CNR-IRPI was at the 10th FMGM2018 in Rio de Janeiro


Paolo Allasia and Danilo Godone represented CNR – IRPI at the 10th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics – FMGM2018 (July 17-20, 2018) in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

During the session “Slope Stability, Dam Safety and Civil Tunneling” the Robotized Inclinometer System was presented to the audience in a speech entitled “Deep Displacements Measured With a Robotized Inclinometer System”.

Link to web site of the event:


Summer School 2018: “Multi-Risk Assessment of Alpine Environment”, the case study of northern Piedmont (NW Italy)


The Summer School, which was held in Val d’Ossola (Piedmont), was dedicated to the study of natural risks in alpine environment. This school was organized by the CNR IRPI, the Doctoral School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia and the CTTC (Center Tecnològic Telecommunication Catalunya of Barcelona, ​​Spain).
The course took place from the 10th until 13th July 2018. It included two days of lectures and two full-day field trips, which goal was to illustrate the main geomorphological processes of this area, related risks and possible systems for monitoring and risk mitigation.
Thanks to the hospitality of the Aree Protette dell’ Ossola the lectures took place in friendly and well-equipped geological laboratory “Gian Battista Castiglioni”.
The main topics of the two field trips were a description of dynamics of high altitude zones by excursion to the Belvedere glacier (Macugnaga) and of large landslides by guided trip in order to discover a series of case studies along the path from Ponte Val Formazza to Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso (Orta Lake).
This Summer School attracted many PhD students, concluding in 22 participants from Italy, Switzerland, Greece and England.
PhD students had an opportunity to learn in detail various risks that may characterize this territory, such as avalanches or other phenomena of high mountains (rockslides, instabilities affecting glaciers and debris flows). In addition, they learnt about tools developed to study such phenomena and to reduce their impact on a society, such as dendrochronology, use of UAVs and satellite techniques.

Group photo in front of Parco delle Terme di Crodo office

Field trip lesson on the moraine edge of Belvedere glacier

news-giordan-summer-school-2018-Ghiacciaio del Belvedere - foto gruppo davanti al Lago delle Locce
Belvedere glacier – Group photo with Locce Lake in the back

Madonna del Sasso – Group photo with Orta Lake in the back

Un articolo firmato IRPI tra i più influenti del 2017 su ‘Landslides’


L’articolo “Definition and performance of a threshold-based regional early warning model for rainfall-induced landslides” di Stefano Luigi Gariano, Massimo Melillo, Maria Teresa Brunetti, Silvia Peruccacci e Fausto Guzzetti del CNR-IRPI e Luca Piciullo e Michele Calvello dell’Università di Salerno è fra i più influenti articoli del 2017 pubblicati sulla rivista Landslides.

La pubblicazione potrà essere scaricata gratuitamente fino al 31 agosto al seguente link:


Angelica Tarpanelli, researcher at IRPI, is guest by the NASA JPL


From June 4 to August 17, Angelica Tarpanelli, researcher at the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of Perugia, is invited by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA, in Pasadena, California (USA) to perform research on the estimation of river discharge through satellite remote sensing. The ongoing collaboration involves the development of algorithms for the use of the sensor on board the new Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission, specifically designed for monitoring inland waters, which will be launched in 2021.


Rainfall from space, we just published the new rainfall dataset SM2RAIN-CCI


A new and improved version of our satellite-based #SM2RAIN-CCI global rainfall dataset was just published on Zenodo.
18-year of daily rainfall at 0.25° resolution from 1998 to 2015. Available for free.

Here you can find the dataset »

Here the paper describing the dataset » 

Here the use of the dataset for flood modelling in the Mediterranean Basin » 

On Twitter the animation of annual rainfall from 1998 to 2015 »

CNR-IRPI attending IEEE I2MTC in Houston (Texas)

CNR – IRPI was at the IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (May 14-17, 2018) in Houston (Texas). Luca Schenato and co-workers from the Padova branch and the University of Padova, presented a memory entitled “On the use of OFDR for high-spatial resolution strain measurements in mechanical and
geotechnical engineering” at the special session devoted to Optical Fiber Sensors and their applications.

The sea storm of March 21, 2018 on the Calabrian Tyrrhenian coast


The report deals with the storm that on March 21, 2018 hit the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, with wind up 70 km/h causing sea waves 6 – 7 meters high. The first part of the report contains news from press and websites concerning damage caused by the sea. The second part contains the results of on-site surveys carried out by IRPI-Cosenza staff in the most affected placed.
The storm mainly damaged tourist and commercial structures. About 5 million euros of damage were estimated to cultivated fields, especially to the typical “Tropea onion”, cultivated between Lamezia Terme and Campora San Giovanni

The report is available at the following link »

Autors: Angela Aurora Pasqua, Claudia Bruno, Salvatore Guardia, Enzo Valente, Olga Petrucci


Marco Cavalli at the UACh – Valdivia (Chile)


From 17 to 27 April 2018, the IRPI researcher Marco Cavalli was hosted at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), with which IRPI has signed a MoU, as part of the bilateral project Italy-Chile CONICYT / ITAL170004 “Volcanic eruption vs. human impact: a comparative analysis between natural and artificial morphological changes along gravel bed rivers in Chile and Italy. Learning from different impacts to better manage the affected riverine environments”.

The project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT), intends to study the morphological evolution of channels in basins affected by volcanic eruptions and anthropic impacts for a better understanding of sediment transport processes and related risk management.

The activity, carried out in collaboration with Prof. Andrés Iroumé of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources (UACh), Prof. Bruno Mazzorana of the Faculty of Sciences (UACh) and Dr. Lorenzo Picco of the University of Padua, conisted in field surveys in Chilean basins affected by volcanic eruptions and undergoing monitoring activities, and meetings aimed at planning joint research lines for the study of sediment dynamics through the application of geomorphometric techniques.

During the visit, Marco Cavalli held a seminar in the postgraduate course in Geomorfologia Fluvial Avanzada – CITI308 – curriculum of “Magister en Ciencias – Mencion Recursos Hidricos”.

An article containing an interview with Marco Cavalli has been published on the UACh website and can be viewed at the following link:

L’IRPI a Foligno alla Festa della Scienza e Filosofia


In occasione dell’ VIII Festa della Scienza e Filosofia, che si sta tenendo a Foligno, nella giornata di domani – sabato 28 aprile – alcuni rappresentanti dell’Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica saranno presenti presso lo stand del CNR, sito nel chiostro di Palazzo Trinci.



An IRPI paper among the top 100 read Earth sciences papers for Scientific Reports in 2017


The Research article ‘Distributed optical fibre sensing for early detection of shallow landslides triggering’ authored by Luca Schenato and Alessandro Pasuto from IRPI Padova and co-workers from the University of Padova, has been selected as one of the top 100 read Earth sciences papers for Scientific Reports in 2017. As specified in the honor communication, “Scientific Reports published more than 1500 Earth sciences papers in 2017, and so a position in the top 100 most highly read articles is an extraordinary achievement – your science is of real value to the research community.”

link1: (link to the paper)

link2: (link to the Top 100 list)