Geology, Engineering & History
The Conference plans two field trips — one before the Conference and one after — for visiting sites with debris flows activity, and the corresponding mitigation measures, in the Western Italian Alps. Participation in the field trips is optional, and a fee is charged that is in addition to the basic fee required to attend the Conference. Only Conference attendees and their guests can participate in the field trips.
The number of participants that can be accommodated on each trip is limited; therefore, those interested in participating in the field trips should register together with their registration to the Conference (upcoming).
Debris Flows in the Susa Valley (1 day)
This 1-day trip will tour the highly urbanized Susa Valley, containing primary infrastructure connecting Italy and France. The tour will focus on an unusual, wildfire-induced debris/mud flow occurred in June 2018. The tour also crosses Roman and Medieval monuments, testament of the age-long strategic importance of the valley.
Date: June 25, 2023
Debris Flows in the Aosta Valley (2 days)
This 2-day trip, starting after the conclusion of the Conference, will visit the Aosta Valley, a mountainous region entirely in the Alps. The Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, dominates the region. This valley history of coexistence between communities and geohazards stretching back to the Romans. The tour will include a hike to the debris-flow monitoring site at St. Vincent, and to the massive mitigation structures protecting Pollein, near Aosta. A highlight of the trip is the possibility to visit the skyway station at the base of the Mont Blanc peak, itself threatened by landslide activity and glacier collapses.
Date: June 29-30, 2023