SUMMER SCHOOL 2019: SLOPE INSTABILITIES IN A HUMAN MODIFIED ENVIRONMENT: THE CASE STUDY OF CINQUE TERRE UNESCO AREA (ITALY)
The 3rd Summer School on natural hazards and engineering geology applications organized by CNR IRPI and the Doctoral School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia took place in Cinque Terre (Liguria). The summer school, endorsed for the first time by IAEG, was dedicated to the study of the impact of human landscape modifications on the slope stability. The location chosen for the summer School was Cinque Terre, an incredible UNESCO area where the past activity of people who lived at Cinque Terre had strongly modified the environment creating one of the most beautiful terraced area of the world.
The course was held from the 18th until 21st June 2019 thanks to the fundamental support of Cinque Terre National Park and its Study Centre for Geological Risks. As usual, participants followed two days of lectures and two full-day field trips, which goal was to illustrate the main geological settings and the geomorphological processes of this area, related risks and possible systems for monitoring and risk mitigation of slope instabilities.
Thanks to the hospitality of the National Park of Cinque Terre, the lectures took place in the park headquarter located in the heart of Cinque Terre.
The field trips gave to participants the possibility to discover the “Sentiero Azzurro” trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, and to appreciate the Cinque Terre from the sea, by a dedicated cruise along the coast from Riomaggiore to La Spezia.
The last field trip was dedicated to the effects of 2011 floods by visiting a part of Vernazza basin.
This Summer School attracted many PhD students, concluding in 33 participants from Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
Participants had an opportunity to learn and observe in detail geo-hydrological risks that characterize this territory, such as rock falls, debris flows and rockslides. In addition, they could follow the complete workflow: risk identification – risk study – appropriate risk mitigation design.