Four years after a cluster of landslides -- one of them deadly -- struck the community, Sitka has a landslide warning system. Although it’s still a prototype, the system combines relatively simple sensor technology with the power of human social networks. Nothing quite like it has ever been done before.
A research partnership has been awarded $2.1 million to study landslide prediction in Sitka. The 3-year “Smart and Connected Communities” grant comes from the National Science Foundation, with the goal of using relatively inexpensive sensor technology -- and existing social networks -- to create a realtime warning system in Sitka and other communities at risk of slides.