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After the positive experience of the Summer School held in 2017 in the area of Monte Bianco, the initiative is also proposed for 2018. The topic chosen this year is “Multi risk assessment of alpine environment,” i.e., the synoptic characterization of natural risks in the mountain environment. The fragility of mountain areas and their sensitivity to climate change, land use and management are becoming more evident.

The exposure of population and infrastructures to natural hazards is also increasing. Floods, landslides, debris flows, and avalanches are examples of phenomena that are expected to affect mountainous areas with increasing frequency and intensity due to climate change. In this context, systemic attention regarding hazards, vulnerability, and resulting risk assessment is needed.

The educational and field activities will take place in the Ossola region (northern part of Piedmont region) and its valleys, which represent an operating environment suitable for multi-risk analysis and an exemplary context in the European panorama.