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|Title:||Landslide Mapping in Austria|
|Authors:||SCHWEIGL Joachim; HERVAS DE DIEGO Francisco|
|Other Identifiers:||EUR 23785 EN|
|Type:||EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports|
|Abstract:||Landslides are a major natural hazard in hilly and mountainous regions of Austria. The delineation and characterisation of landslide hazard areas in the whole country using a harmonized approach is of the utmost importance to the implementation of risk reduction strategies, including also land use planning and mitigation measures, as suggested in the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. To this end, a study of landslide maps and ancillary data available mainly at national and regional (federal state) mapping organisations and research institutes in Austria has been carried out. The results show that, although not exhaustive, a great deal of information on landslides exists in Austria. Such information is mainly available in the form of landslide inventories and susceptibility maps, often making part of digital databases. These data are however widely spread in different administrations, mainly because of the federal structure of the country. Primarily as a result of this, these maps and databases show significant differences concerning the mapping approach used, landslide classification criteria, representation scale, legend and symbology, data format, etc. Accessibility to most of these data is at the moment restricted to public administrations, although there are currently initiatives to make them publicly accessible via webGIS. Finally, some recommendations to improve landslide risk management in the country are provided.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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