Alessandro PASUTO

Research personnel
Director of Research
Section Head
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geo-risks management


SCHENATO, L., PALMIERI, L., CAMPORESE, M., BERSAN, S., COLA, S., PASUTO, A., GALTAROSSA, A., SALANDIN, P., SIMONINI, P., 2017. Distributed optical fibre sensing for early detection of shallow landslide triggering. Scientific Reports, 7: 14686, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-12610-1.

ZHOU, G.G.D., SONG, D., CHOI, C.E., PASUTO, A., SUN, Q.C., DAI, D.F. 2017. Discrete-surge Impact Behavior of Granular Flows: Effects of Water Content. Landslides, 14, 1-15. DOI 10.1007/s10346-017-0908-6.

SU, L., HU, K., ZHANG, W., WANG, J., LEI, Y., ZHANG, C., CUI, P., PASUTO, A., ZHENG, Q., 2017. Characteristics and triggering mechanism of Xinmo village landslide on 24 June 2017 in Sichuan, China. J. Mt. Sci. 14(9), 1689-1700. DOI: 10.1007/s11629-017-4609-3.

MANTOVANI, M., DEVOTO, S., PIACENTINI, D., PRAMPOLINI, M., SOLDATI, M., PASUTO, A., 2016. Advanced SAR Interferometric Analysis to Support Geomorphological Interpretation of Slow-Moving Coastal Landslides (Malta, Mediterranean Sea). Remote Sens., 8, 443; doi:10.3390/rs8060443.

BOSSI, G., CAVALLI, M., CREMA, S., FRIGERIO, S., QUAN LUNA, B., MANTOVANI, M., MARCATO, G., SCHENATO, L., PASUTO, A., 2015. Multi-temporal LiDAR-DTMs as a tool for modelling a complex landslide: a case study in the Rotolon catchment (eastern Italian Alps), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 715-722.

TEZA, G., MARCATO, G., PASUTO, A., GALGARO, A., 2015. Integration of laser scanning and thermal imaging in monitoring optimization and assessment of rockfall hazard: a case history in the Carnic Alps (Northeastern Italy). Natural Hazards, 76, 1535-1549.

CORTES ARVALO, V.J., CHARRIÈRE, M., BOSSI, G., FRIGERIO, S., SCHENATO, L., BOGAARD, T., BIANCHIZZA, C., PASUTO, A., STERLACCHINI, S., 2014. Evaluating quality of data collected by volunteers for first level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2681-2698.

Frigerio, S., Schenato, L., Bossi, G., Cavalli, M., Mantovani, M., Marcato, G., Pasuto, A., 2014. Landslide monitoring with an integrated platform: methodology, design and case study. Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., 30, 24-27.

FRIGERIO, S., SCHENATO, L., BOSSI, G., CAVALLI, M., MANTOVANI, M., MARCATO, G., PASUTO, A., 2014. A Web-based platform for automatic and continuous landslide monitoring: The Rotolon (Eastern Italian Alps) case study. Computers and Geosciences, 63c, 96-105.

GARCIA, C., BLAHUT, J., ANGIGNARD, M., PASUTO, A., 2014. The Importance of the Lessons Learnt from Past Disasters for Risk Assessment. In: T. van Ash, J. Coromina, S. Greiving, J-P. Malet and S. Sterlacchini (Eds.), Mountain Risks: From Prediction to Management and Governance, Advance in Natural and technological Hazard research 34. Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht, pp. 275-284.

DEVOTO, S., FORTE, E., MANTOVANI, M., MOCNIK, A., PASUTO, A., PIACENTINI, D., SOLDATI, M., 2013. Integrated monitoring of lateral spreading phenomena along the north-west coast of the Island of Malta. In: Margottini et al. (Eds.), Landslide Science and Practice, Vol. 2. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 235-241.

Micallef, A., Foglini, F., Le Bas, T., Angeletti, L., Maselli, V., Pasuto, A., Taviani, M., 2013. The submerged paleolandscape of the Maltese Islands: Morphology, evolution and relation to Quaternary environmental change. Marine Geology, 335,129-147.

PASUTO, A., SOLDATI M., 2013. Lateral Spreading. In: J. Shroder, (Ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology, Vol. 7, pp. 239-248, Academic Press, San Diego.

Schenato L., Palmieri L., Autizi E., Calzavara, F., Vianello, L., Teza, G., Marcato, G., Sassi, R., Pasuto A., Galgaro, A., Galtarossa A., 2013. Rockfall precursor detection based on rock fracturing monitoring by means of optical fibre sensors. Int. J. Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems, 1(2), 123-141.

DEVOTO, S., BIOLCHI, S., BRUSCHI, V.M., FURLANI, S., MANTOVANI, M., PIACENTINI, D., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 2012. Geomorphological map of the NW Coast of the Island of Malta (Mediterranean Sea). Journal Of Maps.  DOI:10.1080/17445647.2012.668425.

Dixon, N., Spriggs, M.P., Marcato, G., Pasuto, A., 2012. Landslide hazard evaluation by means of several monitoring techniques, including an acoustic emission sensor. In: Eberhardt, E., Froese, C., Turner, K., Leroueil, S. (Eds.) Landslides and Engineered Slopes, CRC Press, London, pp. 1405-1411.

MANTOVANI, M., DEVOTO, S., FORTE, E., MOCNIK, A., PASUTO, A., PIACENTINI, D., SOLDATI, M., 2013. A multidisciplinary approach for rock spreading and block sliding investigation in the north-western coast of Malta. Landslides, 10(5), 611-622.

MARCATO, G., MANTOVANI, M., PASUTO, A., ZABUSKI, L., BORGATTI, L., 2011. Monitoring, numerical modelling and hazard mitigation of the Moscardo landslide (Eastern Italian Alps). Eng. Geol, 126, 95-107.

Panizza, M., Corsini, A., Ghinoi, A., Marchetti, M., Pasuto, A., Soldati, M., 2009. Carta Geomorfologica dell’Alta Val Badia (Dolomiti, Italia). LAC, Firenze.

Marcato, G., Pasuto, A., Rivelli, F.R., 2009. Mass movements in the Rio Grande Valley (Quebrada de Humahuaca, Northwestern Argentina): a methodological approach to reduce the risk. Adv. Geosci., 22, 59.

Tagliavini, F., Reichembach, P., Maragna, D., Guzzetti, F., Pasuto, A., 2009. Comparison of 2-D and 3-D computer models for the M. Salta rock fall, Vajont Valley, northern Italy. Geoinformatica, 13, 323-337.

MAGRI, O., MANTOVANI, M., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 2008. Geomorphological identification and monitoring of lateral spreading along the north-west coast of Malta. Geogr. Fis. Dinam. Quat., 31(2), 171-180.

HERVAS, J., GÜNTHER, A., REICHENBACH, P., CHACON, J., PASUTO, A., MALET, J-P., TRIGILA, A., HOBBS, P., MAQUAIRE, O., TAGLIAVINI, F., POYIADIJ, E., GUERRIERI, L., MONTANARELLA, L., 2007. Recommendations on a common approach for mapping areas at risk of landslides in Europe. In: Hervas J. (Ed.): Guidelines for Mapping Areas at Risk of Landslides in Europe. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, EUR - Scientific and Technical Research series - ISSN 1018-5593, Luxembourg, 45-49.

HIGUCHI, K., FUJISAWA, K., ASAI, K., PASUTO, A., MARCATO, G., 2007. Application of new landslide monitoring technique using optical fiber sensor at Takisaka Landslide, Japan. In: Conference Presentations, 1st North American Landslide Conference, Vail, Colorado, Aeg Special Publication No. 23. Vail, Colorado, June 3-10, 2007, VAIL: V.R. Schaefer, R.L. Schuster, A.K. Turner, ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-975-4295-3-2 

MARCATO, G., BORGATTI, L., CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., ZABUSKI, L., 2007. Numerical analysis of the effectiveness of countermeasure works on earth slide stabilization: a case study in South Tyrol (Italy). In: Conference Presentation, 1st North American Landslide Conference, Vail, Colorado, AEG Special Publication No. 23. Vai, Colorado, June 3-10, 2007, VAIL: V.R. Schaefer, R.L. Schuster, A.K. Turner, ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-975-4295-3-2 

MARCATO, G., FUJISAWA, K., MANTOVANI, M., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., TAGLIAVINI, F., ZABUSKI, L., 2007. Evaluation of seismic effects on the landslide deposits of Monte Salta (Eastern Italian Alps) using distinct element method. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 7, 695-701.

NOFERINI, L., PIERACCINI, M., MECATTI, D., MACALUSO, G., ATZENI, C., MANTOVANI, M., MARCATO, G., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., TAGLIAVINI, F., 2007. Using GB-SAR technique to monitor slow moving landslide. Eng. Geol., 95(3-4), 88-98.

TAGLIAVINI, F., MANTOVANI, M., MARCATO, G., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., 2007. Validation of landslide hazard assessment by means of GPS monitoring technique – a case study in the Dolomites (Eastern Alps, Italy). Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 7, 185-193.

Marcato, G., Mantovani, M., Pasuto, A., Silvano, S., Tagliavini ,F., Zabuski, L., Zannoni, A., 2006. Site investigation and modelling at “La Maina” landslide (Carnian Alps, Italy). Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 6(1), 21-32.

CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., ZANNONI, A., 2005. Field monitoring of the Corvara landslide (Dolomites, Italy) and its relevance for hazard assessment. Geomorphology, 66, 149-165.

PASUTO, A., SIORPAES, C., SOLDATI, M., 2005. Carta geomorfologica dell’area circostante Cortina d’Ampezzo (Dolomiti, Italia), SELCA, Firenze 

PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 2004. An integrated approach for hazard assessment and mitigation of debris flows in the Italian Dolomites. Geomorphology, 61, 59-70.

SOLDATI, M., CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., 2004. Landslides and climate change in the Italian Dolomites since the Lateglacial. Catena, 55, 141-161.

Hervás, J., Barredo, J.I., Rosin, P.L., Pasuto, A., Mantovani, F., Silvano, S., 2003. Monitoring landslides from optical remotely sensed imagery: the case history of Tessina Landslide, Italy. Geomorphology 54(1-2), 63-75.

KILBURN, C.R.J, PASUTO, A., 2003. Major risk from rapid, large-volume landslides in Europe (EU Project RUNOUT). Geomorphology, 54(1-2), 3-10.

TARCHI, D., CASAGLI, N., FANTI, R., LEVA, D., LUZI, G., PASUTO, A., PIERACCINI, M., SILVANO, S., 2003. Landslide monitoring by using ground-based SAR interferometry: an example of application to the Tessina landslide in Italy. Eng. Geol, 68, 15-303.

CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., ZANNONI, A., 2002. Technical guidelines for the definition of a conceptual and geotechnical model of the Corvara landslide. In: DELAYE D.; LEVOY F.; MAQUAIRE O.. Geomorphology: from expert opinion to modelling. p. 37-41, STRASBOURG: CERG Editions, ISBN/ISSN: 2-9518317-0-6 

PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 2002. A new mapping technique for landslide management: a case study in the Italian Dolomites. In: 9th Congress of the I.A.E.G., 16-20 settembre 2002, p. 699-707, ISBN/ISSN: 0-620-28559-1 

ANGELI, M.-G, PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., 2000. A critical review of landslide monitoring experiences. Eng. Geol., 55, 133-147.

Corominas, J., Moya, J., Lloret, A., Gili, J.A., Angeli, M.-G., Pasuto, A., Silvano, S., 2000. Measurement of landslide displacements using a wire extensometer. Eng. Geol. 55, 149-166.

CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 2000. Landslides and Climate Change in the Alps Since the Late-Glacial: Evidence of Case Studies in the Dolomites (Italy). In: BROMHEAD E.; DIXON N.; IBSEN M.-L.. Landslides in research, theory and practice. p. 329-334, LONDON: THOMAS TELFORD, ISBN/ISSN: 0 7277 2872 5 

CORSINI, A., PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 1999. Geomorphological Investigation and Management of the Corvara Landslide (Dolomites, Italy). Transactions - Japanese Geomorphological Union, 20(3), 169-186.

Pasuto, A., Schrott, L., (Editors), 1999. Recent development of landslide research in Europe. Geomorphology, 30(1-2), 211 pp.

PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 1999. The use of landslide units in geomorphological mapping: an example in the Italian Dolomites. Geomorphology, 30(1-2), 53-64.

ANGELI M.-G., BUMA J., GASPARETTO P., PASUTO A., 1998. A combined hillslope hydrology/stability model for low-gradient clay slope in the Italian Dolomites. Eng. Geol. 49, 1-13.

PASUTO A., SILVANO S (1998). Rainfall as a triggering factor of shallow mass movements. A case study in the Dolomites, Italy. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY, 35(2-3), 184-189. 

PANIZZA, M., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., SOLDATI, M., 1997. Landsliding during the Holocene in the Cortina d'Ampezzo Region, Italian Dolomites. In: FRENZEL B.; MATTHEWS J.A.; GLSER B.; WEI M.M.. Rapid mass movement as climatic evidence for Holocene times. Paläoklimaforschung/Palaeoclimate Research. vol. 19, p. 17-31, STUTTGART: GUSTAV FISCHER VERLAG 

ANGELI, M.-G., GASPARETTO, P., MENOTTI, R.M., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., 1996. A visco-plastic model for slope analysis applied to a mudslide in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology 29, 233-240.

PANIZZA, M., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., SOLDATI, M., 1996. Temporal occurrence and activity of landslides in the area of Cortina d'Ampezzo (Dolomites, Italy). GEOMORPHOLOGY, vol. 15(3-4); p. 311-326.

PASUTO, A., SOLDATI, M., 1996. Landslide Hazard Assessment. In: PANIZZA M.. Environmental Geomorphology. p. 54-88, AMSTERDAM: Elsevier Science B.V., ISBN/ISSN: 0-444-89830-1 

GOVI, M., PASUTO, A., SILVANO, S., SIORPAES, C., 1993. An example of low-temperature-triggered landslide. Eng. Geol. 36, 53-65.

MARCHI, L., PASUTO, A., TECCA, P.R., 1993. Flow processes on alluvial fans in the Eastern Italian Alps. Zeit. für Gomorphologie, 37(4), 447-458.

The main research interests can be summarized as follow:

-        slope movements with special reference to deep-seated gravitational slope deformations and large-scale landslides;

-        geomorphological mapping and kinematic characterization of landslides;

-        innovative techniques for monitoring and alarm systems;

-        landslide hazard assessment and risk management.

Degree in Geological Sciences at University of Padova in 1984 and since 1986 researcher at National Research Council. In 2009 he was designated Responsible of the Padova Unit of Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection. His research activity is mainly devoted to applied geology and geomorphology as well as landslide hazard and risk assessment and management. Since 1990 he has actively been involved in several EU funded Projects (e.g., Epoch, Teslec, Newtech, Runout, Oasys, Preview, Mountain Risk, Increo, Changes). From 2001 to 2004 Project Manager of EU funded Project ALARM “Assessment of Landslide Risk and Mitigation in Mountain Areas”. Since 1999 he is in charge of the Italy-Japan scientific cooperation (MLIT, Ministry of Land, Infrastructures, Transport and Tourism). In this framework in 2001 he was awarded by Public Work Research Institute with “Research Award for Foreign Specialist” and in 2003 he established GRJL, Geo-Risk Joint Lab, Italy-Japan Joint Laboratory on hydrogeological risks supported by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moreover in 2005 he was founder member of TellNet, “International Disaster Transfer Live Lessons Network (, establishing in Kobe during the second UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for which he was appointed as member of the Italian official delegation, similarly to what occurred for the third UNWCDRR held in Sendai (Japan) from March 14 to 18 2015. Since 1990 he is consultant of the National Department of Civil Defence during emergencies related to hydrogeological disasters in NW Italy. From 2005 to 2009 he was scientific responsible of the national project "Landslides and other mass movements". In 2011 he was designated by the Italian Ministry of Environment as member of the executive committee of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park on behalf of Scientific Institutions and Universities. Since 2014 he is coordinating a bilateral project CNR-CAS titled “Managing landslide and debris flow risks and increasing resilience through monitoring, modeling and land planning activities” with Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu (Sichuan, China). He is involved in research studies in several foreign countries such as: Japan, Taiwan, China, Malta, Argentina and manages research groups in Italy and abroad. Moreover he collaborates with several universities and research centres both in Italy and abroad. He is author of more than 170 scientific papers and he is guest editor for prestigious journals. He is member of the executive committee of CERG (European Centre on Geomorphological Hazard), and member several scientific associations such as EGU (European Geosciences Union), AGU (American Geosciences Union), IAG (International Association of Geomorphologists), IAEG (International Association of Engineering Geology and Environment), JGU (Japan Geomorphological Union).