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Il Gruppo Gestione dei Rischi Geologici partecipa ad un nuovo progetto

Il Geo-Risk Management Group partecipa al progetto “Numerical simulation and risk analysis of landslide hazard chains in high-mountain Asia considering the effects of global climate change” finanziato dall’ANSO (Alliance of International Science Organizations) e coordinato dal Prof. Gongdan Zhou dell’Insitute of Mountain Hazard and Environment (IMHE), CAS e del Sino-Italian Joint Laboratory on Geological and Hydrological Hazard di Chengdu. Oltre all’IRPI e all’IMHE partecipano al consorzio di ricerca l’ICIMOD (Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Pakistan) con la dott.ssa Mandira Singh Shrestha e la Technical University of Munich con il Prof. Shiva P. Pudasaini.
Il progetto si ripropone di investigare i processi di instabilità in ambiente proglaciale e periglaciale con particolare attenzione ai fenomeni di sbarramento e ai possibili conseguenti “outburst floods” nelle regioni più elevate dell’Asia, attraverso rilievi diretti, modellazione fisica e numerica. Il risultato finale sarà un modello dinamico multirischio con lo sviluppo di un software per l’analisi del rischio e la sua mitigazione nei settori interessati dal progetto “Belt and Road Initiative”.

Il contributo del Cnr-Irpi al sistema paese per la mitigazione dei rischi geo-idrologici

Venerdì 26 novembre si è concluso il workshop dell’Istituto di ricerca per la protezione idrogeologica, Cnr-Irpi, dal titolo “Il contributo del Cnr-Irpi al sistema paese per la mitigazione dei rischi geo-idrologici”, organizzato presso la Sala convegni della sede del Cnr in piazzale Aldo Moro a Roma in occasione dei 50 anni di attività dell’Istituto. A seguito dell’alluvione di Firenze del 1966, nel novembre del 1970, vennero istituite le prime tre sedi autonome del Cnr-Irpi, a Perugia, Torino e Cosenza, e alle quali si sono aggiunte negli anni successivi quelle di Bari e di Padova. Dal 2001 le sedi autonome sono state riunite in un unico istituto con sede centrale a Perugia alla quale si affiancano le altre quattro sedi.

Il workshop, inaugurato ieri 25 novembre, si è articolato in 4 sessioni tematiche che, tra interventi in presenza e in remoto, si sono susseguite nelle due giornate. La prima è stata dedicata alle tecnologie e ai sistemi per il monitoraggio e la previsione dei fenomeni geo-idrologici, la seconda alle ricerche svolte per la caratterizzazione e l’analisi dei processi che sono alla base della formazione dei fenomeni geo-idrologici. La terza e corposa sessione ha indirizzato gli avanzamenti fatti nei settori che abbracciano la valutazione della pericolosità geo-idrologica, la stima dei possibili impatti e la definizione delle misure di mitigazione dei rischi in un contesto di cambiamento globale. La quarta sessione è stata dedicata al tema della comunicazione dei rischi geo-idrologici e delle relative incertezze, comunicazione che si rivolge non solo agli addetti ai lavori, ma anche a un più ampio pubblico con la finalità di sensibilizzare i cittadini alle problematiche del dissesto geo-idrologico.

Alcuni dei ricercatori e dei tecnologi Irpi protagonisti dell’evento

Le sessioni hanno rappresentato le molteplici attività svolte dall’Istituto, la cui missione è quella di promuovere l’avanzamento della conoscenza sui processi che sono alla base della formazione dei rischi geo-idrologici al fine di individuare misure adeguate per la protezione territoriale e ambientale, e nonché per lo sfruttamento sostenibile delle geo-risorse. Sono stati presentati i risultati finora ottenuti dall’Istituto nel campo del monitoraggio e della previsione dei fenomeni geo-idrologici, nella determinazione del loro impatto al suolo e della mitigazione e nonché dell’effetto del cambiamento climatico su tali fenomeni.

I lavori sono stati aperti nella mattina del 25 novembre dal direttore dell’Istituto, Tommaso Moramarco, che ha poi lasciato la parola ai suoi predecessori, Lucio Ubertini, Fausto Guzzetti e Alessandro Pasuto. Gli interventi successivi del presidente della Commissione grandi rischi, Gabriele Scarascia Mugnozza, e del direttore del Dipartimento scienze del sistema terra e tecnologie per l’ambiente del Cnr, Fabio Trincardi, hanno evidenziato il ruolo chiave dell’istituto nella ricerca sui rischi geo-idrologici, a livello nazionale ed internazionale.

“Nei suoi 50 anni di attività l’Irpi ha contribuito alla sicurezza geo-idrologica del nostro Paese favorendo adeguate misure di mitigazione del rischio, mediante l’avanzamento della conoscenza sui processi che sono alla base dei fenomeni naturali potenzialmente pericolosi”, queste le parole con le quali il Direttore ha aperto il discorso di inaugurazione. Il discorso ha poi toccato i vari momenti della vita dell’istituto e il suo ruolo nella ricerca internazionale, ricordando anche gli sforzi messi in campo a supporto delle amministrazioni impegnate sia nella pianificazione che nella gestione territoriale. Infine l’ingegnere Moramarco ha sottolineato il ruolo centrale dell’istituto quale Centro di competenza del Dipartimento nazionale della protezione civile sui rischi geo-idrologici, ed in particolare sul rischio da frana e da inondazione.

Modelling seasonal variation of gully erosion at the catchment scale. A new study published on “Earth Surface Processes and Landforms” Journal

The article, titled “Modelling seasonal variation of gully erosion at the catchment scale” has been recently published in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The study proposes a method for integrating remote sensing data from the ESA Sentinel-2 mission and the LANDPLANER modelling tool developed by Mauro Rossi, to predict the spatial and temporal occurrence of gully erosion phenomena. The study investigates the seasonal conditions responsible for the triggering of such phenomena at the basin scale using different erosion modelling schemas. The results show how the occurrence of erosion phenomena in the studied region changes seasonally, and that the proposed method was able to effectively discriminate the spatial and temporal occurrences of such phenomena. The proposed method can be applied to regions with similar characteristics around the world, even where there is limited data availability. The study was developed under the Project “SAPERE – Space Advanced projectExcellence in Research and Enterprise” and Project BIOESSaNS “Biodiversity and ecosystem services in SacredNatural Sites”, both funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

Citation: Agostini, M., Mondini, A.C., Torri, D. & Rossi, M. (2021) Modelling seasonal variation of gully erosionat the catchment scale. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms,1–23. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5259.

Web linkshttps://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5259

50 anni di attività dell’Istituto di Ricerca par la Protezione Idrogeologica

In occasione del suo cinquantesimo anno di attività, l’Istituto di Ricerca par la Protezione Idrogeologica del CNR (IRPI CNR), ha deciso di realizzare un Workshop dal titolo “Il contributo del Cnr-Irpi al sistema paese per la mitigazione dei rischi geo-idrologici”.

L’evento avrà luogo dal 25/11/2021 ore 10.00 al 26/11/2021 ore 17.00 presso la Sala convegni della sede del CNR – Piazzale Aldo Moro, Roma – ed interesserà la gran parte dei Ricercatori e Tecnologi delle varie sedi dell’Istituto. Il workshop si svolgerà in presenza con l’opportunità di seguirlo in videoconferenza per coloro che saranno opportunamente registrati.

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Memorandum of Understanding between IRPI CNR and the Institute of Earth Exploration and Sensing, Najing University (China)

On November 19 (2021), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IRPI CNR and the Institute of Earth Exploration and Sensing, Najing University (China), a collaborative project that involves the two Parties for a period of five years, has been signed. The objective of the MoU is to establish a collaborative framework for joint R&D activities in the areas of interest of the two Parties, and specifically for the development of (i) fiber optic sensing technologies for engineering geological and geotechnical problems; (ii) real-time monitoring, early warning, and risk assessment systems for geohazards mitigation; (iii) artificial intelligence technologies in geotechnical and geological engineering.

The Institute of Earth Exploration and Sensing appointee: dr. Hong-Hu Zhu (zhh@nju.edu.cn)
CNR-IRPI appointee: dr. Luca Schenato (schenato@cnr.it)

CNR IRPI attends, in presence, to the Kick-Off of the I-CHANGE project

CNR IRPI attends, in presence, to the Kick-Off of the I-CHANGE project (Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition – 25-26 November 2021). The event takes place in Savona, at CIMA Foundation headquarters. The 3.5 years project is funded by the European Union (HORIZON 2020), is led by the University of Bologna and CIMA Research Foundation and involves 16 partners from 12 different countries. IRPI represents the CNR together with other institutes (IAA, IMATI, IGAG). Researchers Ivan Marchesini, Paola Salvati, Giuseppe Esposito and Alessando Mondini are involved in the project.

(In the photo presentation of Ivan Marchesini researcher of the IRPI CNR)

Conferenza Bilaterale tra il Cnr-Irpi e il Ministero dell’Ambiente, Infrastrutture, Trasporti e Turismo del Giappone

Mercoledì 24 novembre dalle 8:00 alle 12:00 si terra la XII conferenza Bilaterale tra Italia e Giappone sulla previsione e prevenzione dei rischi naturali nell’ambito della collaborazione, che dal 1998 lega l’Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IRPI) ed il Ministero dell’Ambiente, Infrastrutture, Trasporti e Turismo (MLIT) del Giappone.

I temi di tale collaborazione sono essenzialmente correlati al dissesto idrogeologico e ai possibili interventi di mitigazione. L’incontro intende rappresentare un momento di confronto tra ricercatori e tecnici giapponesi e italiani su tre specifici temi: i cambiamenti climatici e le frane; la gestione delle opere di mitigazione strutturale e la gestione del rischio vulcanico. Quest’ultima tematica, espressamente introdotta per la prima volta dalla controparte giapponese rappresenta un importante occasione per un allargamento della cooperazione con il coinvolgimento di ricercatori dell’INGV.

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Ricercatori IRPI al convegno “Il monitoraggio delle frane per la gestione dei rischi naturali”

I ricercatori del CNR IPRI Velio Coviello e Daniele Giordan sono fra i relatori del convegno “Il monitoraggio delle frane per la gestione dei rischi naturali” organizzato da ARPA Lombardia, dove verranno affrontati gli aspetti legati ai sistemi di monitoraggio delle frane e di allertamento oggetto delle nuove Linee Guida Snpa. L’accesso alla sala sarà consentito ad un numero limitato di partecipanti ma l’evento sarà trasmesso in diretta streaming.

Località: Milano, Palazzo Pirelli
Data: mercoledì 10 novembre

Paola Reichenbach nominata componente del Comitato nazionale per la valutazione della ricerca

Paola Reichenbach è stata nominata dal Ministro del MUR, Prof.ssa Maria Cristina Messa, componente del Comitato nazionale per la valutazione della ricerca (CNVR), istituito ai sensi dell’art. 64, decreto legge 31 maggio 2021, n. 77.

Il CNVR esercita le seguenti funzioni principali:
a) indica i criteri generali per le attività di selezione e valutazione dei progetti di ricerca, secondo canoni di imparzialità e tenendo nella massima considerazione le raccomandazioni approvate da organizzazioni internazionali di cui l’Italia è parte, nonché ispirandosi alle migliori pratiche applicate nei programmi dell’Unione europea;
b) nomina i componenti dei comitati di valutazione, ove previsti dai decreti attuativi applicabili ai fondi per il finanziamento di progetti di ricerca;
c) provvede allo svolgimento, anche parziale, delle procedure di selezione dei progetti o programmi di ricerca di altri enti, pubblici o privati, previo accordo o convenzione con essi;
d) definisce i criteri per l’individuazione e l’aggiornamento di liste di esperti tecnico-scientifici e professionali per l’affidamento di incarichi di valutazione tecnico-scientifica dei progetti di ricerca, istituite con decreto del Ministro dell’università e della ricerca;
e) predispone rapporti specifici sull’attività svolta ed una relazione annuale in materia di valutazione della ricerca, che trasmette al Ministro, il quale cura la pubblicazione e la diffusione dei rapporti e delle relazioni del CNVR.

L’IRPI alla conferenza di ricerca congiunta Banca d’Italia-Bank of England

I ricercatori Ivan Marchesini, Mauro Rossi e Paola Salvati del CNR-IRPI, sede di Perugia, partecipano alla Conferenza di ricerca congiunta Banca d’Italia-Bank of England “The macro-financial impacts of climate change and the net-zero transition”, che in questi giorni si sta tenendo a Milano, con la presentazione Quality of flood hazard and climate change implicaton.
Nella foto Ivan Marchesini al tavolo dei relatori.

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2022: parallel session convened by CNR IRPI staff

Next European Geosciences Union – EGU – General Assembly will be held in Vienna, April 3-8, 2022. The EGU General Assembly 2022 brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career scientists, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

The session convende by researchers of CNR IRPI, in collabration with scientists of different Istitutions from various countries, is entitled Novel data, methods and applications in Geomorphometry. Geomorphometry, a science of quantitative land surface analysis, gathers various mathematical, statistical and image processing techniques to quantify morphological, hydrological, ecological and other aspects of a land surface. The typical input to geomorphometric analysis is a square-grid representation of the land surface: a digital elevation model (DEM) or one of its derivatives. DEMs provide the backbone for many studies in Geo sciences, hydrology, land use planning and management, Earth observation and natural hazards.

The session is aimed at gathering contributions in the following main topics:

1 – Compromises between the use of global DEMs at 1-3 arc second, ~30-90 m grid spacing, and local LiDAR/structure from motion (SFM) elevation models at 1 m or finer grid spacing. We would like to investigate the tradeoff between the employment of the two kinds of data, and applications which can benefit from data at both (local and global) scales.

2 – New analytical methods and advanced geo-computation techniques, necessary to cope with diverse application contexts. We aim at investigating new methods of analysis and advanced geo-computation techniques, including high-performance and parallel computing implementations of specific approaches.

3 – Commercial anmd industrial applications of DEM data and of geomorphometric techniques. We would like to survey and investigate professional, commercial and industrial applications, including software packages, from small enterprises to large companies, to ascertain how academic researchers and industry can work together.

Details on the session at EGU 22 are available here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU22/session/43941
The latest topical Geomorphometry conference: http://geomorphometry2021.org
Contacts: Massimiliano Alvioli (massimiliano.alvioli [AT] irpi.cnr.it)

Participation of IRPI in the “3rd European Regional Conference” of IAEG

The 3rd European Regional Conference of the IAEG https://euroengeo2020.org/, originally scheduled for 2020, just ended a few days ago. The conference, organized by the Greek National Group of the IAEG, was held in Athens on 6-10 October, 2021. The unifying theme of the event was: Leading to Innovative Engineering Geology Practices.

The Conference was run in a “hybrid” mode (face to face + online) and was attended by 244 researchers and professionals from all over the world (33 countries), out of which 55 participated on-line. The program included 6 Keynote lectures delivered in person. Janusz Wasowski, a senior scientist of the CNRI IRPI of Bari, presented a Keynote entitled “Recent advances in Remote Sensing for use in Engineering Geology”. Furthermore, the researchers of the CNRI IRPI of Turin contributed some papers presented orally on-line.

The Proceedings of the Conference (2 Volumes: full papers & extended abstracts) and the presentations will soon be available on the IAEG website. The publication of a Special Volume (thematic collection with Keynote lecture and selected papers) of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology is also planned.

Special Issue “UAV Applications in Geology and Geomorphology” in Remote Sensing MDPI

The Special Issue of Remote Sensing on “UAV Applications in Geology and Geomorphology” (Deadline: 16 March 2022) – Gest Editors: Dr. Danilo Godone (CNR-IRPI), Dr. Cignetti Martina (CNR-IRPI), Dr. Mihai Ciprian Mărgărint (University of Iasi) is open for submission. This Special Issue of Remote Sensing aims to collects, high-quality, original research articles and technical notes on the application of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the environmental applications and in the earth sciences field, with particular interest in open-source approaches and the use of additional sensors mounted in the payload, functional to multi-sensor and multi-temporal investigations of the analysed phenomena.

Info: danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it ; martina.cignetti@irpi.cnr.it
Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/UAV_Geo

IRPI of Cosenza has participated to the event “2021 European Researchers’ Night”

CNR-IRPI of Cosenza is one of the partners of the project “SuperScienceMe 2021 – Research is your Re-generation”. The proposal is one of the 6 national projects selected and funded for the EC initiative “2021 European Researchers’ Night”. The aim of the 2021 initiative is the European Green Deal.

The partners of SuperscienceMe 2011 are the Universities of Calabria (Cosenza), Magna Graecia (Catanzaro) and Mediterranea (Reggio Calabria), the CNR Institutes of Calabria and Basilicata, and the Calabria and Basilicata Regions. The goal of the event “2021 European Researchers’ Night”, held on 24 September, mainly online, has been to encourage young people to acquire knowledge aiming to a change of their behaviours for inverting the climate and environmental challenges in opportunities.  

Within the ambit of the “SuperScienceMe2021” project, IRPI has produced two brief videos, uploaded in the project web page www.superscienceme.it, and promoted a survey on the public perception of climate change and natural risks (mainly, floods and landslides). The survey is carried out by means of an online questionnaire and has the goal to propose strategies and actions to improve public knowledge and communication on these issues. It is possible to participate to the online questionnaire, present in the project web site, through the link www.superscienceme.it/questionario-cambiamenti-climatici-percezione-sociale .

Awarding of the Florisa Melone prize

On the occasion of the Hydrology Days 2021, organized by Società Idrologica Italiana, (SII) together with the University of Campania, the FLORISA MELONE AWARD was conferred on Dr. Elena Cristiano from the University of Cagliari and on Dr. Antonio Annis from the University for Foreigners of Perugia for the START-UP project – Multilayer Systems (Polder Roofs) applied to Urban Rainwater networks. The award, dedicated to the IRPI colleague Dr. Florisa Melone, a researcher of high moral and scientific stature, assigns financial support to research projects carried out by young researchers who are members of the SII with the aim of promoting research autonomy and stimulating new ideas in the hydrological field.

IRPI at the researchers’ night – Venetonight 2021

On September 24th, 2021 the European Researchers’ Night will take place  and Giorgia Macchi, of CNR IRPI of Padova, institute will present an interactive laboratory “The movements of the mountains: everything there is to know about landslides (and more)!” to let the public understand what landslides are, how they are studied, why they are so dangerous and how to protect ourselves.

The sixth congress of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR GEOMORPHOMETRY, held in Perugia from 13 to 15 September, is now over. One of the works presented by the IRPI researchers was awarded a “best paper” award

The sixth Geomorphometry conference, organized by the International Society For Geomorphometry together with the CNR IRPI and the Physics and Geology Department, was held at University of Perugia, September 13-15.

The conference was attended by more than 50 researchers from around the world, connected online from 11 different time zones.

The conference hosted high-profile names in international geomorphometry such as Michael Hutchinson, Ian Sylvester Evans, Peter Guth. The program included three keynote contributions and 44 presentations, based on short research articles presented at the congress after peer review by the congress scientific committee.

The contributions were voted by the participants of the congress. The “best student paper” award was assigned to the paper entitled “Estimating the spatial distribution of vegetation height and ground-level elevation in a mesotidal salt marsh from UAV LiDAR-derived point cloud”, presented by Daniele Pinton, University of Florida. The “best paper award” was shared between the papers “Reflections on adding the Z dimension to earth system analysis” presented by Michael Hutchinson , Australian National University, and “A data-driven method for assessing the probability for terrain grid cells of initiating rockfalls on a large area”, authored by researchers from CNRI IRPI, Perugia: M. Alvioli, M. Santangelo, F. Fiorucci, M. Cardinali, I. Marchesini, P. Reichenbach, M. Rossi, and presented by Federica Fiorucci. An extended version of the paper per was recently published in the journal Engineering Geology with the title “Rockfall susceptibility and network-ranked susceptibility along the Italian railway”.

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Geomorphometry 2021

The Geomorphometry 2021 Conference, organized by the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of the National Research Council (CNR IRPI) and the Department of Physics and Geology of the University of Perugia, will be held on September 13, 14 and 15, 2021.

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Brevetto CNR-IRPI “Sistema Perfezionato per il Monitoraggio di Ancoraggi Geotecnici”

La collaborazione pluriennale tra il CNR-IRPI, il gruppo di Geotecnica dell’Università di Padova e la società la Dalla Gassa srl, ideatrice degli ancoraggi compositi come sistemi per il rinforzo dei versanti in frana, ha portato allo registrazione di brevetto italiano riguardante l’integrazione di sensori distribuiti in fibra ottica, per la determinazione degli stati di sollecitazione degli ancoraggi (Data di deposito: 2019; concessione: 2021).
Referente: Luca Schenato

Si è concluso il workshop internazionale Resilient Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Hazards a Venezia, premiati due ricercatori IRPI

Il 21 e il 22 luglio si è svolto in modalità mista, sia online sia in presenza nell’isola di S.Servolo (Venezia), il workshop Resilient Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Hazards
nell’ambito del progetto Europeo di mobilità Marie Skłodowska Curie HERCULES (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/778360). Al workshop hanno partecipato ricercatori provenienti da Kazakistan, Iran, Austria, Cina e UK. A rappresentare l’Italia ricercatori IRPI della sedi di Padova e Perugia.
Il programma prevedeva 4 keynote e 26 brevi presentazioni per ciascun ricercatore che a partecipato al programma di mobilità. Le presentazioni sono state giudicate da un comitato composto dai leader di ciascun gruppo di ricerca e tra quelle selezionate per i premi di migliore presentazione vi sono quelle dei ricercatori IRPI Giulia Bossi, per l’intervento Modelling seepage in heterogenous soils with the Boolean Stochastic Generation Method e Giacomo Tedesco che presentava Monitoring and modelling of a road tunnel damaged by a large block slide.

IRPI organizza il workshop internazionale ‘Resilient Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Hazards’ a Venezia

Il 21 e il 22 luglio si svolgerà nell’isola di S.Servolo, nella laguna veneziana, un incontro nell’ambito del progetto Europeo di mobilità Marie Skłodowska Curie HERCULES (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/778360). L’isola di S.Servolo è il campus della Venice International University, consorzio internazionale di università e enti di ricerca di cui il CNR fa parte.
 
Il workshop sarà dedicato a discussioni sul tema della resilienza delle infrastrutture in un contesto di cambiamento climatico (Resilient Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Hazards) con interventi sia di gestori di infrastrutture come Rete Ferroviaria Italiana sia di ricercatori, tra cui di IRPI Silvia Peruccacci e Giacomo Titti. Verranno inoltre presentati i risultati di ogni ricercatore che ha partecipato alle attività di mobilità nell’ambito del progetto.
 
Organizzatori del workshop: Alessandro Pasuto, Giulia Bossi, Antonella Barizza.
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Special issue: GIS-Supported DEM Analysis for Characterization of Short to Long Term Landscape Dynamics

The availability of digital elevation models globally is providing increasing capabilities of scaling up geomorphological analyses through the use of geographic information systems (GIS).

We started a Special Issue on the International Journal of Geo-Information. The special issue is dedicated to current research in the characterization of short to long term landscape dynamics through GIS-supported analyses applied to digital elevation models. Contributions can explore methodological, conceptual, and technological aspects, as well as applications. Short-term landscape dynamics may include soil erosion, landslides, and river network dynamics. Long-term landscape dynamics may include the evaluation of erosion, denudation, uplift rates.

For a full description of the Special Issue, visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/GIS-Supported_DEMLandscapeDynamics

The deadline for papers submission is 31/12/2021.

The Special Issue, in the Frontiers in Sensors magazine, is open

The Special Issue, in the Frontiers in Sensors magazine, with the title “Emerging Technologies and Applications in Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors” (Deadline: 25 September 2021) – Guest Editors: Prof. Daniele Tosi (Nazarbayev University – Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan); Prof. David Barrera (University of Alcalá – Alcalá de Henares, Spain); Dr. Luca Schenato (CNR-IRPI) is open for scientific contributions.
The goal of this Research Topic is to provide a platform for reporting the latest advances in the field of distributed sensors based on optical fiber technologies, both in form of original research articles that discuss the principles, performance, implementation, and/or application of these sensing systems, and to present review or perspective papers that draw a roadmap of this field.

Memorandum of understanding with the Department of Management of the University of Turin

Starting from 1 June 2021, CNR IRPI has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Management (DM) of the University of Turin, in order to start research and training activities on areas of common interest. The DM deals with integrated management systems (economic-environmental) of the territory, sustainable tourism and Internet of Things (IoT) to support territorial management and monitoring. The protocol also provides for the possibility of collaboration in degree and doctorates theses as well as internships.

More info: danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it

Atelier di formazione alla ricerca in alta quota – Edizione 2021

Nell’ambito del progetto GioMon, cofinanziato dalla Fondazione CRT, dal 6 al 10 settembre 2021 nel bacino glaciale della Bessanese (Balme, TO) si svolgerà un “Atelier di formazione alla ricerca in alta quota”. L’iniziativa è finalizzata all’introduzione di studenti universitari di atenei piemontesi ai metodi della ricerca scientifica ed alle loro dirette applicazioni in campo. Gli studenti saranno i veri protagonisti dell’Atelier: definiranno obiettivi e metodi del proprio progetto ricerca, raccoglieranno ed analizzeranno dati, e presenteranno infine i risultati del loro lavoro. Ricercatori del CNR-IRPI seguiranno tutto il percorso formativo degli studenti, stimolandoli e coinvolgendoli mediante l’applicazione di un approccio collaborativo e condiviso. La base logistica per le attività in campo sarà il Rifugio Gastaldi.

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Per informazioni: marta.chiarle@irpi.cnr.it

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Presentation by Luca Schenato at the ‘Belt and Road webinar series on Geotechnics, Energy and Environment’

On Friday 28th May, 9.00 a.m. Luca Schenato will give an invited talk about the “Development of innovative optical fiber sensors and systems for dikes and debris flows” in the framework of the Belt and Road webinar series on Geotechnics, Energy and Environment. The talk will illustrate some recent results about the development of fiber optic distributed and quasi-distributed pressure sensors with high sensitivity for the measurement of pressure on dikes and the results of some experiments aimed at validating the feasibility of the application of the distributed acoustic sensing for debris flow monitoring and characterization.

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Innovative study of the embankments of the Adige river

The Padova section is working with the University of Padua in an innovative study for the geotechnical characterization of the embankments of the Adige river in Salorno (BZ). The study, coordinated by the Southern Mountain Basins Office of the Civil Protection Agency of Bolzano, involves taking soil samples with the “gel push sampler” technique. The boreholes will be then equipped with innovative geotechnical instrumentations. In particular, optical fibers will be installed for distributed temperature measurement, under the coordination of the Padova branch.

(Personnel involved: L. Schenato, G. Marcato – coordination; G. Tedesco – installation and measurement campaigns; for further information: luca.schenato@cnr.it).

link:
https://www.altoadige.it/cronaca/adige-indagini-geotecniche-sulla-stabilit%C3%A0-degli-argini-per-proteggere-l-a22-1.2912341
https://www.provincia.bz.it/news/it/news.asp?news_action=4&news_article_id=655807

LandAware MayDay round-the-clock conference

The MayDay round-the-clock conference of LandAware, the international network on Landslide Early Warning Systems, will be held online starting from 14:00 (CEST) on 19 May 2021. Stefano Luigi Gariano, researcher at IRPI in Perugia, is among the founding members of the network and among the organizers of the conference.
It will be a 24-hour event (it will finish at 14:00 CEST on 20 May 2021), an online, diversified and engaging conference that will include working groups meetings, networkwide activities and special events.
More information and the link for registration can be found at the following link: https://www.landaware.org/mayday-2021/

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The IPROMO Summer School 2021 call for application is open!

The Summer School, chaired by Dr. Danilo Godone (CNR-IRPI), is organized by FAO-Mountain Partnership in cooperation with Turin and Tuscia University. This edition topic is “Post COVID-19 Recovery in Mountain Areas”. Due to the pandemic situation it will be held in online format.

The application deadline is 15 May 2021.

More info: danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it

http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/our-work/capacitydevelopment/ipromo/course-2021/en/

Assegnata a Fausto Guzzetti la Sergey Soloviev Medal 2021

Oggi, il dottor Fausto Guzzetti, direttore delle attività tecnico scientifiche per la previsione e prevenzione dei rischi presso il Dipartimento nazionale di protezione civile, e già direttore del nostro Istituto, è stato insignito della “Sergey Soloviev Medal” 2021. Il premio è stato conferito per il suo fondamentale contributo scientifico nel campo dei rischi naturali e per i notevoli sforzi profusi nel raccordare la comunità scientifica e le autorità di protezione civile nelle tematiche riguardanti la previsione e la mitigazione del rischio geo-idrologico.

La cerimonia di premiazione si è tenuta nell’ambito della EGU General Assembly e la medal lecture dal titolo “Considerations on the prediction of hazards (mainly landslides) and their consequences” ha riguardato i molteplici aspetti che il dottor Guzzetti ha affrontato durante la sua carriera di ricercatore del CNR IRPI. Gli argomenti trattati durante la presentazione di oggi hanno spaziato tra vari quesiti di ricerca, andando dalle problematiche legate al riconoscimento e mappatura delle frane, alle difficoltà relative alla previsione spaziale e temporale di eventi di frana e ai possibili modelli attualmente disponibili per la valutazione degli impatti che questi fenomeni causano a strutture e infrastrutture, nonché alla popolazione.

“Ho trascorso una parte considerevole della mia carriera di ricerca occupandomi di rischi naturali, in particolare rischi geo-idrologici, e sono lieto che l’EGU abbia riconosciuto il mio lavoro, che è anche quello dei tanti colleghi con cui ho lavorato”, queste le parole di Guzzetti quando è stato raggiunto dalla inattesa quanto mai ben accolta notizia del riconoscimento offertogli.

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Il prestigioso “Earth Observation Excellence Awards” al gruppo di idrologia del Cnr-Irpi

Il gruppo di idrologia dell’Istituto di ricerca per la protezione idrogeologica (Cnr-Irpi) di Perugia ha vinto il premio indetto dall’European Space Agency (ESA) e dall’European Geosciences Union (EGU) denominato “Earth Observation Excellence Awards”. Il premio è stato attribuito considerando le quattro seguenti categorie: eccellenza nella scienza, eccellenza nell’innovazione, impatto nel campo dell’osservazione della terra e potenzialità di fornire futuri contributi all’osservazione della Terra.

Il gruppo di Iidrologia, composto da Luca Brocca, Stefania Camici, Luca Ciabatta, Christian Massari e Angelica Tarpanelli, è stato premiato per la profonda esperienza nella modellazione idrologica e idraulica utilizzando sensori satellitari e in situ. In particolare, il gruppo ha condotto studi pionieristici sull’assimilazione di prodotti satellitari di umidità del suolo nella modellazione idrologica, e sull’uso dell’osservazione della Terra per la stima della portata fluviale e delle precipitazioni. I dati satellitari sono quindi utilizzati con successo per diverse applicazioni in idrologia quali la previsione delle piene e delle frane, il monitoraggio della siccità e la gestione delle risorse idriche.

Il direttore generale dell’ESA, Josef Aschbacher, il presidente dell’EGU, Alberto Montanari, si sono congratulati con i vincitori per questo straordinario riconoscimento e sono sicuri che continueranno ad essere pionieri dei risultati scientifici europei di osservazione della Terra in futuro.

“Siamo molto contenti di questo riconoscimento che premia l’importante lavoro del nostro gruppo nelle tematiche di osservazione della terra e rischi ambientali. Il raggiungimento di questo risultato è stato possibile grazie al lavoro sinergico dell’intero gruppo di Idrologia del Cnr-Irpi a cui estendiamo il nostro ringraziamento. Vogliamo infine ringraziare l’ESA e l’EGU per l’assegnazione del premio”, ha commentato Luca Brocca (Cnr-Irpi).

Il premio sarà presentato alla cerimonia virtuale di premiazione dell’Assemblea generale dell’EGU, che si terrà il 19 aprile alle 18:00 CET. I dettagli su come partecipare a questo evento saranno forniti in prossimità della data della cerimonia.

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New receiver in the GNSS-CORS permanent station

Today, the CNR GMG GNSS-CORS (Global Navigation Satellite System- Continuously Operating Reference Station); already member of TOPCON NETGEO-TopNETlive GNSS Network (Code: TORC); was upgraded with the new multiconstellation TOPCON NET-G3 receiver, able to track NAVSTAR GPS; GLONASS; Galileo; BeiDou; SBAS and QZSS satellite network.

For more information: Marco Baldo (marco.baldo@irpi.cnr.it)

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IRPI: new agreement with IREA

The Cooperation Agreement between the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment of the CNR, IREA, and the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection has been signed. In line with the programmatic guidelines of the National Research Council, the two Institutes intend to continue and strengthen the effective collaboration in the field of monitoring, forecasting and mitigation of geo-hydrological risks. Specific Executive Agreements will outline the individual actions or joint projects of the two Institutes.

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Updated of the global satellite rainfall dataset

The global satellite rainfall dataset SM2RAIN-ASCAT has been updated until the end of 2020.

You can now find 14 years of daily rainfall data, on a global scale, from 2007 to 2020 (10 km resolution). The data are available for free and can be downloaded here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2591214.
For any questions the CNR-IRPI Hydrology group is at your disposal.

Special Issue: “Development and Use of Databases to Analyze Geo-Hydrological Hazards”

Guest Editors: Carmela Vennari (CNR-IRPI, Italy), Giuseppe Esposito (CNR-IRPI, Italy), Emanuela Toto (National Civil Protection Agency, Albania)

The journal Geosciences is currently running a special issue entitled “Development and Use of Databases to Analyze Geo-Hydrological Hazards”, which is accepting submissions until 30 September 2021.

This issue aims to gather high-quality, original research articles and technical notes on the development and use of databases to record and analyze geo-hydrological hazards, including information about landslides, floods, sinkholes, coastal processes, and the related triggering conditions, such as hydro-meteorological, seismic or human factors.

More info »

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Special Issue “Geomorphometry 2020” in “Transactions in GIS”

General submission for the Special Issue “Geomorphometry 2020″ in TGIS is now open. The special issue “Geomorphometry 2020” in Transactions in GIS collects contributions stemming from the short papers submitted to the conference Geomorphometry 2020, but it is not limited to them. Authors of accepted abstracts for the conference were invited to submit papers for the special issue, according to the journal’s Author Guidelines. Submissions are now open for extra contributions, and all of them will go through standard peer review process of the Journal.

Full details of the call »

 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to ScholarOne Manuscripts site:
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tgis

Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2021
Expected Final Decision: August 1st, 2021

È stato nominato il nuovo Direttore IRPI

Nella giornata di ieri 19 gennaio 2021, il Direttore Generale del CNR, visto l’esito del Consiglio di Amministrazione del 20 novembre 2020 ha conferito l’incarico di Direttore dell’Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogelogica al Dott. Tommaso Moramarco, già Dirigente di Ricerca presso il medesimo Istituto. Il nuovo direttore prenderà servizio a partire dall’1 febbraio 2021 e tale mandato durerà per i prossimi quattro anni. Tutto il personale dell’Istituto gli augura un proficuo lavoro.

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Innovative distributed temperature optical fiber sensing system

On last Dec. 22, 2020, within the framework of an upcoming monitoring project the IRPI personnal of the Padova branch (G. Tedesco, on the field, L. Schenato, from remote), with other collaborators from the University of Padova, have participated to the installation of an innovative distributed temperature optical fiber sensing system to investigated the hydraulic behavior of a dike affected by anomalous seepage piping.

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The global threat of land subsidence: an anthropogenic hazard accompanying the depletion of groundwater resources. A new study published on “Science” Journal

The CNR-IRPI researcher Mauro Rossi participated to the realization of a new study published on “Science” Journal.

The article, titled “Mapping the global threat of land subsidence” realized within the “Land Subsidence International Initiative” of UNESCO and coordinated by Dr Gerardo Herrera-García, a researcher from the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), analyses at a global scale, the land subsidence, an anthropogenic hazard accompanying the depletion of groundwater resources.

Even though land subsidence is a slow and gradual process, it can permanently reduce the storage capacity of aquifer systems, damage buildings and infrastructures, and increase the flooding risk in alluvial areas and coastal plains. Land subsidence greater than 25 cm/year is occurring in several countries including Indonesia, Iran and several cities in Mexico. In Jakarta, Indonesia, the subsidence impact is so severe that the government is planning to move the capital to the island of Borneo. Land subsidence is a serious threat even to many Italian coastal areas, in Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Puglia, Toscana, Campania, Calabria, as claimed by Luigi Tosi (CNR-IGG) e Pietro Teatini (Università di Padova), co-authors of the study.

Potential subsidence areas threaten 1.2 billion inhabitants and 21% of the major cities worldwide, with 86% of the exposed population living in Asia. Even though further research is still needed to fully understand the global impact of land subsidence, this work estimates that the current economic exposure to potential subsidence amounts to US$8.17 trillion, or 12% of the global gross domestic product. Moreover, the research indicates that by 2040, an estimated 635 million inhabitants will be living in flood prone areas, where land subsidence could increase the flooding risk.

Citation: Gerardo Herrera-García, Pablo Ezquerro, Roberto Tomás, Marta Béjar-Pizarro, Juan López-Vinielles, Mauro Rossi, Rosa M. Mateos, Dora Carreón-Freyre, John Lambert, Pietro Teatini, Enrique Cabral-Cano, Gilles Erkens, Devin Galloway, Wei-Chia Hung, Najeebullah Kakar, Michelle Sneed, Luigi Tosi, Hanmei Wang, Shujun Ye (2021). Mapping the global threat of land subsidence. Science: Vol. 371, Issue 6524, pp. 34-36. DOI: 10.1126/science.abb8549.

Web links: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6524/34

 

 

Agreement between CNR IRPI and FODAF

On 18 December 2020, the agreement between CNR IRPI and the Interregional Federation of the Orders of Agronomists and Forestry Doctors of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta (Federazione Interregionale degli Ordini dei Dottori Agronomi e Dottori Forestali di Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta – FODAF) was signed. Its aim are the accomplishment of educational and experimental activities. The agreement provides, for the next two years, for the organization of training activities and lays the foundations for potential research collaborations in areas of common interest to the parties.

Info: Danilo Godone (danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it)

Happy International Mountain Day!

The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

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LandAware kick-off event

The kick-off event of LandAware network (www.landaware.org) will take place (online, using the Zoom platform) on Monday 14 December 2020, 13:30-15:30 CET.

The 2-hour event will include a presentation of the network, of its working groups, some invited lectures and a final interactive session. Being aware that the time of the event will not allow the easy participation of potentially interested people from all time-zones, the Landaware Executive Committee already decided that the event will be recorded and later posted online for watching on demand.

Schedule of the event

People interested in participating in the LandAware Kick-Off event, besides marking the date on their calendar, must register by filling the following form: https://forms.gle/chVsgEiUr69GBDWS7. The link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent by email to registered participants one day before the event.

IRPI at workshop INGV

IRPI presenting at INGV workshop “Fiber Optic Sensing in Geoscience”: On Dec. 10, Luca Schenato from the Padova IRPI’s branch will give a talk at the workshop “Fiber Optic Sensing in Geoscience” organized by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. The workshop is organized in three main sessions dedicated to instrument technologies and applications of point and distributed fibre optic sensors in various fields, including seismology, volcanology, geodesy, hydrology, and geothermic. L. Schenato will give a talk entitled “Optical fiber Sensing in Geotechnical and Hydrological Applications.”

INMOSTRA: installation of an innovative optical fiber

On last Dec. 1, 2020, within the framework of the POR-FESR project “INMOSTRA: INgegnerizzazione di sensori in Fibra Ottica per il Monitoraggio dei rinforzi STrutturali su versAnti instabili” the IRPI personnal of the Padova branch (G. Tedesco, on the field, L. Schenato and G. Marcato, from remote) have participated to the installation of an innovative distributed strain and temperature optical fiber sensing system for soil nails with the other project partners from the University of Padova and Sirive Srl.

Link to project: https://www.irpi.cnr.it/en/project/inmostra/

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CNR-IRPI @ AGU Fall Meeting 2020

On Dec 02, 2020, Luca Schenato from the IRPI’s Padova Branch was give a talk about the assessment of the feasibility of fiber-optic DTS for geophysical applications at the AGU 2020 Scientific workshop: Applications and Advances in Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) for Earth and Space Sciences organized by prof. Scott Tyler, University of Nevada

Web of Science: Luca Brocca named Highly Cited Researcher

We are delighted to announce that Luca Brocca, Director of Research at CNR IRPI in Perugia, has been named as Highly Cited Researcher in 2020 by Web of Science.
Highly Cited Researchers are the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
Of the world’s scientists and social scientists, Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers truly are one in 1,000.

Special Issue “Application of Remote Sensing in Hydrogeology: Landslides, Land Subsidence and Uplift”

The Special Issue of Remote Sensing journal on “Application of Remote Sensing in Hydrogeology: Landslides, Land Subsidence and Uplift” (deadline: 1 September 2021) – Guest Editors: Francesca Ardizzone (CNR-IRPI, Italy) – is still opened.
The goal of this Special Issue of Remote Sensing (Section Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology, and Hydrology) is to gather original research or case studies exploiting remote sensing techniques for detecting, characterizing, and modelling landslides, land subsidence, and uplift due to groundwater level changes.

For information: francesca.ardizzone@irpi.cnr.it
Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/Landslides_Land_Subsidence_Uplift

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IPROMO 2020 Summer School – Mountains in a changing climate: Threats, challenges and opportunities

The 13th edition of the IPROMO (International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas) Summer School was completed successfully. It was organized by Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-MP), Università degli Studi di Torino and Università degli Studi della Tuscia. The whole Summer School was chaired, and organized, by Dr. Danilo Godone.

The 2020 Summer School, due to Covid-19 pandemic, took place online with lectures, quizzes and working group presentation. On the 6th of October, the lecture on “Climate Change and Natural Hazards” was held by Dr. Daniele Giordan and Dr. Niccolò Dematteis.

The Summer School was attended by 33 participants from 21 different countries all over the World.

Info: Danilo Godone (danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it)
Link: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/our-work/capacitydevelopment/ipromo/course-2020/en/

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Special Issue on “Geo-Hydrological Risks Management” in Geosciences – MDPI

The Special Issue of Geosciences on “Geo-Hydrological Risks Management” (Deadline: 31 December 2020) – Guest Editors: Dr. Danilo Godone (CNR-IRPI); Dr. Louise Vick (The Arctic University of Norway), Prof. Changdong Li (China University of Geosciences) is open for submission. This Special Issue of Geosciences aims to gather, high-quality, original research articles and technical notes on the use of geosciences, applied to geo-hydrological risk management. The Special Issue will highlight case studies, best practices, and applied research.

Info: danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it
Link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences/special_issues/Geo-Hydrological_Risks

CNR IRPI joins the FAO – Mountain Partnership

Since 23 September 2020 CNR – IRPI is a member of the Mountain Partnership.
The Mountain Partnership is a, worldwide, voluntary alliance of governments, bodies and organizations working in mountains and acting for their sustainable development. Mountain Partnership encourages and facilitates, under the umbrella of FAO, initiatives and cooperation, at all levels, for joint projects and activities in the world’s mountain regions.

More info:
Focal Point – Danilo Godone (danilo.godone@irpi.cnr.it)
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/en/