Dear Madam or Sir,
as forest covers 40% of the Alpine Space and that one of the major natural risks threatening Alpine Space viability and liveability is rockfall, thus Alpine forests are real Rock stars!

The Interreg Alpine Space Project ROCKtheALPS,

harmonized ROCKfall natural risk and protection forest mapping in the ALPine Space,

is specifically dedicated to the enhancement of rockfall protection forest ecosystems service in risk management and prevention policy.

The challenge is to provide for the first time an Alpine space harmonized rockfall risk and protection forest map including an evaluation of the efficacy of this ecosystem service.

Half way of the project is behind us and we want to present and discuss first results and approaches. Therefore the consortium of the project cordially invite you to the

ROCKtheALPS MID-TERM CONFERENCE[1] at the Congress Centre of Innsbruck, Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, www.cmi.atHaus
 the 10th of October 2018.

This mid-term conference is organized in cooperation with the ISSW2018 in Innsbruck (07-12 October 2018, Congress Centre, Rennweg 3,; ISSW- International Snow Science Workshop) the world’s largest conference on snow and avalanches.


  • Start 9h00
  • 9h00-9h10: The project ROCKtheALPS: Challenges and objectives (Fred Berger)
  • 9h10-9h30: The development of an European harmonized rockfall model: the improvement of the old concept of the energy line or Heim was right! (Milan Kobal)
  • 9h30-09h50: Added value of UAV for rockfall and protective forest (Marco Piras)
  • 9h50-10h10: How to quickly assess the protective role of forest stands: the TORRID Tool Box (Christian Scheidl)10h10-10h30: The relevance of tree species composition for the rock-fall protection functionality of forest ecosystems (Roland Köck)
  • Break 10h30 - 11h00 POSTERSESSION
  • 11h00-11h20: IMULA – Implementation of forest management strategies (Karl Kleemayr)
  • 11h20-11h40: The production of the first entire alpine space protective forest map and how to use it (Fred Berger)
  • 11h40-12h00: Protective forest management and the project WebGis (Emanuele Lingua)
  • 12h00-12h15: Discussion
  • 12h15: Project Lunch 12h15 
  • 12:45: ISSW Guided Tour 12h45 – optional (ISSW will organize for all interested MIDTERM participants a guided tour through the conference with information on the most interesting and actual development

[1] Language of the conference: English with simultaneous translation in German and Italian


 With kind regards,

the Leadpartner of the interreg Alpine space project ROCKtheALPS

Frédéric BERGER


[1] Language of the conference: English with simultaneous translation in German and Italian