested scale analysis of postfire sediment source and transport dynamics across the 2018 Holy Fire burn scar, Santa Ana Mountains, CA
03/31/2021 Ingrid Tomac University of California San Diego Rainwater droplet impact dynamics on hydrophobic sand surface and mudflow onset mechanism
03/24/2021 Jeff Moore University of Utah Slope stability vibrometry: In-situ seismic vibration measurements for slope stability characterization and monitoring
03/17/2021 Stephanie Kampf Colorado State University Fort Collins Post-fire erosion model comparisons at hillslope to watershed scale
03/10/2021 Richard Iverson U.S. Geological Survey Landslide disparities, flume discoveries, and Oso despair
02/24/2021 Katy Barnhart, Ryan Jones, Matt Thomas U.S. Geological Survey Meet the Mendenhalls
02/17/2021 Netra Regmi Okalahoma Geological Survey Characteristics of shallow landslides in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas
02/10/2021 Jonathan Warrick U.S. Geological Survey Coastal landslides (and other changes) through the kens of SfM photogrammetry
01/27/2021 Alex Handwerger University of California Los Angeles, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Landslide identification using synthetic aperture radar change detection on the Google Earth Engine
01/20/2021 Kate Allstadt U.S. Geological Survey Documenting and modeling landslides and liquefaction triggered by recent US earthquakes
01/13/2021 Melissa Ward Jones University of Alaska Fairbanks Recent retrogressive thaw slumping activity in the Canadian high Arctic


2020 Seminars

11/18/2020 Colton Conroy Columbia University Modeling entrainment of bed sediment by debris flows and water floods
10/28/2020 Jeff Prancevic U.S. Geological Survey The relative importance of landslides and soil creep for eroding steep soil-mantled hillslopes
10/21/2020 Luke McGuire, Ann Youberg University of Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey  Post-wildfire debris flow hazards: Insights from recovering burned areas in the Southwestern US
10/14/2020 Sean LaHusen U.S. Geological Survey Deep-seated landslide susceptibility and triggering in the Oregon Coast Range
09/30/2020 Benjamin Campforts University of Colorado Boulder How landslides alter sediment dynamics: Answers from HyLands, a large-scale landscape evolution model
09/23/2020 Margaret Darrow University of Alaska Fairbanks Impacts of permafrost slope stability on infrastructure in Arctic Alaska
09/16/2020 Matt Crawford Kentucky Geological Survey Landslide susceptibility and risk in eastern Kentucky
09/09/2020 William Medwedeff University of Michigan What controls weathering and hillslope strength in a tectonically active environment? Lessons from geotechnical observations in central Nepal
08/26/2020 Don Lindsay California Geological Survey A systematic approach to evaluating and prescribing post-fire triggering thresholds in the second year after wildfire
08/19/2020 Ben Mirus U.S. Geological Survey Landslides across the United States: Occurrence, susceptibility, and data limitations
08/12/2020 Hig Brentwood Ground Truth Trekking Questions raised by the Barry Arm landslides in Alaska
07/29/2020 Nina Oakley Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes Extreme precipitation research and tools at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
07/22/2020 Corey Schiep North Carolina State University  HazMapper: A global open-source natural hazard mapping application in Google Earth Engine
07/15/2020 Thomas Rapstine U.S. Geological Survey Towards airborne measurements of ground displacement
07/08/2020 Erin Bessette-Kirton University of Utah Slope stability vibration monitoring at Courthouse Mesa, Utah
06/24/2020 Arnaud Temme Kansas State University How do past landslides matter?
06/17/2020 Paul Burgess California Geological Survey Soil slip, shallow landslide, and debris flow activity in San Diego County, early April, 2020
06/10/2020 Sabrina Martinez, Liam Toney U.S. Geological Survey Semi-automatic landslide detection in Puerto Rico and rock-ice avalanche dynamics in Alaska
06/03/2020 Eli Orland National Aeronautics and Space Administration Deep Learning to forecast soil moisture conditions on landslide-prone hillslopes
05/20/2020 Dalia Kirschbaum National Aeronautics and Space Administration Remote sensing of landslide hazard: A multi-scale, multi-modal approach
05/13/2020 Bill Schulz, Kenneth Hughes U.S. Geological Survey, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Factors contributing to hurricane-induced landslides in Puerto Rico: Implications for hazards and sediment mobilization
05/06/2020 Stephen Slaughter, Jeff Coe U.S. Geological Survey USGS landslide mission to Chile: Initial motivations, March 2020 travel log, and future plans
04/22/2020 Brian Collins U.S. Geological Survey Linking mesoscale meteorology with extreme landscape response
04/15/2020 Francis Ashland, Sabrina Martinez U.S. Geological Survey Landslide response efforts in Vicksburg, Mississippi
04/08/2020 Francis Rengers U.S. Geological Survey Controls on debris-flow initiation during an exceptional rainstorm in southern New Mexico
04/01/2020 Jaime Kostelnik U.S. Geological Survey Developing a post-wildfire debris-flow event database and web page
03/11/2020 Bill Schulz U.S. Geological Survey Using a dense seismic array to determine structure and site effects of the Two Towers Earthflow in northern California
02/19/2020 Lauren Schaefer Colorado School of Mines Estimating physical and mechanical rock properties through reflectance spectroscopy