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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Landslide mitigation of Urbanized Slopes for Sustainable Growth

Alternative title: Landslide mitigation of Urbanized Slopes for Sustainable Growth

Awarded: NOK 4.3 mill.

Climate trends have caused the society to witness frequent, large-scale geohazards events, such as landslides, snow avalanches, and debris flows worldwide. While Norway is landslide prone country, China is the country with the most landslides- in the world. Each year huge amount of property and human lives are lost due to landslides worldwide. In the context of landslide risk evaluations, there are number of initiative ongoing in Hong Kong and Norway. The competence and areas of interests of NTNU, HKUST and HKU are complementary. Partners are at the forefront of research and education related to landslides/slope stability. Therefore, collaboration with HKUST and HKU will increase the outreach of the activities related to education, research and innovation related to landslide risk mitigation. This project is closely connected with SFI Klima2050 financed by the Research Council of Norway.

LIFELONG project deals with knowledge transfer through joint education and research activities between NTNU, HKUST and HKU. The topic of collaboration is landslide mitigation urbanized slopes. In the context of climate change, the topics is of highest relevance for Norway and China. LIFELONG is an initiative to internationalise the efforts that is being made by SFI KLIMA2050. The overall idea of the LIFELONG is to combine the efforts that is being made by the partners to support impactful research and education on the topics: Innovative and environmentally sustainable methods for landslide mitigation, Real time early warning system for shallow landslides at a regional or local scale will be included. Application of IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) to interact with the environment that will reduce the landslide risks with advanced technology for real-time monitoring of landslides. These topics are selected to increase the understanding among planners and decision makers of the process creating the landslides and impact of preventive measures. LIFELONG will also contribute to move focus from repair to mitigation investments to reduce risk of life and health and save direct and indirect societal costs.The project is a comprehensive education and training program to link cutting-edge, innovative, high-tech research with tangible examples from the natural world of a student or researcher-in-training. This will inspire students and encourage them to learn about the earth, soils, artificial materials and how to design sustainable engineering projects on landslide prone areas. The projects outreach programs are designed to captivate a diverse group of student and engineers and will foster interest in the interdependence between societal well-being, the engineered infrastructure and the natural world. LIFELONG will contribute to e.g. UNs SDG Targets 6.6, 9.1 and 11 dealing with water triggered hazards and urban planning.

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