11 / DEBRIS FLOW AND FLOOD RECOVERY

28 May – 1 June 2012        Send to printer


Conference organizers

Carlos Brebbia, Wessex Institute of Technology, United Kingdom
Daniele De Wrachien, University of Milan, Italy
David Proverbs, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Stefano Mambretti, University of Milan, Italy


Conference description:

Debris Flow 2012 is the fourth conference in this successful series which started in Rhodes, Greece (2006); followed by the New Forest, UK in (2008) and Milano, Italy (2010).

Debris and hyper-concentrated flows are among the most frequent and destructive of all water related processes. They mainly affect mountain areas in a wide range of morpho-climatic environments and in recent years have attracted more and more attention from the scientific and professional communities, as well as concern from the public, due to the increasing frequency with which they occur and the death toll they claim.

Higher population pressure on natural resources in hazard-prone areas and the development of activities have the potential to increase the magnitude of this hazard. This calls for improvements in the criteria used to identify debris flow risk areas and to design suitable prevention and mitigation measures.

The conference will provide a forum for engineers, scientists and managers from laboratories, industries, governments and academia to interchange knowledge and expertise in fields such as erosion and slope instability, sediment transport, debris flow and debris flood data acquisition, debris flow phenomenology and laboratory tests, using the most advanced, state-of-the-art methodologies in monitoring, modelling, mechanics, hazard prediction and risk assessment of debris flow phenomena.

For more information and formal link for registration please go here.

FRIAR 2012 is the third conference in this successful series. The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London in 2008 and was reconvened at the Lombardy Region in Milano in 2010. Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, disease and crop failures that are left in the wake of floods.

The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggests that these statistics are set to worsen in the future. When flooding occurs in populated areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threatening human life.

Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious impacts of floods upon households, other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life as well as longer term health issues including stress related illness.

Delegates attending FRIAR 2012 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in the International Journal of Safety and Security, one of the six edited by the Wessex Institute.

The conference provides a forum for researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of flood events including risk management and mitigation, as well as emergency response and many other related issues. The meeting will bring together engineers, scientists and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to flooding and its devastating effects.

For more information and a formal link for registration please go here.


Conference lecturers

Francesco Gentile, University of Bari, Italy
Chiara Calligaris, University of Trieste, Italy
Johannes Hubl, University of Vienna, Austria
Julien Anese, France
Nick Bartzis, Insurance Australia Group Limited, Australia
Francesco Bettela, University of Padua, Italy
Colin Booth, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Changwon Choi, Ajou Unversity, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Daniele De Wrachien, University of Milan, Italy
Jakub Dostal, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Milos Drdacky, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Tanehiro Futagami, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan
Haruyuki Hashimoto, Kyushu University, Japan
Phoosak Hirunyatrakul, Bara Scientific Co. Ltd., THAILAND, Thailand
Joungvwon Ji, Ajou Unversity, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Rotimi Joseph, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Mark Jourdan, Engineer Research and Development Centre, United States
Koji Kakugawa, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan
Debi Prasanna Kakugawa, Central Building Research Institute, INDIA, India
Kim Kyongha, Korea Forest Research Institute, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Itthipon Kittikoon, Bara Scientific Co. Ltd., THAILAND, Thailand
Waldemar Kociuba, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland
Gleide Lacerada, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jessica Lamond, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Mario Lenzi, University of Padua, Italy
Holger Maiwald, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Stefano Mambretti, University of Milan, Italy
Lindasey McEwen, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Darka Mioc, DTU Space, Denmark
Magday Mohssen, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Daniela Molinari, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Naoyuki Ota, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
Lorenzo Picco, University of Padua, Italy
Siwat Pongpiachan, Bara Scientific Co. Ltd., THAILAND, Thailand
David Proverbs, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Emaunel Rigon, University of Padua, Italy
Gheorghe Romanescu, Alexandru loan Cuza University of lasi, Romania
Rzo Sawada, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
Marcellus Schreilechner, Joanneum Research, Austria
Vjekosav Budimir, Geobrugg AG, Switzerland
Fangqiang Wei, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Jaeeung Yi, Ajou Unversity, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Mzungsu Yi, Ajou Unversity, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)


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