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Landslide susceptibility assessment using statistical models: A case study in Badulla district, Sri Lanka

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G. J. M. S. R. Jayasinghe ,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Statistics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science
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P. Wijekoon,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Statistics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science
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J. Gunatilake

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Science
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Abstract

Landslides are the most recurrent and prominent natural hazard in many areas of the world which cause significant loss of life and damage to properties. By generating landslide susceptibility maps, the hazard zones can be identified in order to produce an early warning system to reduce the damage. In this study, the predictive abilities of two statistical models, Logistic regression (LR) model and Geographically Weighted logistic regression (GWLR) model, were compared. As a case study, a data set collected for nine relevant causative factors over the period from 1986 to 2014 was taken from Badulla district, Sri Lanka, which is highly affected by landslides. The performance of each model was tested by using the Area under the curve (AUC) value of Receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC), and the GWLR model was selected as the best fitted model. The probabilities obtained for each pixel in the study area using the selected model were classified into three classes (Low, Medium and High) based on standard deviation method in GIS software. Finally, a landslide susceptibility map was generated related to the above three classes, from which high risk areas can be identified to take necessary actions.
How to Cite: Jayasinghe, G. J. M. S. R., Wijekoon, P., & Gunatilake, J. (2017). Landslide susceptibility assessment using statistical models: A case study in Badulla district, Sri Lanka . Ceylon Journal of Science , 46 ( 4 ) , 27–41 . DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v46i4.7466
Published on 12 Dec 2017.
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