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Rapid mass movements in alpine and volcanic environment. Advances on monitoring, modelling and risk management (co-organized) 
Convener: Velio Coviello  | Co-conveners: Massimo Arattano , Lucia Capra , Marcel Hürlimann , Jonathan Procter 
Weathering, tectonics, gravitational and volcanic processes can transform the regular sediment delivery from unstable slopes in catastrophic mass movements. Fast flow-like landslides such as debris flows are among the most dangerous natural hazards that threaten people and infrastructures in both mountainous and volcanic areas. The quantification of transported sediment by these flow processes, along with their frequency and features (duration, velocity, depth, etc.) is of paramount importance for hazard assessment, land-use planning and design of mitigation measures, including early warning systems.
Documentation and monitoring of these phenomena requires the adoption of a variety of methods. The difficulties in detecting the initiation and the propagation of these processes have progressively prompted research into a wide variety of monitoring technologies. Nowadays, the combination of distributed sensor networks and remote sensing techniques represents a unique opportunity to gather direct observations. A growing number of scientists with diverse backgrounds are dealing with the monitoring of processes ranging from intense bedload transport to large debris flows and lahars. However, there is a need of improving quality and quantity of both documentation procedures and instrumental observations that would provide knowledge for more accurate hazards maps and modeling.
Scientists working in the fields of hazard mapping, modelling, monitoring and early warning of fast flow-like landslides are invited to present their recent advancements in research and feedback from practitioners and decision makers.