New Approach to Rapid Risk Evaluation in Disasters Related to Landslides-Brazil

  • Renato Eugenio LimaEmail author


In the last 3 years Brazil was hit by the most important group of accidents related to landslides in the history of the country. The biggest accidents affected the States of Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Paraná. We estimated more than 20,000 landslides in these most important disasters and around 2,000 victims dead or disappeared. The effects of these accidents are enormous and in many cases the community will be paying the costs for long time. The group of CENACID-UFPR, Federal University of Paraná, responded to almost all of these accidents and developed a new approach to face the challenge of fast evaluation of risk in these events. This new approach is proposed as a tool to rapid and systematic evaluation of groups of landslides, which we call “landslides systems”. This methodology is called “Relative Rapid Landslides Analysis” and is based in five different indicators of risk.


Rapid risk evaluation of landslides Landslides in Brazil Landslide indicators 



The proposed methodology results of many missions to disaster areas with the group of scientists of the Center for Scientific Support in Disasters (CENACID). I would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the CENACID geologists that participated in these missions. It is also important to thank the Federal University of Paraná and Araucaria Foundation for support this initiative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Scientific Support in Disasters – CENACIDFederal University of Paraná (UFPR)CuritibaBrazil

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