The Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Technologies in Generation of Information Used to Mitigate Risks from Landslide Disasters: An Application Review

Ameria Nabukonde

School of Sciences, Nkumba University, P.O.Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda.

Alex Barakagira *

School of Sciences, Nkumba University, P.O.Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda and Faculty of Science, Kyambogo University, P.O.Box 1, Kyambogo, Uganda.

Dammalie Akwango

National Agricultural Research Organization, P.O.Box 295, Entebbe, Uganda.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Landslides, whether induced by nature, or human activities, are one of the most prominent disasters which are of great concern in the world. They cause a lot of havoc to the environment hence a necessity to avoid them whenever possible. This literature review is basically aimed at finding out how Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies are used in avoiding landslides and risks associated with them at different levels; Challenges encountered while using GIS and RS techniques for landslide disaster risk reduction are identified; and therefore, dealing with them requires the involvement of developed countries who have the capacity to provide the necessary equipment to the developing countries that are faced with disasters. This study discusses the use of GIS and RS in mitigation of risks from landslides, and mainly points out how these techniques are applied to avoid disaster risks.  Secondary data was reviewed from journal articles, institutional reports, and online publications from similar studies. GIS and RS tools are important in predicting, monitoring and managing landslide disasters.  It was concluded that GIS and RS tools provide cheaper, reliable, and faster techniques of accessing spatial data in a given area, therefore regarded as essential technologies that may be necessary for predicting landslide occurrences, these technologies need to be considered in communities which are prone to landslides.

Keywords: Geographical information system, landslides, landslide disaster risk reduction, spatial data, remote sensing

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Nabukonde , A., Barakagira , A., & Akwango , D. (2023). The Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Technologies in Generation of Information Used to Mitigate Risks from Landslide Disasters: An Application Review. Archives of Current Research International, 23(2), 43–49.


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