Relevance of Database for the Management of Historical Information on Climatic and Geomorphological Processes Interacting with High Mountain Landscapes

  • Guido NigrelliEmail author
  • Marta Chiarle
Conference paper


In the framework of the activities of the GeoClimAlp research group (Geomorphological impacts of Climate change in the Alps), a system of databases has been developed for the storage and management of glacial, periglacial and mountain digital resources, related to the Greater Alpine Region in general, and to the North-Western Italian Alps in particular. These resources are historical documents, publications, photos, aerial photographs, antique and recent maps, instrumental and survey data, related to: (i) alpine glaciers; (ii) natural instability processes and landforms in glacial/periglacial areas; (iii) hydro-climatic conditions of the alpine areas. This wealth of knowledge is mainly referred to the last 150 years. The GeoClimAlp digital resources stored in these databases are mainly used to: (i) study the spatial-temporal evolution of alpine glaciers; (ii) study the geomorphological processes, and in particular natural instability, that occur at high altitude (over 2000 m a.s.l.), in particular as a consequence of climate change; (iii) assess the hydro-climatic conditions of the glacial/periglacial and mountain areas; (iv) conduct research on climate change in the alpine environment.


Database Geomorphology Climatology Alps Italy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheIstituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, GeoClimAlp Research GroupTurinItaly

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