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New landslide mapping tool available

A new website uses GIS, aerial imagery and field work data to create a landslide mapping tool that provides critical hazard data for North Carolina communities. 

The Landslides in Western North Carolina Project, completed by the Department of Environmental Quality’s N.C. Geological Survey, allows users to explore current and historical information about landslides in North Carolina. The resources can help users plan for and build resilience to landslide hazards and are designed for use by community planners, emergency management personnel, design consultants, educators and real estate professionals. 

Currently, the site contains information on more than 4,500 landslides, as well as a Landslide Hazard Ranking that displays areas raked at moderate or high risk of landslide occurrence in response to an extreme precipitation event. It also identifies potential landslide initiation locations and flow pathways. Data is available for download and updated as landslides occur. 

NCGS worked with the National Environmental Modeling & Analysis Center at UNC Asheville to create the website, which is at www.landslidesncgs.org.

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