Real-time Data

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

  • Rainfall
  • Ground Water Pressure (tensionmeters)
  • Soil Water Content
  • Soil Temperature
  • Battery voltage
  • 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 of 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.

    Image provided by Rick Wooten, NCDENR

    Monitoring Status


    Location Map


    • Jonathan Godt
      U.S. Geological Survey
      Central Region Geologic Hazards Team
      Box 25046, DFC
      Mail Stop 966
      Denver CO 80225


    • The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    • The United States Forest Service
    • Colorado School of Mines (National Science Foundation award CMMI 0855783 to N. Lu and J.W. Godt and NASA NNX12AO19G to N. Lu, D. Kirschbaum, and Y. Hong).