Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1545–1549, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1545-2015

Special issue: Landslide Prediction & Forecasting

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1545–1549, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1545-2015

Brief communication 13 Jul 2015

Brief communication | 13 Jul 2015

Brief Communication: A new testing field for debris flow warning systems

M. Arattano1, V. Coviello1, M. Cavalli2, F. Comiti3, P. Macconi4, J. Theule3, and S. Crema2 M. Arattano et al.
  • 1Italian National Research Council (CNR), Research Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection (IRPI), Torino, Italy
  • 2Italian National Research Council (CNR), Research Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection (IRPI), Padova, Italy
  • 3Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  • 4Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

Abstract. A permanent field installation for the systematic test of debris flow warning systems and algorithms has been equipped on the eastern Italian Alps. The installation was also designed to produce didactic videos and it may host informative visits. The populace education is essential and should be envisaged in planning any research on hazard mitigation interventions: this new installation responds to this requirement and offers an example of integration between technical and informative needs. The occurrence of a debris flow in 2014 allowed the first tests of a new warning system under development and to record an informative video on its performances. This paper will provide a description of the installation and an account of the first technical and informative results obtained.

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A testing field for debris flow Early Warning Systems (EWSs) has been equipped in the Gadria basin (eastern Italian Alps). The installation is conceived to produce didactic videos and host informative visits. The populace involvement and education is an essential step in hazard mitigation interventions and it should be planned during any research activity on that topic. In the summer of 2014, the occurrence of a debris flow in the Gadria creek allowed for a first test of a geophone-based EWS.
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