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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01122667, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISK PROTECTION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basics on hydrology, hydraulics, and managament of mountain basins
Target skills and knowledge: The course deepens the knowledge of mountain watershed management and soil bioengineering techniques. The student will know basic mechanisms of hillslope/river instability in mountain areas: avalanches, landslides, debris flows, bedload transport, woody debris, bank failure, thalweg erosion. Goals of learning are also: i) methods and tools for mapping areas which can be affected by such natural disturbances; ii) proactive and passive planning actions and works to mitigate hazard, vulnerability and risk.
Examination methods: Two 'in itinere' tests (3 open questions for each test) or an unique oral assessment. Partial weights of the final mark: 80% for the 'in itinere' or oral exam, 20% for the active partecipation to the pc-laboratory sessions and field trip (or alternative tasks in case of lack of partecipation).
Assessment criteria: - Correct use of technical terminology.
- Full knowledge of the programm content.
- Capacity to consistently link the concepts delivered by the teacher.
- Critical skill on the basics and advanced content of the course and practical application.
Course unit contents: - Debris-flow phenomenology. Mud flows and granular flows. Magnitude estimation of debris-flow events: debris-graph, volume, peak discharge, velocity, surge depth, runout distance. Field evidences and past events. Avalanches phenomenology and comparison with debris flows, routing and runout (4 ECTS/CFU).

- Strategies to mitigate effects of ‘torrential’ floods. Check dams to retain sediments and Large Wood, debris flow breakers. Structures for woody debris control. Open check dams and bedload dosing. Sediment deposition basins. Protection works against avalanches (2 ECTS/CFU).

- Hazard mapping in case of 'torrential floods" and avalanches: a) empirical methods; b) deterministic methods; c) numerical models. Exercise session using a numerical model (2 ECTS/CFU).

- Mountain rivers dynamics and hydraulic safety. Flow behavior of steep streams with high roughness. River bank stabilization: traditional hydraulic works, bioengineering and river-morphological approaches. Design and flow behavior of vegetated channels and of mountain rivers managed with bioengineering techniques. Field trip (1 ECTS/CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, applications on case studies (PC-room), field trip.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides presented during the lectures are available.
Teaching content download at the following link: (Moodle Platform of the School).

Students will be received on Tuesday from 3.00 to 5.00 PM
or via e-mail agreement.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ferro V., Dalla Fontana S.; Puglisi S., Scotton P., D’Agostino V., Opere di sistemazione idraulico-forestale a basso impatto ambientale. Milano: Mc-Graw-Hill, 2004.

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