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Catchrisk
It study the damage caused by precipitation in the Alpine area. The project uses mathematical simulations and historical studies to understand the causes behind landslides, mudslides and flooding. Funded by the Interreg IIIB program, the project aims to create an observatory capable of predicting the likelihood of a natural disaster and alerting in advance the regions at risk.
 


Landslides Dynamics
The understanding and studying of the deep deformation phenomena is important because often they are associated with large landslides that may interact with anthropogenic structures of various kinds such as dams, pipelines, urban settlements.

Often those phenomena concern a large area in a single event, sometimes causing such a big disruption of the morphology hardly to be erasable for several centuries.

A typical example in Ticino was the accumulation of ?Buzza di Biasca? in the 1512 with an estimated volume of more than 20 Mm³.

The IST is active on large landslides research through the application of 2D and 3D numerical models that allow: to understand the causes of kinematics and dynamics of the slopes in agreement with geological and geomorphological field observations; to understand the evolution strength fields that caused the deformation; and to assess the possible relationships between the deep deformations and the movement data available from the monitoring.