The knowledge of the relationship between the phenomena of instability and the climate changes is essential for an effective approach to the management of geomorphological hazards and risks in those regions, such as Italy, that are subjected to extremely dynamic and fast environmental changes. Preliminary results on the impacts of climate changes obtained within this project point out an environmental degradation which results in more frequent geomorphological hazard occurred frequently during recent years along the whole Italian territory. The use of modern survey and measurement techniques and of innovative methods of investigation applied to the modelling and prediction of geological hazards in a broad sense, provides a powerful new tool to face consciously the consequences of the current global changes and of those that can be expected in the future in very different geographical and climatic systems, from the Mediterranean to the Alps. The morphoclimatic environments that we are investigating can be considered true natural laboratories for studying the effects of global changes, ranging from the glacial to the coastal environments. The integrated use of different monitoring techniques and prediction models provides new results extremely useful in the environmental context. The new data on sea-level changes, on phenomena of accelerated erosion and adaptation of the catchments, on changes in the cryosphere, on the ongoing instability in the territory will contribute to the advancement both of basic and applied research. Thus, new data are coming at hand for refining and/or build from the scratch spatial prediction models of geomorphological instability in several environmental contexts. If complemented with efficient politics for mitigating the environmental risks and with aware actions for territorial management and planning, the topics addressed by this research project will help to improve the safety and sustainability of the communities potentially at risk.

Preliminary results of a national Italian research project: Response of morphoclimatic system dynamics to global changes and related geomorphological hazards

BARONI, CARLO;
2013

Abstract

The knowledge of the relationship between the phenomena of instability and the climate changes is essential for an effective approach to the management of geomorphological hazards and risks in those regions, such as Italy, that are subjected to extremely dynamic and fast environmental changes. Preliminary results on the impacts of climate changes obtained within this project point out an environmental degradation which results in more frequent geomorphological hazard occurred frequently during recent years along the whole Italian territory. The use of modern survey and measurement techniques and of innovative methods of investigation applied to the modelling and prediction of geological hazards in a broad sense, provides a powerful new tool to face consciously the consequences of the current global changes and of those that can be expected in the future in very different geographical and climatic systems, from the Mediterranean to the Alps. The morphoclimatic environments that we are investigating can be considered true natural laboratories for studying the effects of global changes, ranging from the glacial to the coastal environments. The integrated use of different monitoring techniques and prediction models provides new results extremely useful in the environmental context. The new data on sea-level changes, on phenomena of accelerated erosion and adaptation of the catchments, on changes in the cryosphere, on the ongoing instability in the territory will contribute to the advancement both of basic and applied research. Thus, new data are coming at hand for refining and/or build from the scratch spatial prediction models of geomorphological instability in several environmental contexts. If complemented with efficient politics for mitigating the environmental risks and with aware actions for territorial management and planning, the topics addressed by this research project will help to improve the safety and sustainability of the communities potentially at risk.
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