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Binda, G., Frascoli, F., Spanu, D., Ferrario, M. F., Terrana, S., Gambillara, R., Trotta S., Noble P., Livio F. & Michetti, A. M. (2022). Geochemical Markers as a Tool for the Characterization of a Multi-Layer Urban Aquifer: The Case Study of Como (Northern Italy). Water, 14(1), 124.

Scaramuzzo, E., Livio, F. A., Granado, P., Di Capua, A., & Bitonte, R. (2022). Anatomy and kinematic evolution of an ancient passive margin involved into an orogenic wedge (Western Southern Alps, Varese area, Italy and Switzerland). Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 115(1), 1-21.

Tringali, G., Bella, D., Livio, F., Ferrario, M. F., Groppelli, G., Blumetti, A. M., Di Manna P., Vittori E., Guerrieri L., Porfido S., Boso D., Pettinato R., Paradiso G. & Michetti, A. M. (2022). Fault rupture and aseismic creep accompanying the December 26, 2018, Mw 4.9 Fleri earthquake (Mt. Etna, Italy): Factors affecting the surface faulting in a volcano-tectonic environment. Quaternary International.



Binda, G., Pozzi, A., Spanu, D., Livio, F., Trotta, S., & Bitonte, R. (2021). Integration of photogrammetry from unmanned aerial vehicles, field measurements and discrete fracture network modeling to understand groundwater flow in remote settings: test and comparison with geochemical markers in an Alpine catchment. Hydrogeology Journal, 29(3), 1203-1218.

Bitonte, R., Livio, F. A., Mazzoli, S., Bellentani, G., Di Cesare, L., Dall’Igna, M., … & Scaramuzzo, E. (2021). Frontal accretion vs. foreland plate deformation: Discriminating the style of post-collisional shortening in the Apennines. Journal of Structural Geology, 145, 104290.

Ferrario, M. F. and Livio, F. (2021). Distributed faulting following normal earthquakes: reassessment and updating of scaling relations, Solid Earth, 12, 1197–1209, 2021.

Nappi R., Porfido S., Paganini E., Vezzoli L., Ferrario M.F., Gaudiosi G., Alessio G., Michetti A.M. (2021). The 2017, MD = 4.0, Casamicciola Earthquake: ESI-07 scale evaluation and implications for the source model. Geosciences 2021, 11, 44.

Nappo N., Peduto D., Polcari M., Livio F., Ferrario M.F., Comerci V., Stramondo S., Michetti A.M. (2021). Subsidence in Como historic centre (northern Italy): Assessment of building vulnerability combining hydrogeological and stratigraphic features, Cosmo-SkyMed InSAR and damage data. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2021, 56, 102115.

Nappo, N., Mavrouli, O., Nex, F., van Westen, C., Gambillara, R., & Michetti, A. M. (2021). Use of UAV-based photogrammetry products for semi-automatic detection and classification of asphalt road damage in landslide-affected areas. Engineering Geology, 294, 106363.

Porfido S., Alessio G., Gaudiosi G., Nappi R., Michetti A.M., and Spiga E. (2021). Photographic reportage on the rebuilding after the Irpinia-Basilicata 1980 earthquake (Southern Italy), Geosciences, 2021, 11, 6, 73p.

Silva-Fragoso A., Ferrari L., Norini G., Orozco-Esquivel T., Corbo-Camargo F., Bernal J. P., Castro C., Arrubarrena-Moreno M. Geology and Conceptual Model of the Domuyo Geothermal Area, Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 107396. ISSN: 03770273

Velázquez-Bucio, M. M., Ferrario, M. F., Muccignato, E., Porfido, S., Sridharan, A., Chunga, K., Livio F., Gopalan S. & Michetti, A. M. (2021). Environmental effects caused by the Mw 8.2, September 8, 2017, and Mw 7.4, June 23, 2020, Chiapas-Oaxaca (Mexico) subduction events: Comparison of large intraslab and interface earthquakes. Quaternary International.

Velázquez Bucio M.M., Garduño Monroy V.H., Benente L., Norini, G., Michetti A.M., and Groppelli G., 2021, Effects of Pleistocene to Holocene seismicity on the landforms and fluvial-lacustrine sequences of the Ixtlahuaca basin, and their possible relation with the Acambay graben: implications for the seismic hazard assessment of Central Mexico, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 110 (2021) 103336, 19p.



Binda G., A. Pozzi, A.M. Michetti, P.J. Noble, and M.R. Rosen (2020). Towards the understanding of hydrogeochemical seismic responses in karst aquifers: a retrospective meta-analysis focused on the Apennines (Italy), Minerals 2020, 10, 1058; doi:10.3390/min10121058

Ferrario, M. F., Katz, O., Hillman, A., Livio, F., Amit, R., & Michetti, A. M. (2020). The mid‐eighth century CE surface faulting along the Dead Sea Fault at Tiberias (Sea of Galilee, Israel). Tectonics, 39, e2020TC006186.

Ferrario M.F., Serva L., Bonadeo L. (2020). Assessing the reliability of earthquake environmental effects in historical events: insights from the Southern Apennines, Italy. Geosciences 2020, 10, 332; doi:10.3390/geosciences10090332

Gasperini L., Marzocchi A., Miele R., Meli M., Hassan Najjar, Michetti A.M., and Polonia A., 2020, Morphotectonics and late Quaternary seismic stratigraphy of Lake Garda (Northern Italy), Geomorphology 371 (2020),

Ferrario, M. F., F. Livio, S. S. Capizzano, and A. M. Michetti (2020). Developing the First Intensity Prediction Equation Based on the Environmental Scale Intensity: A Case Study from Strong Normal-Faulting Earthquakes in the Italian Apennines, Seismol. Res. Lett. XX, 1–13, doi: 10.1785/0220200044.

Livio F., Ferrario M. F. (2020). Assessment of attenuation regressions for earthquake-triggered landslides in the Italian Apennines: insights from recent and historical events. Landslides DOI 10.1007/s10346-020-01464-w

Livio, F.A., Ferrario, M.F., Frigerio, C., Zerboni, A., Michetti, A.M. (2020). Variable fault tip propagation rates affected by near-surface lithology and implications for fault displacement hazard assessment. Journal of Structural Geology, doi:

Nappo N., Ferrario M.F., Livio F., Michetti A.M. (2020). Regression analysis of subsidence in the Como Basin (Northern Italy): new insights on natural and anthropic drivers from InSAR data. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2931; doi:10.3390/rs12182931



Archer C., Noble P., Rosen M., Sagnotti L., Florindo F., Mensing S., Piovesan G., and Michetti A.M. (2019). Lakes as paleoseismic records in a seismically-active, low-relief area (Rieti Basin, central Italy), Quaternary Science Reviews, 211, 186-207,

Chunga K., Livio F., Martillo C., Lara-Saavedra H., Ferrario M.F., Zevallos I., Michetti A.M. (2019). Landslides Triggered by the 2016 Mw 7.8 Pedernales, Ecuador Earthquake: Correlations with ESI-07 Intensity, Lithology, Slope and PGA-h. Geosciences 2019, 9(9), 371;

Ferrario M. F. (2019). Landslides triggered by multiple earthquakes: insights from the 2018 Lombok (Indonesia) events. Natural Hazards 98(2), 575-592,

Meschis, M., Roberts, G. P., Mildon, Z. K., Robertson, J., Michetti, A. M., Faure Walker, J. P. (2019). Slip on a mapped normal fault for the 28th December 1908 Messina earthquake (Mw 7.1) in Italy. Sci. Rep, 9, 6481 (2019),

Robustelli Test,.C; Festa, A.; Zanella, E.; Codegone & Scaramuzzo, E (2019). Distinguishing the Mélange-Forming Processes in Subduction-Accretion Complexes: Constraints from the Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS). Geosciences, 9(9), 381. https://doi:10.3390/geosciences9090381



Chunga K., Livio F., Mulas M., Ochoa‐Cornejo F., Besenzon D., Ferrario M.F.and Michetti A. M. (2018). Earthquake Ground Effects and Intensity of the 16 April 2016 Mw 7.8 Pedernales, Ecuador, Earthquake: Implications for the Source Characterization of Large Subduction Earthquakes. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(6), 3384-3397.

Ferrario M. F.& Livio F.(2018) Characterizing the distributed faulting during the 30 October 2016, Central Italy earthquake: A reference for fault displacement hazard assessment. Tectonics, 37.

Livio F., Kettermann M., Reicherter K., & Urai J. L. (2018) Growth of bending-moment faults due to progressive folding: Insights from sandbox models and paleoseismological implications. Geomorphology.

Ferrari L., Castillo-Reynoso J. C., Orozco-Esquivel T., Silva-Fragoso A. (2018). Digital geologic map and geochronologic, geochemical and geothermal database of the south-eastern part of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Terra digitalis, 2 (2). ISSN: 2594-069

Ferrari L., Orozco-Esquivel T., Bryan S.E., López­Martínez M., Silva-Fragoso A. (2018). Cenozoic magmatism and extension in western Mexico: Cenozoic magmatism and extension in western Mexico: linking the Sierra Madre Occidental Silicic Large Igneous Province and the Comondú Group with the Gulf of California. Earth Science Reviews, 183, 115-152.     ISSN 00128252



Blumetti AM, Grützner C.; Guerrieri L.; Livio F., (2017) Quaternary earthquakes: Geology and palaeoseismology for seismic hazard assessment.  Pergamon.

Cowie P.A., Phillips R.J., Roberts G.P., McCaffrey K., Zijerveld L.J.J., Gregory L.C., Faure Walker J., Wedmore L., Dunai T.J., Binnie S.A., Freeman S.P.H.T., Wilcken K., Shanks RP., Huismans R.S., Papanikolaou I., Michetti A.M. & Wilkinson M. (2017) Orogen-scale uplift in the central Italian Apennines drives episodic behaviour of earthquake faults, Sci. Rep. 7., 44858; doi:10.1038/srep44858

Frigerio C., Bonadeo L., Zerboni A., Livio F., Ferrario M.F., Fioraso G.; Irace A., Brunamonte F., Michetti A.M., (2017) First evidence for Late Pleistocene to Holocene earthquake surface faulting in the Eastern Monferrato Arc (Northern Italy): Geology, pedostratigraphy and structural study of the Pecetto di Valenza site, Quaternary International.  Pergamon.

Gürpinar A., Serva L., Livio F., Rizzo P. C., (2017) Earthquake-induced crustal deformation and consequences for fault displacement hazard analysis of nuclear power plants. Nuclear Engineering and Design, 311, 69-85.

Livio F., Serva L., Gürpinar A., (2017) Locating distributed faulting: Contributions from InSAR imaging to probabilistic fault displacement hazard analysis. PFDHA, Quaternary International, 451, 223-233, Pergamon.



Livio F.A., Michetti A. M.,Vittori E., Gregory L., Wedmore L., Piccardi L., Tondi E., Roberts G., CENTRAL ITALY EARTHQUAKE W.G., (Blumetti A. M., Bonadeo L., Brunamonte F., Comerci V., Dimanna P., Ferrario M. F., Faure Walker J., Frigerio C., Fumanti F., Guerrieri L., Iezzi F., Leoni G., McCaffrey K., Mildon Z., Phillips R., Rhodes E., Walters R. J., Wilkinson M.) (2016) Surface faulting during the August 24, 2016, Central Italy earthquake (Mw 6.0): preliminary results. Annals of Geophysics, [S.l.], nov. 2016. ISSN 2037-416X.>. doi:10.4401/ag-7197.

Livio F.,Serva L., Gürpinar A. (2016) Locating distributed faulting: Contributions from InSAR imaging to Probabilistic Fault Displacement Hazard Analysis (PFDHA), Quaternary International,



F.R. Cinti, C. Pauselli, F. Livio, M. Ercoli, C.A. Brunori, M.F. Ferrario, R. Volpe, R. Civico, D. Pantosti, S. Pinzi, P.M. De Martini, G. Ventura, L. Alfonsi, R. Gambillara, and A.M. Michetti (2015) Integrating multidisciplinary, multiscale geological and geophysical data to image the Castrovillari fault (Northern Calabria, Italy). Geophys. J. Int. 2015 203: 1847-1863.

Ferrario M.F., Bonadeo L., Brunamonte F., Livio F., Martinelli E., Michetti A.M., Censi Neri P., Chiessi V., Comerci V. & Höbig N. (2015) Late Quaternary environmental evolution of the Como urban area (Northern Italy): a multidisciplinary tool for risk management and urban planning. Engineering Geology 193 (2015) 384-401.

Ferrario M.F., Brunamonte F., Caccia A., Livio F., Martinelli E., Mazzola E., Michetti A.M., & Terrana S. (2015) Buried landscapes: geoarchaeology of the Roman harbor of Como (N Italy). Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary, 28(2), 111-120.

Wilkinson, M., G.P. Roberts, K. McCaffrey, P.A. Cowie, J.P. Faure Walker, I. Papanikolaou, R.J. Phillips, Michetti A.M., Vittori, L. Gregory, L. Wedmore, Z. Watson (2015) Slip distributions on active normal faults measured from LiDAR and field mapping of geomorphic offsets: an example from L’Aquila, Italy, and implications for modelling seismic moment release. Geomorphology,  doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.04.026

Zerboni A., Trombino L., Frigerio C., Livio F., Berlusconi A., Michetti A. M., Rodnight H., Spötl C. (2015)  The loess-paleosol sequence at Monte Netto: a record of climate change in the Upper Pleistocene of the central Po Plain, northern Italy. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 15, 6, 1329-1350.



Korneva I., Tondi E., Agosta F., Rustichelli A., Spina V., Bitonte R., Di Cuia R., (2014) Structural properties of fractured and faulted Cretaceous platform carbonates, Murge Plateau (southern Italy), Marine and Petroleum Geology 57:312–326. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.05.004

Livio F. A., Berlusconi A., Zerboni A., Trombino L., Sileo G., Michetti A. M., H. Rodnight, & Spötl C. (2014) Progressive offset and surface deformation along a seismogenic blind thrust in the Po Plain foredeep (Southern Alps, Northern Italy). Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119(10), 7701-7721. DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011112.



Michetti A. M., Giardina F., Livio F., Mueller K., Serva L., Sileo G., Vittori E., Devoti R., Riguzzi F., Carcano C. (2013) Active compressional tectonics, Quaternary capable faults, and the seismic landscape of the Po Plain (N Italy). Annals of Geophysics, 55, 5, 969-1001 

Berlusconi A., Ferrario M.F., Livio F., Michetti A. M., Violante C., Esposito E., Porfido S., Fiaccavento P., Ripamonti L., Roncoroni M., (2013) Quaternary Faults and Seismic Hazard in the Lake Garda Area. Ingegneria Sismica,30,1-2,10-35.



Wilkinson, M., K.J.W. McCaffrey, G.P. Roberts, P. A. Cowie, R.J. Phillips, M. Degasperi, E. Vittori, and Michetti A.M. (2012) Distribution and Magnitude of Postseismic Deformation of the 2009 L’Aquila Earthquake (M6.3) Surface Rupture Measured Using Repeat Terrestrial Laser ScanningGeophyiscal Journal International, 189, 911 – 922, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05418.x



Vittori E., Di Manna P., Blumetti A. M., Comerci V., Guerrieri L., Esposito E., Michetti A. M., Porfido S., Piccardi L., Roberts G. P. (2011) Surface faulting of the 6 April 2009 Mw 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake in central Italy. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101, 4, 1507-1530.



Guerrieri L., Baer G., Hamiel Y., Amit R., Blumetti A.M., Comerci V., Di Manna P., Michetti A.M.,Salamon A., Mushkin A., Sileo G. and Vittori E. (2010) InSAR data as a field guide for mapping minor earthquake surface ruptures: ground displacements along the Paganica Fault during the 6 April 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 115, B12331, doi:10.1029/2010JB007579, 2010.


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