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TitleLandslide susceptibility map of Canada
AuthorBobrowsky, P TORCID logo; Dominguez, M J
SourceGeological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Programs with Abstracts vol. 34, 2011.
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20100506
MeetingGAC/AGC-MAC-SEG-SGA Ottawa 2011; Ottawa; CA; May 25-27, 2011
Mediapaper; CD-ROM
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
NTS1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Subjectsengineering geology; landslides; slope deposits; slope failures; slope stability; slope stability analyses; erosion susceptibility
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience National-Scale Geohazard Assessments
AbstractWithin Natural Resources Canada (Geological Survey of Canada), one objective of the Public Safety Geoscience Program is the provision of broad, high level information that summarizes the likelihood of threat from a variety of natural hazards to Canada's citizens and infrastructure. Landslides are especially important. In Canada, during the past 150 years, more individuals have died from landslides than all other natural hazards combined. Moreover, landslides are estimated to cost (direct and indirect) the country over $200 million (CDN) annually. Unfortunately, no publically available, pan-Canadian expression of the potential threat from landslides currently exists. In response to these facts and issues, the Geological Survey of Canada has now developed a national scale (1:5 million) landslide susceptibility map to illustrate the significant variability that exists across the country with respect to the likelihood of slope instability.
In the absence of a national inventory of landslides, information used in the derivation of this map (GIS based) consisted of national scale data for the following parameters: vegetation, precipitation, permafrost, aspect, slope angle, distance to rivers, distance to coast (lakes and oceans), bedrock geology and surficial geology. Attributes within each parameter were assessed and classified (semi-quantitatively) according to several categories of significance (1-low to 6-high). For the classification, expert opinion was obtained during a workshop at which GSC landslide experts relied on their personal experience and professional knowledge as input to the attribute and parameter relevance regarding landslide hazards.
The final map, to be released as a GSC Open File map, provides an excellent "first approximation" characterization of landslide
susceptibility for the diverse terrain scattered across Canada using a hot to cold (red to green) legend to illustrate the threat. At this scale, the classification is most useful in demonstrating regional trends. Local and site specific assessments cannot be reliably extracted from such a national scale map and require more diligent study and interpretation on a case by case basis.

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