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Seismic slope-performance analysis: from hazard map to decision support system

January 1, 1999

In response to the growing recognition of engineers and decision-makers of the regional effects of earthquake-induced landslides, this paper presents a general approach to conducting seismic landslide zonation, based on the popular Newmark's sliding block analogy for modeling coherent landslides. Four existing models based on the sliding block analogy are compared. The comparison shows that the models forecast notably different levels of slope performance. Considering this discrepancy along with the limitations of static maps as a decision tool, a spatial decision support system (SDSS) for seismic landslide analysis is proposed, which will support investigations over multiple scales for any number of earthquake scenarios and input conditions. Most importantly, the SDSS will allow use of any seismic landslide analysis model and zonation approach. Developments associated with the SDSS will produce an object-oriented model for encapsulating spatial data, an object-oriented specification to allow construction of models using modular objects, and a direct-manipulation, dynamic user-interface that adapts to the particular seismic landslide model configuration.

Publication Year 1999
Title Seismic slope-performance analysis: from hazard map to decision support system
Authors Scott B. Miles, David K. Keefer, Carlton L. Ho
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Monograph
Index ID 70021490
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse