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RISC-KIT Summer School I - Ferrara, Italy



The First RISC-KIT Summer School will be held at Università Degli Studi Di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy from 12-16 September 2016.


Course Outline*:

The course will comprise theoretical and practical components including lectures, discussion groups, practical exercises and a field trip to a local site that is a Case Study for the RISC-KIT project. The students will be given the opportunity to apply the RISC-KIT tools using a subset of data for a real Case Study area and will be taught how to interpret the outputs of those tools. No previous experience in modelling or the use of GIS is expected. Computer facillities will be provided, together with the relevant, open-source software. 



Dr. Paolo Ciavola, Dr. Clara Armaroli, Dr. Enrico Duo, Dr. Christophe Viavattene, Dr. Jose Jiminez, Dr. Grit Martinez, and Dr. Ap van Dongeren.




Day   Theme    Lecturer(s)
Mon 12/09  

Introduction to the RISC-KIT toolbox

Presentation of the Case Study site, Porto Garibaldi

Coastal Risk. Assessment Framework (CRAF) Phase 1 - Identifying hotspots along the coastline.


Dr. Ap Van Dongeren

Prof. Paolo Ciavola

Dr. Clara Armaroli

Mr. Enrico Duo

Dr. Christophe Viavattene

Prof. Jose Jiminez


Tues 13/09  

CRAF Phase II - Deepening our knowledge of hotspots on a smaller regional scale.

Introduction to the Coastal Vulnerability Library

Introduction to the CRAF Phase II INDRA model



Prof. Jose Jiminez

Mr. Enrico Duo

Dr. Christophe Viavattene

Weds 14/09   Visit to Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio on the Italian Adriatic coast.  

Dr. Clara Armaroli

Mr. Enrico Duo


Thurs 15/09  

Applying RISC-KIT tools to assess coastal flood impacts, vulnerability and resilience of the Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio field site. 

Hotspot Impact Assessment



Dr. Christophe Viavattene,

Prof. Jose Jiminez  

Fri 16/09  

Societal dimensions in coastal risk management: illustrated at the example of a DRR web- based management guide



Dr. Grit Martinez 


 *The programme is liable to change in accordance with logistical limitations.


Field Trip Site: Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio, Italy.

The Case Study site of Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio is a 9km stretch of coast, located in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, facing the Northern Adriatic Sea. It is located in the Po plain, to the south of the Po River Delta, the largest natural reserve in Emilia-Romagna and an UNESCO World Heritage site. Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio and its hinterland is characterised by the presence of wide lagoons, wetlands and canals. Most of the territory is extremely low-lying, with coastal elevations reaching a maximum of just 2m above MSL, and a large part of the hinterland being below sea level.

Two towns, Lido degli Estensi and Lido di Spina, with a total of 2,750 inhabitants, were built in this section in the 1970s and are divided by an artificial canal. The northern section also includes a short stretch of natural dunes. The southern section of the study area meanwhile is natural and characterised by the presence of the Bellocchio marsh that is divided into two parts by an artificially-created channel that connects the wetland systems with the sea. This connection is important in order to maintain water quality within the wetlands and to prevent adverse effects to aquaculture and fisheries as well as to birds and biodiversity. 

The coastal area is composed of low sandy beaches of widths ranging from 30 to 300m, south-to-north. Energetic storms come from the east-northeast (Bora wind) and southeast (Scirocco wind). Porto Garibaldi-Bellocchio is a low-lying area, highly exposed to extreme events, in which multiple human activities co-exist. Of high importance for the goal of the RISC-KIT project, is the co-existence of a complex and exposed ecosystem with high socioeconomic stakes.


Course Fees and Financial Support:

The course tuition will be provided free of charge. Lunch will also be provided each day during the course. The organisers will also cover the costs of accommodation for all course participants. Accomodation will be booked by the course organisers. Any student who does not wish to avail of the provided accommodation and/or meals will need to make alternative arrangements at their own expense and convenience.

Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for the costs involved in travelling to Ferrara. Any additional subsistence costs will also be borne by the students themselves.



Enrollment for the first summer school is now closed. Enrollment for the Second Summer School is now open. Please click here for more information about the course.

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