Autore: Maria Francesca Ferrario

Two upcoming projects

Good news from our research group! We are pleased to announce that Elisa Martinelli and Magda Velazquez have been appointed a 1-year post-doc position! Elisa will lead a project on “Palaeobotanical methods to investigate human impact and “catastrophic” environmental events in the Como basin (N-Italy) since the Roman Period”, while Magda will focus on “Environmental…
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08/05/2020 0

Contagi, epicentri e zone rosse: quando terremoti e epidemie parlano la stessa lingua

In questi giorni di emergenza legata alla diffusione del COVID-19, ci sono alcune parole ricorrenti che mi hanno fatto riflettere. “L’epicentro del contagio è nella zona di Wuhan”, “si pensa ad un allargamento della zona rossa”, “durante il picco dell’epidemia, ci si aspetta uno tsunami di pazienti nei reparti di rianimazione”. “Parole, son parole, e…
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10/03/2020 0

Progetto “Citizen Geology”: la parola ai ragazzi!

Dal 20 al 24 gennaio 2020, abbiamo ospitato 6 ragazzi delle scuole superiori nell’ambito di un Percorso per le Competenze Trasversali e per l’Orientamento (PCTO). Ecco il loro resoconto! SCOPO: Lo scopo di questa esperienza era di individuare e analizzare le frane provocate dal terremoto avvenuto sull’isola di Davao nelle Filippine nell’ottobre 2019. Inoltre, il…
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24/01/2020 0

Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l’Orientamento: progetto “Citizen Geology”

Dal 20 al 24 gennaio 2020, ospiteremo presso il Laboratorio di Cartografia 6 ragazzi del liceo Marie Curie di Meda nell’ambito di un Percorso per le Competenze Trasversali e per l’Orientamento (PCTO). I ragazzi, sotto la supervisione del Prof. Franz Livio, realizzeranno un database delle frane indotte da una serie di forti terremoti avvenuti nell’isola…
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16/01/2020 0

My AGU (American Geophysical Union) congress

This story begins few months ago, when I’ve been awarded the 1st CRUST workshop best poster prize. So, CRUST (Centro Interuniversitario per l’analisi sismotettonica) supported my expenses to go to a congress (thanks!), and I chose the biggest one, the AGU, which was held in San Francisco on 9-13 December. I’m quite scared by big,…
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19/12/2019 0

Geolympics 8: brackets, logic trees and the earthquake cycle

Every sport-addicted is familiar with group stage, round robins and knockout stages. And each of us likes to forecast the result of a competition. That mean that we are all applying our knowledge (real or presumed), to guess how things will go. Forecasting is the holy grail for hazard management: if we know where and…
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18/12/2019 0

Geolympics 7: Shortened races and building codes

Sometimes races are shortened, delayed, or even deleted due to bad weather or other reasons. It’s happening at the cycling UCI World Championships, where Under-23 road race will be shortened (see here and here). Just few months ago, a stage of the Giro d’Italia and another of the Tour de France had to be neutralized…
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18/12/2019 0

Geolympics 6: Volcanoes and volcanic products

Volcanoes are one of the most spectacular landforms and eruptions one of the most powerful natural events. Volcanologists recognize two different types of eruptions: effusive, in which lava steadily flows out of a volcano; and explosive, much more violent and rapid. Explosive eruptions are measured through the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), which is based on…
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03/09/2019 1

Geolympics 5: golf course or playground for geomorphologists?

This time I’m gonna speak about… golf! I’m not an expert or fan of this sport, but I do love landscapes and how they form. I must admit I enjoy more the scenery rather than swings or golfer’s technical gestures! Since I’m not an English native speaker, I always double-check for slang. So, I just…
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20/08/2019 0

Inqua Congress: see you in Rome 2023!

It has been a busy end of July here at the Insubria Environmental Geology research group! The 20th Inqua congress has just been held in Dublin, with over 2500 delegates from 75 countries. This congress takes place every 4 years and is home of the Inqua (International Union for Quaternary Research). We presented a talk…
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05/08/2019 0