A New Approach Based on Terrestrial Remote-sensing Techniques for Rock Fall Hazard Assessment

  • Paolo MazzantiEmail author
  • Alessandro Brunetti
  • Alberto Bretschneider
Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)


Remote-sensing techniques are changing the way of investigating the Earth and its surface processing. Among these, rock fall from vertical cliffs are very frequent and difficult to be investigated because they frequently occur from inaccessible places. At this regard, terrestrial remote-sensing techniques represent a great opportunity for investigating inaccessible cliffs from a remote position. In this paper, a new approach for the investigation of rock cliff and the prioritization of rock fall hazard based on data collected by remote-sensing techniques has been developed and applied to a real coastal cliff located in the southern part of Italy. By the herein presented approach, data derived from a survey performed by the combination of terrestrial laser scanner, ground-based SAR interferometry and infrared thermography are used in order to identify both predisposing factors (mapping of discontinuities) and state of activity indicators of rock instabilities. Hence, a prioritizations map of the cliff in terms of stability interventions is achieved that can be easily used by local authorities in charge of land management.


Ground-based SAR interferometry Terrestrial laser scanning Infrared thermography Priority maps State of activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Mazzanti
    • 2
    • 3
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandro Brunetti
    • 2
  • Alberto Bretschneider
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Earth Sciences‘Sapienza’ University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.NHAZCA S.r.l., spin-off ‘La Sapienza’ University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.CERI, Research Centre for the Prevention, Prediction and Control of Geological Risks‘LA Sapienza’ University of RomeRomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of Geotechnics, Environment, Natural Hazards and Earth SciencesIFSTTARNantesFrance

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