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Mitigation of hydro-geological risk in Alpine catchments



Lead Partner

Regione Lombardia - Direzione Generale Territorio e Urbanistica-Struttura Rischi Idrogeologici

Lead Partner Country


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07/2002 - 09/2005

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

2.557.600 €

ERDF in €

1.187.500 €

Project Summary

The first objective of this project is to create a shared approach for the definition of hydro-geological risk scenarios in Alpine catchments and on alluvial fans. To achieve this all aspects of hydro-geological hazards affecting a catchment will be analysed, in particular: flooding and mass transport phenomena; droughts and aquifer depletion; and landslides, such as rockfalls, soil slips, and debris flows. This will lead to the evaluation of hazard and risk both in the catchment and on the alluvial fans. The final objective is to provide guidelines addressed to professionals and administrators to support decisions for improving water management, land use and protection measures planning, and risk management. Dissemination of results will include workshops addressed to professionals, administrators and the public, to inform and increase awareness on hydro-geological risks. Expected impacts include a contribution to changing the attitude of local administrators to risk and land management into a more comprehensive process, and establishing a network between partners, also by setting a common terminology.

Project Objectives

Main project objectives include: -design of information systems (GIS) for the risk scenarios definition; -development of morphologic analysis methods, particularly referred to torrent and river dynamics; -comparison and integration of existing applications and computational models in the test areas chosen by the partner countries; -design of recommendations and guidelines for mitigation measures and land planning for administrators and professionals.

Project Achievements

The main project results achieved are: - development of 3 information systems for the risk scenarios definition in the Alpine catchments; - development of analysis methodologies for evaluation of landslides and rockfalls triggering; - application of morphological and numerical models for debris flow modelling for risk scenarios definition in the catchments; the morphological method (Aulitzky method) has been applied to some sample areas; the numerical method (FLO 2D model) to 6 areas; - application in test area of methodology developed (systemic vulnerability) in connection to a catastrophic scenario; - definition of general criteria for the information aggregation, in order to suitably use it for the systemic vulnerability analysis. - organization of informative meetings; approximately 500 people attended to the meetings.

Project Result Files


EU Project Partners

Amministrazione Provinciale della Spezia - Area Difesa del Suolo (Italy)
ARPA Piemonte – Settore Studi e Ricerche geologiche (Italy)
Forsttechnischer Dienst für Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung - Sektion Tirol (Austria)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH - Institute of Hydrogeology and Geothermics (Austria)
Land Bayern - Bayerisches Geologisches Landesamt (Germany)
Provincia Autonoma di Trento – Servizio Geologico (Italy)
Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia-Giulia - Direzione risorse agricole, naturali, forestali e della montagna (Italy)
Regione Veneto – Direzione Difesa del Suolo e Protezione Civile (Italy)

Non-EU Project Partners

Istituto Scienze della Terra - Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland)
Kanton Graubünden - Amt für Raumplanung (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Mori, Bruno

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