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Special Paper 48, Protocol for Deep Landslide Susceptibility Mapping, by William J. Burns and Katherine A. Mickelson.

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Landslides, regardless of movement type, that move on a surface (or in a zone) 15 ft (4.6 m) or more below the ground surface are, for the purposes of this protocol, considered to be deep landslides.

The objective of this paper is to provide a protocol for developing, at an accelerated rate, consistent deep landslide susceptibility maps that identify areas with low, moderate, or high potential for deep landslides. The protocol is for internal use at DOGAMI as well as for the larger scientific community. By following this protocol, users can produce standardized maps more quickly and consistently. These maps can improve community awareness of deep landslide hazards, which will help the communities with landslide risk reduction activities.

The intended audiences for this paper include those in government, industry, and academia who are interested in producing standardized deep landslide hazard maps, and others who are interested in understanding how DOGAMI deep landslide susceptibility maps are made.

This study was funded in part by the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) Landslide Hazards Program through award #05CRGR0002. DOGAMI plans to publish deep landslide susceptibility maps developed using this protocol for select areas as funding and need arises.

Graphical representation of the deep landslide susceptibility protocol described in DOGAMI Special Paper 48 (Figure 3-1):

Graphical representation of the deep landslide susceptibility protocol described in DOGAMI Special Paper 48

Example deep landslide susceptibility map: northwest quarter of the 7.5 minute USGS Oregon City quadrangle (Burns and others, 2013):

Example deep landslide susceptibility map: northwest quarter of the 7.5 minute USGS Oregon City quadrangle

SP-48 builds on:

SP-48 is a refined explanation of the mapping methods used in, for example: