From scenario-based seismic hazard to scenario-based landslide hazard: rewinding to the past via statistical simulations

Luguang Luo, L. Lombardo*, C. van Westen, Xiangjun Pei, Runqiu Huang

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The vast majority of statistically-based landslide susceptibility studies assumes the slope instability process to be time-invariant under the definition that “the past and present are keys to the future”. This assumption may generally be valid. However, the trigger, be it a rainfall or an earthquake event, clearly varies over time. And yet, the temporal component of the trigger is rarely included in landslide susceptibility studies and only confined to hazard assessment. In this work, we investigate a population of landslides triggered in response to the 2017 Jiuzhaigou earthquake (Mw= 6.5) including the associated ground motion in the analyses, these being carried out at the Slope Unit (SU) level. We do this by implementing a Bayesian version of a Generalized Additive Model and assuming that the slope instability across the SUs in the study area behaves according to a Bernoulli probability distribution. This procedure would generally produce a susceptibility map reflecting the spatial pattern of the specific trigger and therefore of limited use for land use planning. However, we implement this first analytical step to reliably estimate the ground motion effect, and its distribution, on unstable SUs. We then assume the effect of the ground motion to be time-invariant, enabling statistical simulations for any ground motion scenario that occurred in the area from 1933 to 2017. As a result, we obtain the full spectrum of potential coseismic susceptibility patterns over the last century and compress this information into a hazard model/map representative of all the possible ground motion patterns since 1933. This backward statistical simulations can also be further exploited in the opposite direction where, by accounting for scenario-based ground motion, one can also use it in a forward direction to estimate future unstable slopes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2243-2264
Number of pages22
JournalStochastic environmental research and risk assessment
Early online date13 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • Ground motion time series
  • INLA
  • Landslide hazard
  • Slope unit partition
  • Statistical simulations
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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