New strategies for preservation of geodiversity and geosystem services need to be developed for mountain areas that are vulnerable to climate change and human activities. Detailed geomorphological surveys and geosystem services analyses have been carried out in the Indren-Cimalegna area, southern slope of Monte Rosa (Western Italian Alps). From remote sensing analysis and field inventories, a geomorphological map (1:5000) was created, with a new GIS-compliant legend, targeted to the studies of glacial and periglacial environments. A geosystem services map (1:15,000) was also produced, presenting a two-fold analysis of interactions between geomorphology and human activity, showing (1) the role of distinct landforms as specific services offered to society and (2) the threats posed by morphodynamic processes to human activities. These maps are presented as tools for enhancing proper planning and management of high mountains modified by climate change and human activities within a sustainable development perspective.

Geomorphology and geosystem services of the Indren-Cimalegna area (Monte Rosa massif–Western Italian Alps)

Tognetto F.
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Perotti L.;Viani C.;Colombo N.;Giardino M.
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2021-01-01

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New strategies for preservation of geodiversity and geosystem services need to be developed for mountain areas that are vulnerable to climate change and human activities. Detailed geomorphological surveys and geosystem services analyses have been carried out in the Indren-Cimalegna area, southern slope of Monte Rosa (Western Italian Alps). From remote sensing analysis and field inventories, a geomorphological map (1:5000) was created, with a new GIS-compliant legend, targeted to the studies of glacial and periglacial environments. A geosystem services map (1:15,000) was also produced, presenting a two-fold analysis of interactions between geomorphology and human activity, showing (1) the role of distinct landforms as specific services offered to society and (2) the threats posed by morphodynamic processes to human activities. These maps are presented as tools for enhancing proper planning and management of high mountains modified by climate change and human activities within a sustainable development perspective.
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Geomorphological mapping; geosystem services; glacial environment; Long-Term Ecological Research; periglacial environment; Western Italian Alps
Tognetto F.; Perotti L.; Viani C.; Colombo N.; Giardino M.
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