Southern Wipptal - Sterzing/Brenner/Pfitsch/Ratschings

General geographic description of the PAR

Southern Wipptal is located in the northeast of Italy, in the autonomous province of South Tyrol. To the north, it borders with Austria. It consists of the city of Sterzing/Vipiteno and the mountainous rural municipalities Brenner/Brennero, Pfitsch/Val di Vizze and Ratschings/Racines (see Figure below).Forests are known to influence several types of gravity-driven natural hazards in the Southern Wipptal, such as landslides, snow avalanches, debris flows and rock falls. At the level of the municipality there is a good understanding of the overall hazard situation, however comparably little is known about the factors that contribute to the associated risks.

What natural hazards occur in the municipality?

In the city of Sterzing/Vipiteno the main hazard is flooding. The mountainous municipalities surrounding the city experience gravitational mass movements, such as landslides, rock falls, debris flows and snow avalanches.

What is the role of forests - especially protection forests?

Available data on forest types (Figure in Header) indicate that forests play a significant role in protecting people and assets (e.g. settlements, infrastructure) against natural hazards, but also provide protection to nature and different ecosystems (e.g. soils, plants).

Why is the PAR part of GreenRisk4Alps?

The project will focus at a cross-municipality scale and provide the PAR with (i) a better understanding of present and future risks due to gravitational mass movements (ii) an in-depth analysis of specific factors that contribute to those risks and (iii) climate change scenarios and derived forest changes.

Image: Autonome Provinz Bozen - Agentur für Bevölkerungsschutz