Typhoon landslide risk analyzed systematically

June 2007

PROBLEM

The work of civil and environmental engineers has tremendous positive impact on the health and welfare of individuals and communities. One way to expand this impact in the developing world is to transfer technology and engineering expertise globally, while adapting it to local needs. This issue of On Balance looks at such a transfer of technology for hazard and risk assessment to help prevent typhoon-induced landslides, which pose a huge risk for Southeast Asia. Landslides cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in property damage each year. I