The South Kramer landslide tore through the Benchlands subdivision, claiming the lives of three men and destroying property. (Credit: US Coast Guard)

Can Sitka develop an early warning system for landslides? The Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC) wants to find out. SSSC is gathering a group of scientists, weather experts, public safety and government officials at a workshop this week (September 13th – 15th) to share information and develop a report with recommendations for the City of Sitka.

Downloadable audio.

Executive Director Lisa Busch was joined by Research Director Tori O’Connell to talk with KCAW’s Emily Kwong about this next step in the Sitka Sound Science Center’s ongoing landslide research.

The center organized a GeoTask Force in the wake of the 2015 landslide at Kramer Avenue to pool existing information about the area. More recently, traffic was cut in two when a landslide tumbled into Halibut Point Road on September 4th, 2017.

Citizens are welcome to sit-in on presentations during the first day of the workshop, September 13th, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. As the group will be actively working, they will not be taking questions from the public.