Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1057–1070, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-1057-2011
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1057–1070, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-1057-2011

  07 Apr 2011

07 Apr 2011

Volcanic hazard and risk assessment in a multi-source volcanic area: the example of Napoli city (Southern Italy)

I. Alberico1, P. Petrosino2, and L. Lirer2 I. Alberico et al.
  • 1Centro Interdipartimentale Ricerca Ambiente (CIRAM), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Mezzocannone 16, Napoli, Italy
  • 2Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Largo S. Marcellino 10, Napoli, Italy

Abstract. The possible emplacement of pyroclastic fall and flow products from Campi Flegrei and Somma-Vesuvio represents a threat for the population living in Napoli city. For this area, the volcanic hazard was always partially investigated to define the hazard related to the Campi Flegrei or to the Somma-Vesuvio activity one at a time. A new volcanic hazard and risk assessment, at the municipality scale, as a vital tool for decision-making about territorial management and future planning, is presented here.

In order to assess the hazard related to the explosive activity of both sources, we integrated the results of field studies and numerical simulations, to evaluate the future possibility for Napoli to be hit by the products of an explosive eruption. This is defined for the Somma Vesuvio central volcano through the sum of "field frequency" based on the thickness and distribution of past deposits (Lirer et al., 2001), and for the Campi Flegrei volcanic field by suitably processing simulated events based on numerical modelling (Alberico et al., 2002; Costa et al., 2009). Aiming at volcanic risk assessment, the hazard areas were joined with the exposure map, considered for our purposes as the economical value of artefacts exposed to hazard. We defined four risk classes, and argued that the medium and low-very low risk classes have the largest extent in Napoli municipality, whereas only few zones located in the eastern part of the city and in the westernmost coastal area show a high risk, owing to the correspondence of high economical value and high hazard.

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