New LAMPRE publication in NHESS

14 July 2014

NHESSD Rapid mapping of event landslides the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslideJuly 2014 - The scientific article "Rapid mapping of event landslides: the 3 December 2013 Montescaglioso landslide (Italy)" by A. Manconi et al " was published in July edition of NHESS. The manuscript deals with a recent event occurred in southern Italy, the Montescaglioso landslide.

Fortunately, this event has not caused fatalities, however, damages were relevant. The Italian National Department of Civil Protection involved both CNR IRPI and CNR IREA in order to perform a rapid characterization of the landslide event. The combination of rapid geomorphological mapping, rapid field mapping, and rapid measurements of three-dimensional deformation has been crucial to support DPC operations during the first emergency phases. In particular, the 3-D deformation field has been retrieved by exploiting the pixel-offset analysis applied to SAR images (Cosmo-SkyMed) acquired across the landslide event.We have shown that in this case standard DInSAR analyses were not suitable to retrieve the deformation field. Indeed, displacements were rapid and in the order of tens of meters, and thus largely overcoming the intrinsic limitations of interferometric analyses. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the PO approach has been applied to provide rapid mapping of the three-dimensional surface displacements in a landslide emergency scenario.

The analyses performed as well as the concept of "rapid mapping" of landslide events in emergency scenarios to support civil protection activities fits very well with the project framework. 

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GA n°: 312384
Project type: Small collaborative project
Start date: 01/03/2013
Duration: 24 months
Total budget: 2,488 mln. €
EC funding: 1,964 mln. €
Total effort in person-month: 284
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº 312384. LAMPRE is managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA)

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