Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 6, 563–571, 2006

Special issue: Vulnerability assessment in natural hazard and risk analysis...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 6, 563–571, 2006

  27 Jun 2006

27 Jun 2006

Geomorphological hazard and tourist vulnerability along Portofino Park trails (Italy)

P. Brandolini1, F. Faccini1, and M. Piccazzo2 P. Brandolini et al.
  • 1DISAM Department, University of Genoa, Italy
  • 2DIPTERIS Department, University of Genoa, Italy

Abstract. The many trails existing in the coastal area of Portofino Promontory are used by tourists for trekking or as pathways to small villages and beaches. The aim of this paper is to define geomorphological hazard and tourist vulnerability in this area, within the framework of the management and planning of hiking activities in Portofino Natural Park.

In particular, processes triggered by gravity, running waters and wave motion, affecting the slopes and the cliff, are considered. The typology of the trails and trail maintenance are also taken into account in relation to weather conditions that can make the excursion routes dangerous for tourists.

In conclusion, an operative model is applied for the definition of possible risk scenarios. This model is founded on an inventory and the quantification of geomorphological hazards and tourist vulnerability, in comparison with trail rescue data. The model can be applied to other environments and tourist areas.