Speakers’ list and talk titles


17 October 2019 (in English)


Kate Allstadt, USGS

Researcher at the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center, Golden, CO (USA). Her research focuses on applications of seismic and geophysical techniques to landslide and earthquake hazards. In particular, she focuses on seismically-induced landslide and liquefaction, near-real-time earthquake products, and seismic monitoring and geophysical investigations of landslides and debris flows.

“Progress in seismic characterization of debris flows and lahars: insights from USGS experiments”


Matteo Picozzi, Università di Napoli Federico II

He is researcher at the Department of Physics at the University of Naples Federico II since 2013. Main research interests: Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Response, Seismic Risk, Induced Seismicity, and Site Effects.

“Lessons from seismology: early warning systems for earthquakes”


Lucia Capra, UNAM

Senior researcher and, since 2018, Director of the Geociences Center, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Querétaro (México). Main research interests: volcaniclastic processes and debris avalanches, numerical modeling of debris flows in volcanic environment, instrumental monitoring of lahars for warning purposes.

“Hydrological characterization and instrumental detection of lahars on active volcanoes, Mexico”


Marcel Hürlimann, UPC Barcelona

Associate Professor of Engineering Geology and Head of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences Division at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Spain). His research interests include mass-wasting processes under climate change, debris flow characterization, volcanic landslides and applications of geomatics to slope stability investigations.

“Regional scale debris-flow warning using weather radar applications. Experiences from Catalonia”


Emanuele Marchetti, Università di Firenze

Professore associato presso il Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli studi di Firenze. I suoi attuali interessi di ricerca comprendono la sismologia vulcanica, la acustica infrasonica, la sismometria e il rischio sismico, la propagazione di onde sismiche ed acustiche, la dinamica di valanghe colate detritiche e la radiazione di energia acustica nella banda infrasonica.

“Lessons from volcanoes: infrasonic early warning system for explosive eruptions”


Andreas Schimmel, BOKU Vienna

Andreas Schimmel is working at the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna since 2013. His research work is mainly focused on the development of a warning and identification system for alpine mass movements like debris flows, debris floods or avalanches based on infrasound and seismic data. 

“Identification of alpine mass movements based on a combination of seismic and infrasound signals”


Fabian Walter, ETH Zürich

Assistant professor at ETH Zürich, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (Switzerland). His research focuses on seismogenic processes near the Earth’s surface, in particular within glaciers and ice sheets. Other scientific interests include monitoring of natural hazards and induced seismicity.

“Debris-flow seismology: a playground or a construction site?”


Brian McArdell, WSL Switzerland

Research scientist at Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). Scientific coordination for the Illgraben debris flow observation station, numerical simulation of debris flow and rock avalanche runout. Main research topics: geomorphology, sedimentology, and mechanics of debris flows and rock avalanches; landslide initiation; warning systems; sediment transport in steep channels.

“An analysis of the 2017 rock avalanche and debris flows at Pizzo Cengalo, Switzerland”