Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Brief communication
13 Jul 2015
Brief communication |  | 13 Jul 2015

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

M. Arattano, V. Coviello, M. Cavalli, F. Comiti, P. Macconi, J. Theule, and S. Crema

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Abancó, C., Hürlimann, M., and Moya, J.: Analysis of the ground vibration generated by debris flows and other torrential processes at the Rebaixader monitoring site (Central Pyrenees, Spain), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 929–943,, 2014.
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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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