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ESurf | Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 903-922, 2018
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Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 903-922, 2018
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Research article 10 Oct 2018

Research article | 10 Oct 2018

Initial insights from a global database of rainfall-induced landslide inventories: the weak influence of slope and strong influence of total storm rainfall

Odin Marc et al.
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Rainfall-induced landslides cause significant damage and fatality worldwide, but we have few...