, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 311–321 | Cite as

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy affected by geological problems, specifically landslide and flood hazard

Original Article


A National Research Council, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection (IRPI) study on Italian monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List has revealed that many are affected by geological, geomorphological, and engineering geological problems. These monuments are static entities set in an environment that often manifests highly dynamic processes. As part of the efforts to protect sites of cultural and natural heritage, this study has applied a preliminary and empirical Geographical Information System-based method developed to characterize the environmental hazards at the sites where the monuments are located. Because the study of hydrogeological degradation falls within the province of IRPI, this hazard zoning focuses on river and mountain slope dynamics specifically concerning landslides and floods.


UNESCO World Heritage Italy Hazard Landslides Floods 



The study was carried out within the framework of a research contract with MURST (Ministry of Universities, Scientific and Technological Research). We wish to thank the Comunità Montana Valli Chisone and Germanasca for providing some environmental shape files. Lastly, we would like to thank the two anonymous referees and Mrs. Maia Ibsen for their helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR-IRPI TurinTorinoItaly

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