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Database of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs)–IPL project No. 179

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Vilímek Vít, Emmer Adam, Huggel Christian, Schaub Yvonne, Würmli Sara,
Project New lakes in deglaciating high-mountain areas: climate-related development and challenges for sustainable use
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Landslides
Volume (Issue) 11(1)
Page(s) 161-165
Title of proceedings Landslides
DOI 10.1007/s10346-013-0448-7


This article summarises activities and preliminary results of the International Programme on Landslides projectno. 179 “Database of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs)”. This project is planned for 3years (2013–2015); themain objectives of the first year are (1) to create an online database and (2) to select collaborating partners. A survey of existing and relevant documents, information and organisations has been initiated along with the creation of a website ( and the establishment of international collaboration. The first preliminary results show regional differences in various attributes of GLOF events (e.g. triggers, chronological distribution). These differences should be taken into consideration in regionally focused methods of hazard assessment, mitigation and consequently risk management