Applied geomorphology

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
the course provides tools for reading in the landscape the signs of geomorphological hazards and risks, human interference and geomorphological resources
Expected learning outcomes
(1)Ability in analysing the geomorhological hazards and risks associated to geomorphic processes (2) Ability and in analysing the relationship between geomorphological processes, natural resources and environmental impacts (3) Ability in identifying geomorphic features in anthropized areas, in relation with geomorpohological heritage and hazard
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Applied geomorphology: definitions and key concepts: Methods and techniques.

Section A: Geomorpological hazard and risk. Relationship between geomorphology and resources. Land-use planning.
Geomorphological hazard and risk: key concepts on environmental hazard, vulnerability and risk.
Hazard/risk and superficial processes (weathering processes, running water, soil erosion, gravity processes and mass movements). Mitigation and management. .
Atmospheric hazard and consequences.
Hydrogeological and fluvial hazard and risk: floods, erosion, subsidence etc (monitoring, mitigation, management); hazard in karst environments.
Coastal environment hazard and risk: geomorphological processes and coastal dynamic, coastal erosion, defense actions.
Hazard and risk in specific morphoclimatic and morphogenetic environments

Section B Cultural Geomorphology
Cultural landscape.
Geomorphological heritage: the landscape resource, from geomorphological processes to geosites (definitions, census, evaluation, valorization, promotion, geoconservation).
Sites of gemorphological interest an tourism: geotrails, geocultural itineraries.
Geoheritage fruition: implications in term of hazard, impacts and risk.

Section C
Anthropic geomorphology and urban geomorphology.
Landscape and human settlements, man as geomorphic agent, anthropic processes and effect/impact on the landscape. Anthropic landforms.
Relations between anthropic activities on geomorphological hazard and risk and on geoheritage. Urbanization and consequences, with mitigation strategies.
Prerequisites for admission
Key concepts of Geology, Physical Geography and Geomorphology.
Teaching methods
Lessons and activities on study cases
During the course a variety of instructional methods to accomplish the objectives will be applied, including some of the followings:

Field Work
Multimedia material
Thematic maps and Aerial Photos Analysis
Teaching Resources
Personal notes and scientific articles indicated in class.

Suggested texts::
Section A
Panizza M., Manuale di geomorfologia applicata, Franco Angeli
Fred G. Bell, Geologia ambientale Teoria e pratica, Zanichelli
(for key concepts in geomorphology: Panizza Mario, Geomorfologia quarta edizione, Pitagora Ed. Bologna)
Section B
Panizza e Piacente Geomorfologia culturale. Pitagora Editrice, Bologna.
Reynard E., Brilha J.- Geoheritage. Assessment, Protection, and Management, Elsevier.
Section C
D'Orefice M., Graciotti R. (2015) Rilevamento geomorfologico e cartografia: realizzazione, lettura, interpretazione. Flaccovio Dario Ed.
Sauro et al. (2019) - Dalla carta topografica al paesaggio - Atlante ragionato. Global map ed.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test focusing on the proposed contents and topics.
The knowledge of the contents and the ability to interpret study cases, applied geomorphological maps and thematic maps will be evaluated.

The exam aims at:
- ascertaining the student's knowledge of the topics concerning geomorphological hazard and risk, cultural geomorphology and geomorphological resources, anthropic geomorphology and urban geomorphology
- ascertaining the student ability in thematic maps lecture.
The final mark proposed to the student is in thirtieths (sufficiency 18/30)
During the tests, the student cannot consult books, manuals or notes except for the mental / conceptual maps for DSA certified students only and who have agreed on the compensatory tools with the teachers.
Lessons: 48 hours
Upon appointment arranged through e-mail
Room 54 or 59, First Floor