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Research article 02 Jan 2018

Research article | 02 Jan 2018

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Rainfall events with shallow landslides in the Entella catchment (Liguria, Northern Italy)

Anna Roccati1, Francesco Faccini2, Fabio Luino1, Laura Turconi1, and Fausto Guzzetti3 Anna Roccati et al.
  • 1Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Strada della Cacce 73, 10135 Torino, Italy
  • 2Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, University of Genoa, Corso Europa 26, 16132 Genova, Italy
  • 3Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via della Madonna Alta 126, 06128 Perugia, Italy

Abstract. In the recent decades, the Entella River basin, in the Liguria Apennines, Northern Italy, was hit by numerous intense rainfall events that triggered shallow landslides, soil slips and debris flows, causing casualties and extensive damage. We analysed landslides information obtained from different sources and rainfall data recorded in the period 2002–2016 by rain gauges scattered in the catchment, to identify the event rainfall duration, D (in h), and rainfall intensity, I (in mmh−1), that presumably caused the landslide events. Rainfall-induced landslides affected all the catchment area, but were most frequent and abundant in the central part, where the three most severe events hit on 24 November 2002, 21–22 October 2013, and 10 November 2014. Examining the timing and location of the failures, we found that the rainfall-induced landslides occurred primarily at the same time or within six hours from the maximum peak rainfall intensity, and at or near the geographical location where the rainfall intensity was largest. Adopting a Frequentist approach, we define the event rainfall intensity–event duration ID, threshold for the possible initiation of shallow landslides and debris flows in the Entella River basin. The threshold is lower than most of the thresholds proposed in the literature for similar mountain catchments, local areas and single regions in Italy. Analysis of the antecedent rainfall conditions for different periods, from 3 to 15 days, revealed that the antecedent rainfall did not play a significant role in the initiation of landslides in the Entella catchment. We expect that our findings will be useful in regional to local landslides early warning systems, and for land-planning aimed at reducing landslides risk in the study area.

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Natural instability processes are very common. Almost every year, landslides, mud flows and debris flows in the Alpine and Apennine areas and flooding in the Po flood plain cause severe damage to structures and infrastructure and often claim human lives. The geologist researchers collect thousands of rain data and process them to try the most precise prediction about the triggering of superficial landslides in order to mitigate the risk and safeguard the human goods and lives.
Natural instability processes are very common. Almost every year, landslides, mud flows and...