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Research stay of Laura Piedelobo at the University of Pavia and the center EUCENTRE


The PhD student Laura Piedelobo ends her stay in Italy.

PhD student, Laura Piedelobo, has collaborated with the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia and the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering EUCENTRE in the DG-ECHO European Project GREEN – Green infrastructures (GI) for disaster risk reduction protection:: evidence, policy instruments and marketability, headed by Dr. Andrea Taramelli.

A greater deployment of nature-based solutions is being increasingly advocated by European institutions, governments and financing bodies as flexible, effective and efficient measures for both disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). lthough there is plenty of research indicating GI’s potential benefits, there is still a lack of actual applications, experiences, tools and methods that demonstrate its practical value, direct and indirect environmental, social and economic benefits for DRR and CCA compared to the implementation of grey measures. Thus, GREEN project addressed these shortcomings and provided the necessary innovation in methods, tools and solutions to appropriately promote the role of GI for DRR and CCA.

Specifically, the PhD student collaborated with the research group: (i) reviewing the current available products in the market, as Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, as to estimate the most recommended remote sensing indices for monitoring GI, focused on their biophysical impacts for water retention and (ii) developing a downstream service as a pre-operational pixel-based spatial model for identifying green infrastructures in Po river basin and up-to-date status.