The First North American Conference on Landslides was held in Vail, Colorado, on June 3-8, 2007. Consisting of four days of technical presentations and one day devoted to technical field excursions, the Conference had two major themes - "Monitoring & Management of Slopes & Landslides" and "Evaluation & Control of Landslides." These themes included a variety of topics that emphasized latest developments and practical experiences across the entire spectrum of landslide management and mitigation issues - including scientific, technological, engineering design, and socioeconomic aspects. The technical excursions provided field examples supporting many of these topics.
The Conference technical program was organized to address four topics:
- Landslides in the Americas
- Landslides and Society
- Mapping and Stabilizing Landslides
- Risk Assessment and Loss-Reduction Strategies
This volume consists of 17 Keynote and Invited papers presented at morning plenary sessions by noted landslide-hazard researchers and practitioners. A companion CD-ROM volume (Schaefer et al., 2007), Special Publication #23, contains noteworthy volunteered papers presented in afternoon technical sessions. Most authors are from North America, but several are from Asia, Europe, and South America. A second CD-ROM (Noe and Coe, 2007), Special Publication #21, contains the reports developed to support the multiple field excursions undertaken in conjunction with the Conference.