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This conference paper was originally published as Flentje, P, Chowdhury, RN, Tobin, P and Brizga, V, Towards real-time landslide risk management in an urban area, in Hungr, O, Fell, R, Couture, R and Eberhardt, E (eds), Landslide Risk Management, Proceedings of the International Conference on Landslide Risk Management / 18th Annual Vancouver Geotechnical Society Symposium, 31 May - 4 June 2005, 741-751. Joint Technical Committee on Landslides and Engineered Slopes, JTC-1, in association with Vancouver Geotechnical Society. UK: A. A. Balkema.


With an average annual rainfall in the range 1200mm - 1800mm, landslides in Wollongong are triggered by periods of prolonged heavy rainfall. During such events, real-time pore water pressure, slope movement and rainfall data can be extremely useful for risk assessment and emergency management. A network of continuously monitored real-time landslide field stations has been established in Wollongong. This network will facilitate risk management operations, enhance our understanding of landslide triggering mechanisms and improve quantitative assessment of landslide hazard. Four stations have been established and additional stations are proposed. Data collection and management is fully automated yet manually accessible as required. The major benefit of this system is the accessibility and availability of fully automated graphical output via the web immediately as the data is received from the field stations. The widespread accessibility of this information in near real-time has clear benefits for risk management and emergency response decisions.

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