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IGS Researchers Help Idaho Prepare for Landslides, Other Hazards

November 29, 2016

Idaho Geological Survey researchers are working to help Idaho communities prepare for landslides and other natural hazards, with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Idaho Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning program (Risk MAP).

Bill Phillips, an IGS research geologist based at the University of Idaho, is the principal investigator on a $70,000 grant to prepare landslide susceptibility maps of the Big Wood River area, which includes Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. Phillips will map hillslopes in the area, allowing the communities to make informed decisions and reduce the effects of landslides on people and property.

Another Risk MAP grant will inform this project by providing high-quality elevation data gathered by lidar, a remote-sensing method, across more than 2,500 square miles of Idaho. The $954,000 grant led by Boise State University brings together Boise State, UI, IGS, Idaho State University, the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and communities across the state. Read more about this project here.

"The new lidar elevation data will play a key role in the Big Wood River work by greatly enhancing our ability to accurately and efficiently identify landslides," Phillips said.


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