"In fulfillment of the requirements of Public Law 106-113, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) submits this report, which describes a national strategy to reduce losses from landslides. This report includes a summary of the Nation's needs for research, monitoring, mapping, and assessment of landslide hazards nationwide. […] A comprehensive National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy employs a wide range of scientific, planning, and policy tools to address various aspects of the problem to effectively reduce losses from landslides and other ground failures. It has nine major elements, spanning a continuum from research to the formulation and implementation of policy and mitigation: 1. Research: Developing a predictive understanding of landslide processes and triggering mechanisms. 2. Hazard Mapping and Assessments: Delineating susceptible areas and different types of landslide hazards at a scale useful for planning and decision-making 3. Real-Time Monitoring: Monitoring active landslides that pose substantial risk. 4. Loss Assessment: Compiling and evaluating information on the economic impacts of landslide hazards. 5. Information Collection, Interpretation, and Dissemination: Establishing an effective system for information transfer. 6. Guidelines and Training: Developing guidelines and training for scientists, engineers, and decision-makers. 7. Public Awareness and Education: Developing information and education for the user community 8. Implementation of Loss Reduction Measures: Encouraging mitigation action. 9. Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Building resilient communities."
Open-File Report 00-450
United States Geological Survey, http://pubs.usgs.gov/