Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 989–1008, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-989-2012
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 989–1008, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-989-2012

Research article 16 Apr 2012

Research article | 16 Apr 2012

A "simulation chain" to define a Multidisciplinary Decision Support System for landslide risk management in pyroclastic soils

E. Damiano1, P. Mercogliano2, N. Netti3, and L. Olivares1 E. Damiano et al.
  • 1Department of Civil Engineering – Second University of Naples, Aversa (CE), Italy
  • 2CMCC – Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, Capua, Italy
  • 3Department of Economics – University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Abstract. This paper proposes a Multidisciplinary Decision Support System (MDSS) as an approach to manage rainfall-induced shallow landslides of the flow type (flowslides) in pyroclastic deposits. We stress the need to combine information from the fields of meteorology, geology, hydrology, geotechnics and economics to support the agencies engaged in land monitoring and management. The MDSS consists of a "simulation chain" to link rainfall to effects in terms of infiltration, slope stability and vulnerability. This "simulation chain" was developed at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) (meteorological aspects), at the Geotechnical Laboratory of the Second University of Naples (hydrological and geotechnical aspects) and at the Department of Economics of the University of Naples "Federico II" (economic aspects). The results obtained from the application of this simulation chain in the Cervinara area during eleven years of research allowed in-depth analysis of the mechanisms underlying a flowslide in pyroclastic soil.

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