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The mapping of the extent of damage caused by large landslides is crucial to the recovery services. A large amount of work is however aimed particularly at the study of prediction and prevention of such events.


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Landslide mapping in the Swiss Alps

26 September 2012

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Archived radar data from the Envisat mission are playing an important role in mapping landslides in Switzerland. The mission's vast archives continue to prove useful for mapping ground deformation.

Landslides are a natural hazard of special relevance in Alpine regions. This ground displacement can severely damage human lives and infrastructure.

Earth-observing satellites - specifically those equipped with radars - can help scientists to map and monitor ground movement.

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