06 Sep 2022
06 Sep 2022
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Geomorphological landslide inventory map of the Daunia Apennines, southern Italy

Francesca Ardizzone1, Francesco Bucci1, Mauro Cardinali1, Federica Fiorucci1, Luca Pisano2, Michele Santangelo1, and Veronica Zumpano2 Francesca Ardizzone et al.
  • 1CNR - IRPI, Via della Madonna Alta 126, 06128, Perugia, Italy
  • 2CNR - IRPI, Via Amendola 122, 70126, Bari, Italy

Abstract. Detailed and accurate geomorphological historical landslide inventory maps are an invaluable source of information for many research topics and applications. Their systematic preparation worldwide has been advised by many researchers as it may foster our knowledge on landslides, their spatial and temporal distribution, their potential interaction with the built environment, their contribution to landscape dynamics, their response to climate change in the past. Due to the extreme variability of the morphological and radiometric elements that can reveal historical landslides, geomorphological historical landslide inventory maps are produced by expert interpretation, which makes it a time consuming and expensive process, which often discourages wide area mapping activities. In this paper we present a new geomorphological historical landslide inventory map for a 1,460 km2 area in the Daunia Apennines, the northern-western sector of the Apulia (Puglia) region, in Southern Italy. The inventory contains 17,437 landslides classified according to relative age, type of movement and estimated depth. Landslides were mapped according to rigorous and reproducible criteria applied by two teams of expert photo-interpreters to two sets of stereoscopic aerial photographs taken in 1954/55 and 2003. The dataset consists of a digital archive publicly available at (Cardinali et al., 2022).

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This paper presents a landslide inventory prepared for the Daunia Apennines, Puglia Region, Italy. It was prepared in this area by photo-interpretation and field checks, and it contains information on 17,437 landslides classified according to relative age, type of movement and estimated depth. It represents the most complete inventory in the area, and is basic information for analyses including susceptibility and risk evaluation, land use planning and geological-geomorphological studies.