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Dr. Scott Burns Recognized for his Contribution to the Public Understanding of Geoscience

Scott Burns, engineering geologist and geomorphologist and media personality was recognized by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) with its Outstanding Contribution to the Understanding of Geoscience award. His award was presented at a ceremony at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting hosted in Baltimore, Maryland.

Interactive map of geohazards in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries statewide geohazard viewer, HazVu, provides a way to view a range of geohazards in the state of Oregon,including:

  • Earthquakes - active faults, historical epicenters, expected shaking, and liquefaction hazards
  • Tsunami inundation hazard
  • Volcanoes
  • Landslides - historical landslides and landslide susceptibility
  • Floods
  • Coastal erosion

The map also includes public buildings so that hazards can be assessed for these locations.

Geologic map delineates landslide hazards in Kansas

Defining the Problem

Damaging landslides occur even in vertically challenged states like Kansas (Fig. 1). It is important to be able to delineate landslide hazard areas in order to develop appropriate land-use plans. In Leavenworth County, Kansas, geologic maps combined with maps of landslide features and slope steepness were used to predict landslide hazards and guide land management.

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