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Resilience of alpine environment from the perspective of natural hazards

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.00  Humanities  Geography   

Code Science Field
P510  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physical geography, geomorphology, pedology, cartography, climatology 

Code Science Field
5.07  Social Sciences  Social and economic geography 
Natural hazards, resilience, risk management, damage, risk communication, governance, Slovenia, Alps
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  27510  PhD Mateja Breg Valjavec  Geography  Researcher  2016 - 2017  191 
2.  30791  PhD Rok Ciglič  Geography  Researcher  2016 - 2017  411 
3.  33273  PhD Mateja Ferk  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  179 
4.  08467  PhD Matej Gabrovec  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  607 
5.  35035  PhD Matjaž Geršič  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  234 
6.  13179  PhD Mauro Hrvatin  Humanities  Researcher  2014 - 2017  363 
7.  07553  PhD Drago Kladnik  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,160 
8.  21464  PhD Blaž Komac  Geography  Head  2014 - 2017  627 
9.  35034  PhD Lucija Lapuh  Geography  Junior researcher  2014 - 2015  96 
10.  08245  PhD Matjaž Mikoš  Hydrology  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,535 
11.  23513  PhD Janez Nared  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  334 
12.  09430  PhD Karel Natek  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  594 
13.  23447  PhD Matej Ogrin  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  476 
14.  35070  Jaka Ortar  Geography  Junior researcher  2014 - 2016  102 
15.  14000  MSc Miha Pavšek  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,394 
16.  08294  PhD Drago Perko  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,034 
17.  25646  PhD Primož Pipan  Humanities  Researcher  2014 - 2017  323 
18.  20793  PhD Blaž Repe  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  502 
19.  16050  PhD Aleš Smrekar  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  397 
20.  32689  PhD Jošt Sodnik  Hydrology  Researcher  2014 - 2017  122 
21.  27941  PhD Uroš Stepišnik  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  294 
22.  08101  PhD Maja Topole  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  512 
23.  33837  Manca Volk Bahun  Humanities  Researcher  2014 - 2017  316 
24.  22245  PhD Matija Zorn  Geography  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,220 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  95,394 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,892 
3.  0792  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering  Ljubljana  1626981  26,290 
Natural hazards endanger Alpine regions. In the context of Europe the Alpine regions are extremely important from the perspective of tourism, traffic connections and other activities. The activities of the modern society should be consistent with the magnitude, frequency and spatial characteristics of natural processes. One of the main challenges of Slovenian society is how to reduce the financial consequences of natural hazards in the long term. In order to achieve that, our proposal is to apply the concept of resilience thinking based on the complexity of landscape as a social and natural system, taking into account the perspective of both space and time. Due to the fact that several other approaches were proven inefficient, the only possibility for long-term effective changes is the adaptation of a landscape system's social elements or strengthened resilience of society to the irregular functioning of natural processes.  The goal of the project is to analyse landscape resilience in the case of natural hazards in Alpine environment. The main project goal is to determine the effect of selected natural and socio-geographical landscape elements on the responsiveness of a landscape to crises and to establish the relationships between the crisis and the landscape recovery.  The plan is to reach this goal by means of a quantitative definition of past events and related geographic elements and processes. Our research will be supported by historical sources, interviews and geographic information systems.  Our analysis will be focused on a region in the Julian Alps, western Slovenia, where a number of different natural hazards occur. The following events will be considered:  1) the processes of mass movements in the valley of River Koritnica in Upper Soča Region,  2) 1976, 1998 and 2004 earthquakes in Soča Region and  3) the processes of mass movements in the neighbouring valleys of Upper Soča and Sava, including avalanches endangering the Predel and Vršič mountain pass.  The first phase will include a spatial and temporal comparison of selected landscapes based on indicators. The second phase will be focused on establishing a place-resilience model by means of selected indicators and calculating the resilience factor or index as well as assessing the duration of landscape recovery after a crisis. The aim of this project is to improve some of the weaknesses of modern society, i.e. insufficient understanding of natural hazards, of the potential impact of natural hazards on key infrastructure, and insufficient understanding of resilience as the key approach to an integrated management of natural hazards.
Significance for science
This project is important for scientific development for the following reasons: - It dealt with a current issue in geography of natural hazards, - The project contributed to a better understanding of landscape processes, - It contributed to the development of new methods and models by applying them to Slovenian environment, - the project contributed to succesful implementation of field methods and theoretical application in the university curricula, - The project was focused on scientific debate about frequently neglected socialgeographical aspects of natural hazards, especially economic, damage and human aspects, - The project contributed to the promotion of geography as the key science for the comprehensive understanding of landscape, - Based on resilience and by implementing the perspective of natural hazards, it strengthens and promotes an interdisciplinary approach in geography and beyond in partnership.
Significance for the country
The results of this project will have a effect on reducing direct and indirect damage caused by natural disasters, The project positively contributes to sustainable economy because our model will promote population, infrastructure and social systems to protected areas and their safe integration into the landscape, within the project, the methodology for studying the relationship between natural disasters and population has been formulated and successfully applied, and can be successfully applied to other areas or used in related subjects, The project improves governance of natural hazards and facilitates decisions such as whether to invest in protective or risk prevention measures or instead just focus on disaster relief, With better knowledge on past events and modern resilience the project improved decisionmaking with regard to spatial planning and crises from both economic and socialgeographical perspectives. The project results will be available to insurance companies, infrastructure, ICT and other companies dealing with risk governance. The project increased the awareness of natural hazards, mainly due to the use of stateoftheart information technology (geographic information system) allowing for visual presentations of results in the broadest sense of the word. The concept of resilience from the perspective of natural hazards has an important value in education. The project raised awareness of population and change of the perception of natural hazards as an important component of the landscape. The project had a longterm effect on quality of life in Alpine landscapes.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2014, 2015, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, final report
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