Research groups

IRPI scientists organize themselves in thematic, multi-disciplinary research groups, including: Geoclimalp, Geo-monitoring, GeomorphologyGroundwater, Hydrogeomorphology, Hydrology, Karst and Geo-Risks Management groups.

Geoclimalp group

The geoclimalp group (GEOmorphological impacts of CLIMate change in the ALPs) is a research group of the CNR-IRPI established with the intent to deepen and improve the knowledge on the role of climate change in the morphogenesis of the alpine environment in general and of high-altitude environments in particular. The geological-morphological and climatic-hydrologic research fields are the main ones to be integrated in the scientific activities of the research group.
General objective: Carry out organic and integrated researches on the interaction between climate change and geomorphological dynamics in the alpine environment, with specific reference to natural instability resulting therefrom.
HeadquartersTorino office

Geo-monitoring group

The geo-monitoring group includes engineers, geologists and technicians engaged in the development, testing and the application of tools, technologies and methods for monitoring landslides, and slope and fluvial processes. The unit is equipped with state-of the-art instruments for topographic monitoring, including an airborne Lidar.
HeadquartersTorino office

Geomorphology group

The geomorphology group consists of geologists, engineers and physicists who develop and test methods and tools for the identification and mapping of landslides, for the landslide susceptibility and hazard assessment, and for the definition of landslide and flood risk to the population of Italy. The group operates SANF, a prototype early warning system for the operational forecasting of rainfall-induced landslides in Italy. The system is being tested the Italian National Department of Civil Protection. The group also maintains POLARIS, a web portal on landslide and flood risk to the population of Italy.
Headquarters: Perugia office

Groundwater group

The groundwater group consists of experts, civil and chemical engineers, geologists, and statisticians, which execute study and R&D activities, on-site surveys and laboratories measurements, numerical modelling, geostatistical analyses on groundwater. Topics include: groundwater discharge works; groundwater protection from quality and quantity degradation risks; groundwater resources management, considering climate change and saltwater intrusion, in the case of coastal aquifer; aquifer vulnerability, groundwater pollution and remediation; interaction between groundwater and underground or shallow engineering works, for any purpose, including tunnels and waste management, and effects on land stability.
Headquarters: Bari office

Hydrogeomorphology group

The hydrogeomorphology group studies landforms and geomorphic processes related to hydrology in mountainous basins. Research topics include debris-flow monitoring in instrumented catchments, geomorphometric analysis on high-resolution digital terrain models for hydrologic and sediment dynamics characterization, sediment sources identification and characterization, post-event documentation and analysis of geomorphic effects of flash floods, and development of GIS and open source applications for computing geomorphometric indices.
Headquarters: Padova office

Hydrology group

The hydrology group consists of engineers and technicians that investigate meteo-hydrological processes at all geographical scales, from the local to the global scale. The group studies the processes of the formation of the floods, develops and tests tools and models for hydro-meteorological monitoring, the estimation of the soil water content, and for flood hazard assessment and risk evaluation. Operational models developed by the hydrology group operate in civil protection centres.
Headquarters: Perugia office

Karst group

The Karst group consists of geologists, engineers and technicians who develop and test methods and tools for the identification and analysis of natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst, and their monitoring, aimed at mitigation of the related risks. The Karst group evaluates sinkhole susceptibility and hazard, manages emergency situations due to sinkhole occurrence, performs geotechnical modelling of instability processes in underground settings, the degradation of the surface and subsurface karst landscape, the pollution of karst aquifers, and the analysis of floods in karst environment.
Headquarters: Bari office

Geo-Risks Management Group

The group offers a multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of geotechnics, geomorphology, geoinformatics, environmental engineering and monitoring. The processing of satellite images, implementation of numerical models and the development of innovative sensors based on fiber optics are just some of the many examples on which the group is active in the monitoring of slopes and unstable structures. Among the services that the group provides there are the monitoring of geological risk phenomena, with the purpose of early warning and alarm, the implementation of numerical models to describe their evolution, in both short and long term, and the design of countermeasure-works for mitigation.
Headquarters: Padova office