GIS analysis of debris volume mobilized by heavy rainstorm in North-Eastern Sicily

Nathalie Morey, Giuseppe Tito Aronica, Gabriele Leone, Claudio Puglisi

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On October 1st 2009, after a very rainy season, a violent rainstorm poured down Giampilieri, in North-Eastern Sicily with damages to property, buildings, roads, bridges and moreover, loss of human lives. The main focus of this work concerns the analysis of debris volume that has been carried out during this event through the definition of methodologies and determination of techniques that can be applied to evaluate assessment, define crisis scenarios and predict situations of possible debris-mud flows. Here, a series of open-source GIS-based algorithms using spatial analysis has been used in order to perform the calculation of debris-mud flows volume moved during rainstorm. By comparing the volume and run out of past events Rickenmann(Nat Hazards 19(1):47-77, 1999), it is possible to identify empirical site-specific formulas to estimate run out distance of potential events. The analysis issue helps in assessing risk for establishing policies of land planning and civil protection activities. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd World Landslide Forum, WLF 2011 - , Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


Conference2nd World Landslide Forum, WLF 2011
Period1/1/13 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Morey, N., Aronica, G. T., Leone, G., & Puglisi, C. (2013). GIS analysis of debris volume mobilized by heavy rainstorm in North-Eastern Sicily. Paper presented at 2nd World Landslide Forum, WLF 2011, Italy.