Shallow landslide susceptibility, Rupinaro catchment, Liguria (northwestern Italy)

The shallow landslides assessment is a hard task in territories featuring composite influence of natural and anthropic factors. In Liguria region (northwestern Italy), the landscape presents widespread human intervention prevalently represented by terraces. The assessment of predisposing factors in such landscape deserve a multidisciplinary approach. We implemented a classification methodology based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process. In GIS environment we overlaid several layers: (i) slope, (ii) land use, (iii) lithology, and (iv) aspect. Slope and aspect have been computed on a filtered (based on TPI) high-resolution DTM with the removal of terraces, in order to obtain the pristine slope pattern. Each spatial data was then reclassified according to the weighting procedures thus producing a landslide susceptibility map. This methodology represents a starting point for the correct assessment of shallow landslides occurrence, capable to generate a map, taking in account of the peculiar features of this extremely man-made territory.