In response to landslides that took place in 2015, the Sitka Sound Science Center has created a tool for forecasting landslides in the Sitka region of Baranof Island. The landslide warning system launched in the format of a “Landslide Dashboard” web page in the Spring of 2022.
The forecasting system provides real-time data from 10 rain gauges and 3 soil moisture monitoring stations. NWS forecasts and real-time data are inputs for a statistical model that produces a hazard forecast. Landslide risk is then presented as either “high,” “medium,” or “low,” depending on the model results.