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Integral Risk Management of Extremely Rapid Mass Movements

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 18412

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    31 May 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 158 386

  • EU contribution

    € 2 424 014

Coordinated by:

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

Objective

Rock avalanches, debris flows, and snow avalanches are landslide- and landslide-related processes, subsumed under the term extremely rapid mass movements. These processes pose varying degrees of risk to land use, infrastructure, and personal security in ma ny mountainous regions. Despite increasing efforts to quantify the risk in terms of potential damage or loss of life, most previous studies have achieved partial rather than total risk solutions. IRASMOS addresses these shortcomings by reviewing, evaluatin g, and augmenting methodological tools for hazard and risk assessment extremely rapid mass movements. Results will be synthesized in strategies proposed within the framework of an Integral Risk Management (IRM) in selected European mountain catchments, tar geted to equally address measures pertaining to landslide- and snow-avalanche disaster prevention, response, and rehabilitation. The proposed project adopts the character of a comprehensive take-up and feasibility study, recognizing fundamental problems of (a) constraints in data quality, availability, and analysis, (b) constraints in technical, logistical, and financial support, (c) integrating the synchronous or interdependent occurrence of rapid mass movements and their potential off-site and long-term e ffects in a multi-risk context. Key results include a set of IRM Best Practice Handbook for quantifying and managing total risk from rapid mass movements given possible constraints set by known environmental and administrative boundary conditions. Integrat ed critical thresholds needed for risk-oriented planning will be quantified and tested. A comprehensive catalogue of triggers and threshold conditions for extremely rapid mass movements, countermeasures, and sensitivity of hazard, vulnerability, and risk i ndicators will serve as further measures for total risk assessment, allowing customized decision-support for prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation efforts in European mountain ranges.

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Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Address

Zuercherstrasse 111
Birmensdorf

Switzerland

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES METEOROLOGIQUES METEO FRANCE

France

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France

BOKU - UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

NORGES GEOTEKNIKSKE INSTITUT NORWEGIAN GEOTECHNICAL INSTITUTE

Norway

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 18412

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    31 May 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 158 386

  • EU contribution

    € 2 424 014

Coordinated by:

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland