Research personnel
Senior Researcher
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mauro.cardinali (at)
Via della Madonna Alta, 126 06128, Perugia


Pubblicazioni significative/Main papers

Santangelo M., Gioia D., Cardinali M., Guzzetti F., Schiattarella M. (2014) Landslide inventory map for the upper Sinni River valley, southern Italy. Journal of Maps. doi:10.1080/17445647.2014.949313.

Brunetti M.T., Guzzetti F., Cardinali M., Fiorucci F., Santangelo M., Mancinelli P., Komatsu G., Borselli L. (2014) Analysis of a new geomorphological inventory of landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 405, 156–168 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.08.025.

Murillo-García, F. G., Alcántara-Ayala I., Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Fiourucci F., Guzzetti F. (2014). Satellite Stereoscopic Pair Images of Very High Resolution a step forward for the development of landslide inventories. Landslides, DOI 10.1007/s10346-014-0473-1

Santangelo M., Marchesini I., Cardinali M., Fiorucci F., Rossi M., Bucci F., Guzzetti F. (2014). A method for the assessment of the influence of bedding on landslide abundance and types. Landslides, DOI 10.1007/s10346-014-0485-x

F. Bucci, R. Novellino, E. Tavarnelli, G. Prosser, F. Guzzetti, M. Cardinali, E. Gueguen, P. Guglielmi & I. Adurno (2014). Frontal collapse during thrust propagation in mountain belts: a case study in the Lucania Apennines, Southern Italy. Journal of the Geological Society. doi:10.1144/jgs2013-103 

A. Manconi, F. Casu, F. Ardizzone, M. Bonano, M. Cardinali, C. De Luca, E. Gueguen, I. Marchesini, M. Parise, C. Vennari, R. Lanari, and F. Guzzetti (2014). Supplement of Rapid mapping of landslide events: the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslide, Italy. Supplement of Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1835–1841. doi:10.5194/nhess-14-1835-2014-supplement

Bucci F., Cardinali M., Guzzetti F. (2013). Structural geomorphology, active faulting and slope deformations in the epicentre area of the Mw 7.0, 1857, Southern Italy earthquake. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2013.04.005.

Santangelo M., Gioia D., Cardinali M., Guzzetti F., Schiattarella M. (2013). Interplay between mass movement and fluvial network organization: an example from southern Apennines, Italy. Geomorphology, 188, 54-67, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.12.008.

Giordan D., Allasia P., Manconi A., Baldo M., Corazza A., Albanese V., Santangelo M., Cardinali M., Lollino G., Guzzetti F. (2013). Morphological and kinematic evolution of a large earthflow: the Montaguto landslide, southern Italy. Geomorphology, Vol. 187. 61-79. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.12.035.

Guzzetti, F., Mondini A. C., Cardinali M., Fiorucci F., Santangelo M., Kan-Tsung Chang, (2012). Landslide inventory maps: New tools for an old problem. Earth-Science Reviews 112 (2012) 42–66

Ardizzone F., Basile G., Cardinali M., Casagli N., Del Conte S., Del Ventisette C., Fiorucci F., Garfagnoli F., Gigli G., Guzzetti F., Iovine G., Mondini A. C., Moretti S., Panebianco M., Raspini F., Reichenbach P., Rossi M., Tanteri L. e Terranova O. (2012): Landslide inventory map for the Briga and the Giampilieri catchments, NE Sicily, Italy, Journal of Maps, DOI:10.1080/17445647.2012.69427

Mondini A.C., Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P., Rossi M., Cardinali M., Ardizzone F. (2011) Semi-automatic recognition and mapping of rainfall induced shallow landslides using satellite optical images. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 115, 1743–1757, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.03.006.

Fiorucci F., Cardinali M., Carlà R., Rossi M., Mondini A.C., Santurri L., Ardizzone F., Guzzetti F. (2011) Seasonal landslides mapping and estimation of landslide mobilization rates using aerial and satellite images. Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.01.013.

Ghosh S., van Westen C.J., Carranza E.J.M., Jetten V.G., Cardinali M., Rossi M., Guzzetti F. (2011) Generating event-based landslide maps in a data-scarce Himalayan environment for estimating temporal, and magnitude probability. Engineering Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2011.03.016.

Santangelo M., Cardinali M., Rossi M., Mondini A.C., Guzzetti F. (2010) Mapping landslides with landslides with a laser rangefinder binocular and GPS. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 10, Issue 12, 2539-2546, doi:10.5194/nhess-10-2539-2010. Available @

Guzzetti F., Manunta M., Ardizzone F., Pepe A., Cardinali M., Zeni G., Reichenbach P., Lanari R. (2009) Analysis of ground deformation detected using the SBASS-DInSAR technique in Umbria, Central Italy. Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 166, doi: 10.1007/s00024-009-0491-4.

Guzzetti F., Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Rossi M., Valigi D. (2009) Landslide volumes and landslide mobilization rates in Umbria, central Italy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 279, 222–229, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.01.005.

Galli M., Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P. (2008) Comparing landslide inventory maps. Geomorphology, Vol. 94, 268–289.

Guzzetti F., Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Galli M., Reichenbach P. (2008) Distribution of landslides in the Upper Tiber River basin, central Italy. Geomorphology, Vol. 96, 105–122.

Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Galli M., Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P. (2007) Identification and mapping of recent rainfall-induced landslides using elevation data collected by airborne lidar. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 7, 637–650. Available @

Cardinali M., Galli M., Guzzetti F., Ardizzone F., Reichenbach P. & Bartoccini, P. (2006) Rainfall induced landslides in December 2004 in South-Western Umbria, Central Italy. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 6, 237-260, SRef-ID: 1684-9981/nhess/2006-6-237.

Guzzetti F., Galli M., Reichenbach P., Ardizzone F. & Cardinali M. (2006) Landslide hazard assessment in the Collazzone area, Umbria, central Italy. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 6, 115-131, SRef-ID: 1684-9981/nhess/2006-6-115.

Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P., Ardizzone F., Cardinali M. & Galli M. (2006) Estimating the quality of landslide susceptibility models. Geomorphology, Vol. 81, 166-184.

Zanutta A., Baldi P., Bitelli G., Cardinali M. & Carrara A. (2006) Qualitative and quantitative photogrammetric tecniques for multi-temporal landslide analysis. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 49, N. 4/5, 1067-1080

Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P., Cardinali M., Galli M. & Ardizzone F. (2005) Probabilistic landslide hazard assessment at the basin scale. Geomorphology, Vol. 72: 272-299.

Guzzetti F., Cardinali M., Reichenbach P., Cipolla F., Sebastiani C., Galli M. & Salvati P. (2004) Landslides triggered by the 23 November 2000 rainfall event in the Imperia Province, Western Liguria, Italy. Engineering Geology.

Guzzetti F., Reichenbach P., Cardinali M., Ardizzone F. & Galli M. (2003) Impact of landslides in the Umbria Region, Central Italy. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

Cardinali M., Reichenbach P., Guzzetti F., Ardizzone F., Antonini G., Galli M., Cacciano M., Castellani M. & Salvati P. (2002) A geomorphological approach to estimate landslide hazard and risk in urban and rural areas in Umbria, central Italy. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 2:1-2, 57-72.

Ardizzone F., Cardinali M., Carrara A., Guzzetti F. & Reichenbach P. (2002) Impact of mapping errors on the reliability of landslide hazard maps. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 2:1-2, 3-14.

Guzzetti F., Cardinali M., Reichenbach P. & Carrara A. (1999) Comparing landslide maps: A case study in the upper Tiber River Basin, central Italy. Environmental Management, Vol. 25: 3, 247-363.

Carrara A., Guzzetti F., Cardinali M. & Reichenbach P. (1999) Use of GIS Technology in the Prediction and Monitoring of Landslide Hazard. Natural Hazards, Vol. 20: 2-3, 117-135.

Guzzetti F., Carrara A., Cardinali M. & Reichenbach P. (1999) Landslide hazard evaluation: a review of current techniques and their application in a multi-scale study, Central Italy.  Geomorphology, Vol. 31, 181-216.

Reichenbach P., Cardinali M., De Vita L. & Guzzetti F. (1998) Regional hydrological thresholds for landslides and floods in the Tiber River basin (Central Italy). Environmental Geology, Vol. 35: 2-3, 146-159.

Guzzetti F., Cardinali M. & Reichenbach P. (1996) The influence of structural setting and lithology on landslide type and pattern. Environmental and Engineering Geosciences, Vol. 2: 4, Winter 1996, 531-555.

Guzzetti F., Cardinali M. & Reichenbach P. (1994) The AVI Project: A bibliographical and archive inventory of landslides and floods in Italy. Environmental Management, Vol. 18, 623-633.

Carrara A., Cardinali M. & Guzzetti F. (1992) Uncertainty in assessing landslide hazard and risk. ITC Journal, The Netherlands, Vol. 2, 172-183.

Guzzetti F. & Cardinali M. (1991) Debris-flow phenomena in the Central Apennines of Italy. TerraNova, Vol. 3, 619-627.

Carrara A., Cardinali M., Detti R., Guzzetti F., Pasqui V. & Reichenbach P. (1991) GIS Techniques and statistical models in evaluating landslide hazard. Earth Surface Processes and Landform. Vol. 16: 5, 427-445.

Main Research Interests

Mauro Cardinali has worked on a number of items, including: (1) landslide identification and mapping in different morphological and climatic environments, using field surveys and interpretation of aerial photographs; (2) preparation of geomorphological landslides inventory maps, detailed multi-temporal inventory maps, landslide-events inventory maps, at the regional and the local scale; (3) development of photo-geological techniques for the acquisition of geological and structural information; (4) analysis of landslide types and patterns in relation to different geological settings; (5) methods for landslide susceptibility, hazard, vulnerability and risk evaluation; (6) acquisition and use of historical information on landslides and floods for hazard and risk assessment.

Curriculum Vitae

Senior research scientist at the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI). Cardinali graduated in Geology from the University of Perugia in 1983 and joined CNR IRPI in 1988.In the period 0ctober 1989 - March 1990 he was a visiting scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, in Menlo Park, California, working on small-scale landslide inventory maps for the State of New Mexico (USA), under the supervision of Dr. Earl E. Brabb. He participated in a number of national and European projects. He was responsible for the photo-geological mapping in the Città di Castello and Teramo areas, as part of a national geological mapping program (CARG). He participated to the CNR technical and scientific activities for the National Department of Civil Defense, in the areas affected by (i) the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, and (ii) the 1 October 2009 Messina landslides event, Italy. Since 2013, he has a contract for teaching a Course on "Remote Sensing", at the University of Perugia, Department of Earth Sciences.He is author and co-author of more than 60 papers, reports and maps, including more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.