The landslides you report with Landslide Reporter are shared with you and the world. The Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository (COOLR) is openly accessible on Landslide Viewer and can be downloaded or referenced using its API. When using COOLR for your research, please cite the repository with the citations listed below.

Using the Application

Landslide Viewer is the portal to visualize the data from the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository (COOLR). You can access Landslide Viewer at Data visualized include citizen science landslide reports, Global Landslide Catalog data, and other landslide inventory data. You can customize the map view by selecting different layers with landslide and environmental information. You can also download all landslide data or get the ArcGIS REST API for in-depth analysis from the portal.

For more information on how to navigate Landslide Viewer, click here.

Citing the data

Landslide Reporter Catalog (LRC)

If you use the citizen science data submitted through Landslide Reporter or the COOLR methods in your research publication, we request that you reference the publication below:

  • Juang CS, Stanley TA, and Kirschbaum DB (2019) Using citizen science to expand the global map of landslides: Introducing the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository (COOLR). PLOS ONE 14(7): e0218657. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218657
Global Landslide Catalog (GLC)

If you use the NASA Global Landslide Catalog (GLC) in your research publication, we request that you reference the GLC using the publications below:

  • Kirschbaum, D.B., Stanley, T., & Zhou, Y. (2015). Spatial and temporal analysis of a global landslide catalog. Geomorphology, 249, 4-15. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.03.016
  • Kirschbaum, D.B., Adler, R., Hong, Y., Hill, S., & Lerner-Lam, A. (2010). A global landslide catalog for hazard applications: method, results, and limitations. Natural Hazards, 52, 561-575. doi:10.1007/s11069-009-9401-4

Collated inventories from external sources

If you use any of the other inventories that are added manually to COOLR, you can find the citation information on the Downloadable Products page in Landslide Viewer. Click the "Download the full Landslide Catalog" link at the top of Landslide Viewer, then download the .csv file for "COOLR Sources and Citations".

Download COOLR data onto your system

The Cooperative Open Online Landslide Inventory (COOLR) can be downloaded from Landslide Viewer by clicking on the link “Download the full Landslide Catalog” at the top of the application. A new window will open with the information for downloading the GLC and the option to save it to your computer as a file geodatabase (.gdb), shapefile (.shp), or comma-separated values (.csv) file. You can also create and download maps of the Landslide Viewer screen using the Print option in the top right-hand menu in Landslide Viewer.

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Below, the video illustrates how to download COOLR from Landslide Viewer. The How-To Guide goes more in-depth on how to download and export the .gdb version of COOLR to ArcMap or QGIS.

Download the inventory from Landslide Viewer

How-to Guide

Download and Export COOLR

The Download and Export Guide gives more information about how to download COOLR, how to open the dataset as a .gdb in ArcMap or QGIS, and how to convert the data to a comma-separated file (.csv) from ArcMap or QGIS.

Reference COOLR using the ArcGIS REST API

Get the REST API from Landslide Viewer

The Cooperative Open Online Landslide Inventory (COOLR) can be added to any ArcGIS Map or Web App with the ArcGIS REST API. The REST API is a live version of COOLR for your map that contains the most recent data, rather than a static copy like the downloadable version. Every time the data is updated on our servers, the data will be automatically updated on your map. The REST API is hosted by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

Access the REST API through Landslide Viewer. When in Landslide Viewer, open the Layer List and navigate to the layer you want to add. Click on the small arrow next to the desired layer. Click on "Description", or click on "Show Item Details">click on the link underneath "Layers". Either of these actions will bring you to the ArcGIS REST Services Directory where you will find more information about the layer you want to add to add to your map, and the URL that you will need to include to add the layer. More information can be found on the ArcGIS REST API Developers website.

The video below illustrates how to get the REST API from Landslide Viewer for the Landslide Points layer.

Get the ArcGIS REST API and add it to a new web map

External inventories referenced by COOLR

Here is a list of the inventories added to Landslide Viewer through their ArcGIS REST API. If you use any of these inventories, please check the respective websites for how to properly cite the data.

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