Prof David Petley has covered the technical aspects of the landslides in a series of articles posted day wise on his blog here
About Project SHAMROCC
(Sensing with High Accuracy in Mountainous Regions for Observations of Climate Change) involves participation of experts in various disciplines from
the UK and India for the development of a Landslide Prediction System in the
form of low-cost high density sensor networks and computer systems to be
installed in specific landslide prone zones of Kalimpong.
Kalimpong was selected from among a number of areas for installation of the prototype equipment on
the basis of historical landslides that have claimed lives/damaged
infrastructure as well as on the availability of broad band internet in
the close vicinity.
SaveTheHills (STH), a Kalimpong-based NGO which has
been working on landslide hazards for the past 8yrs actively collaborated with
the project in this regard.
Further, the team installed two internet based automatic
weather stations in Kalimpong which will provide real time weather data to SHAMROCC scientists both in the UK and India in order to observe,
firsthand the effects of climate change and shifting rainfall patterns in the
Darjeeling Himalayas. This AWS data on Kalimpong is available here and is updated every 60secs.
It is hoped that the study will make landslide prediction feasible and
accurate and the lessons learnt from this project can be applied to other regions including the UK as
Project SHAMROCC comes under the aegis of UKIERI (UK-India Education and
Research Initiative) and is funded by the British Council.
My grateful thanks to the entire SHAMROCC team for their visit and the time that they spent in Kalimpong. It was wonderful.