The purpose of the Inventory Project is to provide a framework and tools for displaying and analyzing landslide inventory data collected in a spatially aware digital format from individual states. However, there is a wealth of landslide inventory information that is not digital in nature, in the form of hard-copy reports, maps, and other formats, which will need to be scanned or otherwise integrated into a digital format. Most state surveys and the USGS have information of a non-digital nature, and one of the challenges of the project is to successfully provide a forum for this valuable information.
Currently, the preliminary framework consists of a website featuring both technical and socioeconomic landslide information, from individual state surveys and the U.S. Geological Survey and relevant information from other sources. The primary organizing entity is The Landslide Inventory Steering Committee, composed of members of USGS and State Geological Surveys and other state agencies, which will guide the growth, development, and oversight of a national landslide inventory database website.
The website will also provide a clearinghouse for mapping and data collection techniques utilized by the various agencies and surveys involved. The long-term goal is to promote more consistent landslide mapping and databases nationwide, as well as provide information on innovative mapping techniques.
Users of landslide inventory data include:
- Landslide Research community
- Larger Science Research community
- Transportation managers
- Emergency managers
- Urban Planners
- Reinsurance and Insurance Industry
- Public Land managers (e.g. parks and open space managers, timber harvest managers)
- Water-quality managers (e.g. watershed managers)
- Wildlife managers (e.g. fisheries managers)
- Reservoir operators
- Advocates for public lands, watersheds, and wildlife (i.e. Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, for example)