Climate Software Lab publishes a landslide monitoring tool.

Climate Software Lab (CSL), the climate technology division of clean fuels producer GPS Renewables, has launched a landslide risk assessment model to map landslide risk in sensitive areas of peninsular India. This tool is free, open source software that uses many local factors such as slope, local elevation, forest cover and tree canopy height to map the sensitivity of an area.

Landslides continue to pose a significant threat to much of India, including regions such as the Himalayas, the North Eastern Ranges, the Western Ghats, the Nilgiris, the Eastern Ghats and the Vindhyas. According to a report by the Indian Academy of Sciences, about 500 people die every year and property damage is estimated at about 300 million rupees due to landslides. Unlike other natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, it is difficult to predict when and where landslides will occur, while rain is often the trigger for landslides. Therefore, policy makers, researchers and managers have a duty to use the latest technology in mitigation strategies. The CSL Landslide Susceptibility Model was developed to meet the above need.

Developed by a team of artificial intelligence experts and scientists at the GPS Climate Software Laboratory, the tool uses information about local conditions, including tree height and rate of change, soil clay content, human changes and data from the Geological Survey of India. (GSI) dataset containing information on the locations of past landslides. In addition, the CSL tool adapts NASA’s current Landslide Hazard Assessment (LHASA) model to Indian conditions and provides greater spatial accuracy to enable policymakers and managers to plan local interventions for vulnerable populations and critical assets.

Commenting on the tool, Nipun OS, Head of Sustainability at Renewable Energy GPS, said: “With our new open source tool, we aim to address a critical gap that currently exists in landslide risk assessment models. During our research, we found that many states in India rely on old and low-resolution susceptibility maps to develop landslide prediction models. The CSL tool addresses this gap by providing high-quality risk visualizations that policymakers can use to develop local disaster response strategies. The tool is free and open access, making climate-related information more accessible to more people.”

Mainak Chakraborty, CEO and founder of GPS Renewables said, “Climate change is an existential threat and requires collective action. We at GPS Renewables recognize the need to address climate change and its potential impact on communities and economies. We believe that technology can play a crucial role in reducing the risks of climate change, which is why we founded the Climate Software Lab.

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