Cook R.U., Doornkamp (1990) Geomorphology in environmental management. Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Fred G. Bell (2001) Geologia Ambientale, Zanichelli.
Edward A. Keller (1992) Environmental Geology, Macmillan Publishing Company.
Knowledge acquired: This is a specialized course whose goals Is to provide a specific knowledge on applied environmental Geomorphology and Physical Geography applications with particular attention to the man/environment interactions
Competence acquired: knowledge on methods and applied techniques related to antyropic activities and their influence on environment.
Skills acquired (at the end of the course):Interpretation and identification capability of morphogenetic processes and their interaction with environment and antropic activities
Skill in giving solutions for geological processes mitigation or control in respect of man/environment system.
Physical Geograpy and
Frontal lessons aimed at explaining each topic through slides and relational schemes as well as practical lessons by analyzing thematic maps and graphs or relational schemes on the various modules of the program.
Frequency of lessons is highly recommended, but not mandatory;
Type of Assessment
Presentation of a technical report on a specific subject and answer on some question related on logic connection with the different topic of the program. The technical report will weight 50% on total evaluation.
Aims and Methods of Environmental Geology ; relationships with other disciplines.
- Cultural bases for the definition and description of the environment
Basic concepts and interaction with the social development, cultural man on earth.
- Causes and classification of geomorphological events :
geological factors ; modeling agents ; climatic conditions
- Environment conditions:
physical ; biological ; chemical
- Geomorphology and land management :
territorial dominant elements ;
characterization of the processes that affect morphogenesis in connection with the use of the land by man
- Management and land use
The rivers : fundamentals of hydrology and river morphology ; the changes given from man
Security; notes on the defense systems and recovery.
The coasts : notes on coastal morphology ; changes made by man ; notes on the
defense systems and recovery.
The great engineering works and their impact on the environment : the dams ; the streets
communication ; reclamation .
Methods and techniques of analysis
- The catchment areas :
Quantitative geomorphic analysis ( concepts and methods)
- The thematic mapping in environmental planning
Maps : geological - lithological , soil , geomorphology , slope , land use , morphometric
Derived maps : geomorphological hazards , erosion classes , papers of the dynamics of the forms
Geomorphological hazard -
- General concepts of risk and hazard ;
- Analysis and management of natural hazards;
Hazard - related soil erosion ;
- Hazard related to landslide ;
- Hazard due to flooding ;
- Seismic hazard .
- their identification and management;
- water resources : surface water and groundwater ( management and use ) ;
- the main sources of energy : oil, coal, etc ... ;
- Population growth and energy needs.
Types and methods of pollution: pollution of water ; pollution of rivers and
lakes ; hints on methods of recovery.
Landfills and waste disposal.