Italian Journal of Geosciences - Vol. 132 (2013) f.3

Further hydrological analyses on landslide initiation in the Sarno area (Italy)

Francesco Fiorillo(*), Libera Esposito(*), Gerardo Grelle(*), Paola Revellino(*) & Francesco M. Guadagno(*)
(*) Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie, Università degli Studi del Sannio, via dei Mulini, 59/9 - 82100 Benevento, Italy. Tel. +39 0824 323619; Fax: +39 0824 323623; e-mail:

Volume: 132 (2013) f.3
Pages: 341-349


In a wide area of Campania, characterised by mountain ridges covered by pyroclastic deposits, landslides occur after intense rainstorms that follow an accumulation of a certain amount of prestorm seasonal rainfall. Instabilities begin as soil slides, and evolve to debris avalanche-flow along steep slopes. This study extends the hydrological analyses carried out by FIORILLO & WILSON (2004) on these landslides. Further 10-years of rainfall records allow to verify a previous hypothesis on the soil moisture accumulation into the soil. Analyses have been focused in the Sarno area (P.zzo d'Alvano), where a high-elevation rain-gauge is available since 1998, which allows also to compare data with lowelevation rain gauges. Analyses show that numerous large-scale debris flows induced by the May 1998 storm depend heavily on the antecedent rainfall distribution and on the soil moisture storage characteristics.


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