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LANDSLIP: Landslide Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Preparedness and Early Warning in South Asia Integrating Meteorology, Landscape and Society

Landslide Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Preparedness and Early Warning in South Asia Integrating Meteorology, Landscape and Society (LANDSLIP) has been funded under the UK NERC/DFID SHEAR (Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience) programme, which aims to support improved disaster resilience and humanitarian response by advancing monitoring, assessment and prediction of natural hazards and risks across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and through working with users, bringing this into use to reduce the impacts of disasters.

Safety: Sentinel for Geohazards regional monitoring and forecasting

Pilot and demonstration projects with replication capacity focusing on urban resilience to disasters. Projects should build upon existing knowledge and good practices (e.g. resilient cities scoreboard and campaign, local resilience forums, local climate change adaptation strategies). European Commission, Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection - ECHO. Ref No: ECHO/SUB/2015/718679/PREV02.

Cost of Natural Hazards in Italy

In Italy, naural hazards cause significant societal and economic damages. Despite the frequent losses, Italy does not have rigorous strategies and methods for a through evaluation of the costs of natural disasters. In particular, Italy lacks sound economic estimates of damage due to earthquakes, landslides, and floods. Most of the available estimates are limited to the cost components of the public budget post-event restorations and reimbursements, and do not account for to the total economic costs. The project, financed by the Fondazione Generali and lead by Prof. Roberto Zoboli, aims to address the lack of economic knowledge on natural disasters in Italy by developing analyses to assess the economic estimates of natural disasters, with specific reference to Italy. The research hypothesis is that the general socio-economic cost of disasters in Italy is underestimated. The main objective of the project is to examine four levels of cost evaluation: (i) an advance in the ex-post analysis for the quantification of the total private and public costs of natural disasters occurred in Italy, based on rigorous economic criteria; (ii) based on an ex-ante analysis, aimed to the evaluation of the economic and social risk, which represents a further step to quantify technical-scientific risk assessment; (iii) an economic evaluation of prevention/mitigation policies, whether they are based on structural measures or, on more complex and interesting non-structural measures; and (iv) an investigation of the possible role of insurance schemes, in close connection with prevention/mitigation investments, as part of a national strategy for natural disasters.

Detection, mapping and classification of mass movements on Mars

We are conducting a systematic mapping of landslides in the Valles Marineris, a region of Mars where landslides are abundant. We characterise the mass movements, including deep-seated slides and rock avalanches, flows, rock glaciers, and talus deposits, and we investigate the statistics of landslide size (i.e., area and volume) which we find different for the Martian slides than for the terrestrial landslides. Martian landslides are significantly larger than their terrestrial equivalents, with the proportion of large vs. small slides larger on Mars than on Earth. We have obtained a dependency to link the area and volume of the Martian slides that can be used to estimate landslide volumes in other areas of Mars.

U-Geohaz. Geohazard impact assessment for urban areas

The project is financed by European Commission, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). Unit A/4 – Civil Protection Policy. It is focused on monitoring geohazard-associated ground deformations, a key prevention action specifically addressed to urban areas and critical infrastructures. The project will propose a procedure to produce maps to assess continuously the potential impact of geohazard activity. These maps will provide inputs to support early warning, giving information on the stability of the monitored areas and to evaluate the expected damage. For more information

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