Resilience to earthquake-induced landslide risk in China
REACH is an interdisciplinary collaboration between social scientists, human geographers, geologists and engineers seeking to understand resilience and recovery of communities that suffer persistent landslide hazard caused by large earthquakes.
The NSFC, Newton Fund, NERC and ESRC-funded collaboration between the Sustainable Places Research Institute and the Chengdu Institute of Technology State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection will focus on recovery from the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, where post-earthquake landslide deaths and infrastructure loss has been significant.
Landslides continue to happen for many years after large earthquakes and continue to affect communities trying to recover from disaster. The ability for communities to "bounce back" from major disasters is essential for poverty alleviation and economic development. Termed "disaster resilience", this process is of particular importance in China as rapid economic expansion and urbanization has increased Chinese susceptibility to major disasters, including the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake.
The newly funded research work will allow the team to focus on understanding the mechanisms controlling where and when landslides occur after earthquakes and the processes that cause landslides to jeopardise recovery.