Presenting Proslide at the International TransAlp conference

On December 13, Stefan Steger presented the data-driven landslide modelling results of Proslide within the Trans-Alp conference at Eurac HQ to researchers and Local and Regional authorities involved in Civil Protection. It was shown how the dynamic landslide prediction modelfrom Proslide can be coupled with dynamic exposure estimates from TransAlp to move towards an impact-oriented natural hazard early warning.

The TRANS-ALP project has been implemented by a consortium of environmental, meteo-hydrological and earth observations institutes from Austria and Italy, with the purpose of better understanding the threats related to extreme events at cross-border scale and elaborating new methodologies to improve the impact forecasting of extreme events in the mountain areas. The project is drawing to its conclusion and the partnership wanted to organise a final conference to sharing and discussing future perspectives with experts and stakeholders.

More infos on the event can be found here:

International Conference

ITC talk

On November 15th, Mateo Moreno gave an overview of some of the research findings within the PROSLIDE project. The presentation was entitled Space-time modeling of precipitation-induced shallow landslides in South Tyrol, Italy and it was presented during a series of seminars at the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC),  University of Twente.

ICG 2022

As it was announced in previous days, we glady had the chance to share with the scientific community at the 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) two contributions on the frame of the PROSLDIE project.

 

Stefan Steger gave an oral presentation on Applying a hierarchical Generalized Additive Model to integrate predisposing, preparatory and triggering factors for landslide prediction (session ICG2022-19 – Geomorphological hazards and risk management) –> see more

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Mateo Moreno presented a poster on Comparing different strategies to incorporate the effectively surveyed area into landslide susceptibility modeling (session ICG2022-19 – Geomorphological hazards and risk management) –> see more

 

 

Find out more details at the meeting programme CO Meeting Organizer ICG2022 (copernicus.org)

Extended partner meeting

On the 1st of September, at the Eurac Research headquarters, we hosted the extended partner meeting for the PROSLIDE project with representatives from partner and associated partner institutions. The event had the goal of providing an overview of the recent progress developed within the project, offering room for discussion on improvement options and perspectives on the upcoming project stages.

The full-day meeting was carried out in blocks of presentations mainly divided into the regional-scale and catchment-scale results. For the first one, the presented content covered the landslide inventory preparation, rainfall thresholds and prediction surfaces, pixel-based and slope unit-based dynamic modeling of shallow landslide occurrence. The second part covered the study site selection, fieldwork and laboratory analyses, and the physically-based slope stability modeling. The meeting also included presentation blocks in which the plans for the project’s final phase were shared and discussed with the audience.

In the last part of the day, CNR-IRPI gave two presentations on empirical rainfall thresholds for landslide initiation and the Italian (national and regional) Landslide Early Warning System. Lastly, CNR-ISAC presented the RADAR precipitation estimation for debris flow occurrence in South Tyrol.

We thank all our attendees for the very interesting contributions and lively discussions.

 

ICG 2022

This year, we will also participate in the 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). Two of our contributions in the frame of PROSLIDE were accepted in the format of a 15-min oral presentation and a poster entitled as follows:

Applying a hierarchical Generalized Additive Model to integrate predisposing, preparatory and triggering factors for landslide prediction (session ICG2022-19 – Geomorphological hazards and risk management)  scheduled for Monday, Sep 12th at 18:00 (GMT+1). Please find the abstract here.

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Comparing different strategies to incorporate the effectively surveyed area into landslide susceptibility modeling (session ICG2022-19 – Geomorphological hazards and risk management) scheduled for Tuesday, Sep 13th at 16:45 (GMT+1). Please find the abstract here.

 

Find out more details at the meeting programme CO Meeting Organizer ICG2022 (copernicus.org)

 

EGU General Assembly 2022

This year, we are happy to participate in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2022. We were accepted for two PROSLIDE contributions in the format of 7-min short oral presentations entitled as follows:

A data-driven approach to establish prediction surfaces for rainfall-induced shallow landslides in South Tyrol, Italy (session NH3.7 – Towards reliable landslide early warning systems)  scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th at 14:25 CEST. Please find the abstract here.

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Space-time modeling of rainfall-induced shallow landslides in South Tyrol, Italy (session NH3.6 – Space and time forecasting of landslides) scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th at 13:27 CEST. Please find the abstract here.

For more details about the conference program visit CO Meeting Organizer EGU22 (copernicus.org).

 

 

World Landslide Forum 5 -WLF5

Last Friday, November 5th,  Stefan Steger presented analyses related to the PROSLIDE project to the international landslide research community at the World Landslide Forum 5 WLF5 | World Lanslide Forum 5 (iplhq.org). He presented A statistical exploratory analysis of inventoried movements for South Tyrol (Italy) as part of  the Theme 2: Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation.

Screenshot of the presentation.

 

Field trip – October 8th

The past Friday, October 8th, fieldwork activities were carried out in the Passeier Valley. Like in the previous two field trips (First field trip – June 17th and Field trip campaign July 26th – 30th), the primary goals were to take soil samples and execute the DCPT (Dynamic Cone Penetration Test) to determine hydrological and geotechnical soil properties. This time there was no need for digging a soil pit, as the soil samples could be taken from a large old landslide scarp. According to the owner of the field, this landslide occurred due to an earthquake around 2000.  However, by checking the USGS database of past earthquakes, it was found that the landslide likely correlates to a relatively large earthquake that occurred on July 17th of 2001, with a magnitude of 4.7 and its epicenter in the middle of the Passeier Valley (https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes/quake-info/4826702/mag4quake-Jul-17-2001-northern-Italy.html)

 

Civil Protect 2021

On September 17th, Stefan Steger from Eurac Research participated in the Civil Protect 2021 event to present Proslide activities to the public and local decision makers. The session was entitled Online inventory of mass movements (fierabolzano.it). His presentation was entitled Analisi dei movimenti di massa in Provincia di Bolzano and it was presented during the session Inventario on-line dei movimenti di massa: quali sono i vantaggi per questa amministrazione?

Screenshot of the program event.

 

 

Field trip campaing July 26th – 30th

During the week of July 26th  – 30th, fieldwork in the Passeier Valley was conducted with the main goal of data collection. The collected information corresponds to soil samples and the execution of the Dynamic Cone Penetration Test (DCPT). Laboratory analysis will be carried out from the collected data to classify the soil material and extract hydrological and geotechnical parameters such as soil density, water content, hydraulic conductivity, cohesion, and friction angle, which are essential inputs for the physically-based modeling.

The fieldwork in the five days was mainly divided into two stages. The first one consisted of digging a soil pit (with dimensions of 1m x 1m x 1m) at each previously selected location to have a clean soil profile for descriptions and sampling. Out of the soil profile, two buckets of material and several ring-shaped samples for laboratory analysis were taken at different depths to have a suitable representation of the soil profile. Furthermore, the second stage involved the execution of the DCPT to determine the soil depth and have a general overview of the soil structure. All the sampling and tests were done after discussing and getting permission from the landowners.

Lastly, the fieldwork team was very grateful for the friendliness of the farmers in the Passeier valley. The conversations with them gave great detail of information on the local problems with landslides and of course, their corporation in allowing the samples to be taken from their fields, was also very thankful.