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SECOND SUMMER SCHOOL OF IAEG and the environment


Aosta Valley (ITALY) 3 – 11 July 2023

The school is dedicated to PhD students in Earth Sciences and Engineering Geology
The number of participants is limited Application deadline: March 30, 2023


For more information:
The call for application is open!

Marco Alderighi Univ. of Aosta Valley, Italy
Marco Cavalli Daniele Giordan CNR IRPI, Italy
Edoardo Cremonese ARPA of Aosta Valley Region, Italy
Giovanni Crosta Univ. of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Jean Pierre Fosson, Fabrizio Troilo Fondazione Montagna Sicura, Italy
Marten Geertsema Univ. of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Paolo Frattini Univ. of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Wilfried Haeberli Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland
Michael L Kyburz Inst. for Snow and Avalanche Research, Switzerland
Emanuela Lingua Univ. of Padova, Italy
Bruno Majone Univ. of Trento, Italy
Claudia Notarnicola EURAC, Italy
Elisa Palazzi Univ. of Torino, Italy
Antonio Parodi CIMA Foundation, Italy
Raffaele Rocco, Sara Ratto, Davide Bertolo Aosta Region Administration, Italy
Maria Cristina Rulli Politecnico of Milano, Italy
Tibor Stigter Delft Inst. for Water Education, The Nederlands
Francesco Zucca Univ. of Pavia, Italy

IAEG Summer School 2023

The impacts of climate change are manifested and expressed through an increased frequency and magnitude of extreme events. Floods, windstorms, intense rainfall and drought are all expressions of this ongoing change that can significantly impact infrastructure and human activities. In this context, characterised by substantial variability, an understanding of these extreme processes and their impacts is fundamental for understanding which adaptation and mitigation strategies can be developed in the immediate future. The hazard assessment methods need to consider the variations in the natural environmental and anthropogenic systems, which lead to imbalances in the estimation of the return periods and the realisation of scenarios. Only through a better definition of the possible scenarios and impacts of these extreme events will it be possible to increase resilience and develop new and more effective mitigation strategies. The aim of the IAEG 2023 summer school is to focused on characterising extreme events with significant geo-hydrological impacts and mitigating their effects with the implementation of new approaches and techniques.


Monday – July 3 2023 – Introductions and background to school and fundamental principals/concepts
8.00 – 9.30 Summer school registration
9.30 – 10.00 Introduction to the IAEG Summer School and presentation of IAEG activities
10.00 –10.30 Welcome to the Aosta Valley Region Raffaele Rocco – Sara Ratto (Aosta Valley region Authority) 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Introduction to climatic characteristics of the Aosta Valley Region and local climate change effects Edoardo Cremonese (ARPA VDA)
12.00 – 13.00 The management of geo-hydrological processes and effects in by the Centro Funzionale of Aosta Valley region Sara Ratto (Aosta Valley region Authority)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.15 Climate change and its amplified effects in the mountains Elisa Palazzi (UNITO) 16.15 – 18.00 Students’ presentations
18.00 – 19.00 Ice-break cocktail

Tuesday July 4 2023 – Hydro-metrological Hazards
9.00-10.45 Hydrology in a climate change – Bruno Majone (UNITN)
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Extreme rainfall events: dynamic and critical points – Antonio Parodi (CIMA)
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Impacts of climate changes to related processes in high mountains – Marten Geertsema (UNBC) 16.30 – 18.00 Impacts of extreme rainfall on slope stability – Paolo Frattini (UNIMIB)

Wednesday – Field trip July 5 2023
Goillet Dam dam and power plant (Grand Sometta rock glacier and Cime Bianche DSGSD) vist

Thursday – workshop July 6 2023 – Remote sensing techniques to aid mapping
9.00-10.45 workshop (Digital image correlation)
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 workshop (Digital image correlation)
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 workshop (remote sensing applications for flood and landslide mapping) 16.15-18.00 workshop (remote sensing applications for flood and landslide mapping)

Friday July 7 2023 – Cascading hazards
9.00-10.45 Windstorms: impacts on slope instabilities and restoration procedures- Emanuele Lingua
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Snow avalanches and cascading mass movements Michael Kyburz (SLF) 13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Debris Flow: dynamic and risk assessment – Marco Cavalli (CNR IRPI)
16.15-18.00 Monitoring snowpack dynamics and related water resources with Earth Observation data Claudia Notarnicola (EURAC)

Saturday – Field trip July 8 2023
Brenva Rockslide, Planpincieux Glacier, Mont de La Saxe Rockslide (Giordan, Crosta, Bertolo, Zucca, Troilo)

SUNDAY July 9 2023
Free tour of Aosta

Monday July 10 2023 – Management of climate change and hazard impacts
9.00-10.45 Management of the impact of climate change in high mountain regions – Wilfried Haeberli (UZH)
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Water management and drought: mitigation and adaptation strategies – Maria Cristina Rulli (POLIMI)
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 The role of groundwater in adaptation to climate change impacts – Tibor Stigter (IHE Delft) 16.15-18.00 Climate changes, economy and adaptation (UNIVDA)

Tuesday –July 11 2023 – Risk management of geo-hydrological processes and correct communication procedures
9.00-10.45 Management of geo-hydrological processes at the regional scale Centro funzionale Aosta Valley Region
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Risk management and communication (UNIVDA)
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.15 Communication of risks in high mountain regions – Jean Pierre Fosson (FMS)