The RIST2 project is starting


The researches at high-elevation sites continues, thanks to the RiST2 project (co-financed by Fondazione CRT of Torino). The study area is the Bessanese glacial basin. The main research activities consist in the continuation of studies on the relation between climate variability and morphodynamic processes, with particular reference to the role of temperature and the thermal properties of geological materials (e.g. rock, debris, water). The use of micro data logger metrologically referenced and with known uncertainty of measurements allows an innovative approach towards the studied topics.

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Research project to develop early landslip warning systems to be undertaken


Articolo web – del 20 dicembre 2017 – dal sito, inerente il progetto LANDSLIP (al quale partecipa anche l’IRPI CNR) e il secondo “Consortium meeting” svoltosi dall’11 al 15 dicembre 2107 in Coimbatore, India.

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Published the technical guidance document on assessment of glacier and permafrost hazards


Published the technical guidance document on assessment of glacier and permafrost hazards in mountain regions. The document comes after an intensive process and effort within the GAPHAZ (Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains) scientific standing group of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and the International Permafrost Association (IPA).
The IRPI researcher Marta Chiarle from the GeoClimAlp research group contributed to the drafting of the document.


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Al via LANDSLIP Consortium Meeting


Iniziato oggi, 11 dicembre 2017, in Coimbatore, India, il secondo “Consortium meeting” inerente il progetto LANDSLIP – Landslide multi-hazard risk assessment, preparedness and early warning in South Asia integrating meteorology, landscape and society – e proseguirà fino a domani. Tra i membri del gruppo di progetto partecipano i ricercatori dell’IRPI, Alessandro Mondini, Mauro Rossi, Maria Teresa Brunetti, Ivan Marchesini e Silvia Peruccacci. Questo incontro segna un passo ancora in avanti nella collaborazione dell’Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica con le varie realtà asiatiche e internazionali in materia di prevenzione dal rischio da frana.

Foto dei partecipanti al Meeting

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UAV FIXED WING CNR IRPI: aerial RGB and multispectral survey of Ponzano landslide


The CNR IRPI Geohazard Monitoring Group (GMG) on june of present year carried out an aerial multipurpose survey of an area interested by a landslide reactivation phenomenon over the village of Ponzano (center Italy – Abruzzo district).

The activitiy was performed using an RPAS fixed wing developed by the GMG  equipped with an RGB mirrorless camera and a 5-band multispectral sensor.

The survey; 4,2 square kilometres big; demonstrates the potential of this aircraft,  which allows the simultaneous mapping of RGB and multispectral areas affected by instability, making it possible to characterize areas with high humidity index not detectable with optical images.

Figure 1: sensors bay and aircraft during multispectral calibration process.

Figure 2: multiband image comparison of and area affected by an high humidity index.


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On 1st December 2017 the activities of the R&D Project “SMoRI” have begun. The project is funded by means of POR Calabria 2014-2020


IRPI is one of the Scientific Partners of the Research&Development Project “SMoRI – Smart Monitoring of basins under high geo-hydrological risk conditions” . The project is funded by Regione Calabria, by means of  POR CALABRIA FESR-FSE 2014-2020 – Line I Promotion of Research and Innovation, Specific Objective 1.2, Action 1.2.2.

The aim of the R&D project is to design and implement an integrated system for monitoring the phenomena determining high geo-hydrological risk conditions. The system will implement a multi-component methodology aimed at monitoring, both in a separate and a synergic way, the several phenomena, by means of sensors that can measure the parameters useful for assessing the risk. The activities will be supported by the specialist skills relating to transmission and security protocols.

The Project SMoRI is carried out by a partnership composed of three Private Companies (SIRFIN SPA – leader -, MARIGENTECH SRL, PROGESIST SRL), two CNR Institutes (IRPI e ISAC) and two Departments of the University of Calabria (Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences).

The CNR-IRPI Unit of the project is coordinated by Roberto Coscarelli  (office of Cosenza).

The project has a 18-month duration.

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Optical Fibers to mitigate the geo-hydrological hazard


The project DOMINO – Dikes and debris flows monitoring by novel optical fiber sensors – to which the IRPI’s PADOVA branch takes part, is one of the projects highlighted in “Research and Innovation” section of the magazine Platinum Aziende & Protagonisti of Il Sole 24 ORE. During the interview, the coordinator of the project, prof. Luca Palmieri, and the head of the IRPI team in the project, dr Alessandro Pasuto, said, “We have started from real needs, from territorial emergencies recorded in recent years: we are scientific partners and we will then have to support the public stakeholders such as Civil Protection, to tackle the increasingly frequent hazards”.

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La Resilienza delle Città d’Arte ai disastri naturali in Umbria, Toscana e Marche


Si terrà a Palazzo Cesaroni, sede della Assemblea Legislativa della Regione dell’Umbria, lunedì 11 dicembre 2017, un convegno sulla Resilienza delle Città d’Arte ai Disastri Naturali che, partendo dalle linee guida tracciate dall’UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction), si concentrerà sulla situazione italiana per comprenderne le necessità in termini di prevenzione e tutela del patrimonio artistico.

Parteciperà alla tavola rotonda prevista durante il convegno anche il Direttore dell’IRPI CNR Fasuto Guzzetti. Durante il convegno verrà presentato il Centro di Competenze Integrate per la Promozione della Resilienza delle Città d’Arte ai Disastri Naturali in Umbria, Toscana, Marche, CERHER (Centre of Resilience on Heritage).

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Giulia Bossi premiata per la presentazione al congresso Challenges in Geotechnical Engineering


Nell’ambito della seconda conferenza internazionale Challenges in Geotechnical Engineering, patrocinata dell’International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) e svoltasi a Kyiv (Ucraina) il 20-22 novembre 2017, Giulia Bossi, assegnista dell’IRPI della sede secondaria di Padova, ha ricevuto un premio per la miglior presentazione orale in sessione plenaria. Il premio è stato assegnato anche ai coautori del contributo “A monitoring network to measure the cracks in a tunnel subject to shear deformation induced by a landslide” i ricercatori IRPI della sede secondaria di Padova Luca Schenato e Gianluca Marcato.

Il CNR IRPI alla VI° Edizione dell’Incontro delle Commissioni di Ingegneria Geotecnica, Seminario d’aggiornamento “Ingegneria Geotecnica Monitoraggio, Pendii, Dighe”


Giulia Bossi e Luca Schenato della sede di Padova di IRPI sono stato invitato a presentare due contributi al Seminario d’aggiornamento INGEGNERIA GEOTECNICA MONITORAGGIO, PENDII, DIGHE nell’ambito della VI° Edizione dell’Incontro delle Commissioni di Ingegneria Geotecnica che si è tenuta a Bolzano, il 30 Novembre 2017. La dott.ssa Bossi ha presentato un contributo dal titolo “Confronto tra modelli numerici bidimensionali e tridimensionali per l’analisi di stabilità di frane a geometria complessa” mentre il dott. Schenato ha presentato un contributo dal titolo “Sistemi di monitoraggio in fibra ottica per applicazioni geotecniche e di ingegneria civile: principi e applicazioni”.

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