At a time when we seem
increasingly powerless before the ravages of nature, a team of
researchers at Durham University, in the north of England, has made
great strides in understanding and predicting landslides.
Large scale landslides, often prevalent in countries with heavy
rainfall, can inflict huge damage on communities. By measuring
initial movements within a slope, and studying soil samples,
Durham's researchers have developed a method of accurately
predicting at what point a hillside will reach catastrophic failure
and even how far and how fast a landslide will move.
Their methods enable advanced warning of a potentially
disastrous landfall, so that communities at risk can be moved to
safety. They are currently sharing this expertise by collaborating
with governments and organisations in a number of projects in the
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