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  • Rainfall induced landslide in Umbria, central Italy, shown on a Geoeye satellite image.

  • Event landslides in Taiwan identified through a MCD analysis of satellite images.

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  • Rock fall modelling for a portion of the Yosemite Valley, California, USA.

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  • Banff, Canada

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Welcome to the portal of the Geomorphology group at CNR IRPI in Perugia, Italy. We are a team of geologists, engineers and physicists interested mostly in landslides, landslide hazards, and the definition of the associated risk. We do research on a number of topics, including:
  • landslide mapping at different scales and in different physiographic environments using a variety of tools and methods
  • analysis of landslide types and patterns in relation to geological and morphological settings
  • landslide susceptibility, hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessments, at different scales
  • validation of landslide inventories, and susceptibility and hazard maps and models
  • acquisition and use of information on historical landslide and flood events
  • identification of rainfall and hydrological thresholds for possible landslide occurrence, and their application in warning systems
  • spatially distributed rock fall modelling
  • analysis of landslide sizes (number, area, volume)
  • analysis of time series of landslide events
  • remote sensing (Laser, Optical, DInSAR, GPS) for landslide identification, mapping, and monitoring
  • the societal and economic impacts of landslides and floods
  • geographical databases and content management systems
  • dissemination of information on geo-hydrological hazards and risk
On these and other topics, we have published more than 100 papers, reports and maps, some of which are available through this site. We have worked and work in different areas, Italy and throughout the World. We manage a repository of data on historical landslide and flood events in Italy (SICI), and a national system to forecast the possible occurrence of rainfall-induced landslides in Italy. We are involved in European and National research projects dealing with natural hazards, and their consequences.

We maintain active national and international collaborations, among others, with the Centre for Integrated Research on Risk & Resilience at Kings College, London (UK), the Institute of Applied Geology at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (AT), the Department of Earth System Analysis of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede (NL), the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen (DE), the Geological Survey of Israel (GSA), Israel, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), USA, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Hydrological Sciences Branch, USA, the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea, the CNR IREA (Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment), Naples, the CNR IMAA (Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis), Potenza, the Department of Physics and Geology of the Perugia University, the Institute for Applied Remote Sensing of the European Academy of Bozen (EURAC), the Department of Engineering and Geology and the International Research School of Planetary Sciences (IRSPS), of the University G. D'Annunzio, Chieti, and the Department of physical sciences, earth and Environment, of the University of Siena.



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