2nd SUMMER SCHOOL - Multi-risk Assessment of Alpine Environment


Società Geologica Italiana

Crodo (VB, Italy) 10-13 July 2018

After the positive experience of the Summer School held in 2017 in the area of Monte Bianco, the initiative is also proposed for 2018. The topic chosen this year is "Multi risk assessment of alpine environment," i.e., the synoptic characterization of natural risks in the mountain environment.

The fragility of mountain areas and their sensitivity to climate change, land use and management are becoming more evident. The exposure of population and infrastructures to natural hazards is also increasing.

Floods, landslides, debris flows, and avalanches are examples of phenomena that are expected to affect mountainous areas with increasing frequency and intensity due to climate change. In this context, systemic attention regarding hazards, vulnerability, and resulting risk assessment is needed.

The educational and field activities will take place in the Ossola region (northern part of Piedmont region) and its valleys, which represent an operating environment suitable for multi-risk analysis and an exemplary context in the European panorama.

The variety of landscapes (from Monte Rosa to Valle Formazza, from Devero and Veglia alps to Maggiore and Orta lakes) and the numerous exogenous processes that characterize this territory represent particular aspects of the entire Alpine sector, in scientific, application and risk prevention terms.

Topographical and ecological heterogeneity determine a variety of environments, characterized by heterogeneous human settlements and infrastructures, and subjected to different types of natural hazards that produce a varied set of vulnerabilities.

The primary objective of this school is to provide an experience related to the use of modern technologies of observation and mapping of the environment and natural processes (drones, low-cost photogrammetric systems, remote- and proximal sensing).

The focus will be dedicated not only to space/territory and its different scales but also to time.

The territory of Ossola offers a significant benefit: the possibility to link new technologies with the memories witnessing to the signs and the efforts of those who lived in the mountains for centuries, experiencing their evolution.

Field Trips to:

  • Belvedere glacier
  • Landslides of the Ossola Region

D. Giordan; M. Chiarle; L. Turconi (CNR IRPI)
R. Seppi; M.Barbolini; F. Zucca (Università di Pavia)
O. Monserrat; G. Luzi (CTTC)
A. Cina (Politecnico di Torino)
E. Zanoletti (GeoExplora)
I. Bollati (Università di Milano)
A. Tamburini (IMAGEO)

No registration fee is required.

The accomodation is not included

Candidates should send an email to:
niccolo.dematteis@irpi.cnr.it or aldo.bertone01@universitadipavia.it


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