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Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute Research Grant 2016 – Smart Landslide Information System Half-Yearly Update

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute Research Grant 2016 – Smart Landslide Information System Half-Yearly Update

A prototype mobile App for the Landslide Information System (LIS)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) Research Grant 2016 was awarded to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The research aims at developing a new smart Landslide Information System (LIS) that can improve the planning of access and evacuation routes for emergency responders during intense rainstorms. Furthermore, the LIS aims to provide easily accessible real-time landslide information to the public and to enhance landslide incident reporting in Hong Kong via smart technology.

The HKUST Research Team has characterised relationships between landslide failure mechanisms and rainfall. Landslide hazard mapping was adopted to verify correlations between rainfall and landslide occurrence. The hazard map will be incorporated into the LIS mobile App which is currently under development (see Figs. 1 and 2 below for snapshots of the mobile App). It is envisioned that the final product will display and disseminate real-time landslide information, provide emergency routing information to emergency responders and identify high-risk landslide areas with the application of the landslide susceptibility model.

Later in October 2017, the HKUST Research Team will attend an international geotechnical conference in Canada (GEO Ottawa 2017) to share their research findings on the LIS mobile application.

This research demonstrates how innovative smart technology can be used as an early warning system and play a major role in reducing risk associated with landslides. More findings and progress on this research will be shared in the coming half year.

For more information, please contact us at hkjcdpri@hkam.org.hk or (852) 2871 8507.

 

 


Prof. Clarence Choi, in-charge of the research project.

 


HKUST Research Team (left to right)
Back: Mr. George Goodwin (PhD Student); Prof Clarence Choi; Mr. Haiming Liu (PhD Student)
Front: Mr. Luis Liu (PhD Student); Mr. Desmond Cheung (PhD Student); Mr. Chao Wang (PhD Student)