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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGO2045212, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST SCIENCE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VINCENZO D'AGOSTINO AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: Basics on forest hydrology
Target skills and knowledge: The goal of the course is: 1) understanding the tight linkages between the forms and the physical processes occurring in mountain rivers; 2) in depth knowing the erosion processes in mountain and hilly catchments as well as the sustainable measures to reestablish slopes stability, and to control torrential processes and sediment dynamics along the drainage network. Students will learn how to plan the mountain basin management trough the integration between structural and not structural actions. The available criteria will be presented under a forest engineering perspective with more emphasis on soil reinforcement with vegetation and river morphology restoration through replication of natural river morphology. The theory will be corroborated by exemplificative case studies.
Examination methods: Written exam with open questions plus a presentation and discussion of a technical report.
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria: 60% written exam; 40% technical report preparation and presentation.
Course unit contents: 1 ECTS (= 1 CFU) - Erosive forms in the landscape. Rill, interrill and gully erosion. The mechanisms of erosion and their linkages with catchment morphology and environmental conditions.
1 ECTS - Fundamentals of open-channel hydraulics. Incipient motion of sediments. Sediment transport capacity. Lane’s balance.
1 ECTS - The Universal Soil Loss Equation: USLE. Use and applications.
1 ECTS - Landslide classification. Infinite slope analysis. Erosion control on hilly and mountain slopes: soil bioengineering techniques, root contribution, use of geo-textiles, bench terraces and drainages.
1 ECTS - Erosion control in rivers and mountain streams.
1 ECTS - Field trip and preparation to case study/technical reports.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (50%). Practical exercises and applications (35%). Discussion on case studies with practioners working for soil conservation services (15%).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides presented during the lectures are available.
Teaching content download at the following link: (Moodle Platform of the School).
Useful books as integration of the reference book are the following:
Darby S. E., Simon A. (eds.) (1999): Incised river channels: processes, forms engineering and management. Wiley, Chichester (UK).
Morgan R.P.C, Rickson R.J.(eds.) (1995): Slope stabilization and erosion control: a bioengineering approach. E & FN Spon, London (UK).

Students will be received on Tuesday from 3.00 to 5.00 PM
or via e-mail agreement.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Morgan R.P.C., Soil Erosion and Conservation (third edition). Oxford (UK): Blackwell Publishing, 2005.