Rock avalanches, debris flows, and snow avalanches are landslide- and
landslide-related processes, subsumed under the term extremely rapid
mass movements. These processes pose varying degrees of risk to land
use, infrastructure, and personal safety in many mountain regions.
Despite increasing efforts to quantify the risk in terms of potential damage
or loss of life, most previous studies have achieved partial rather than total
IRASMOS addresses these shortcomings by reviewing, evaluating, comparing
and augmenting methodological tools for the hazard and risk assessment
of extremely rapid mass movements. Risk considerations in dealing
with natural hazards have become more important during recent years
and a wide variety of methods and tools have been developed in many
||At the Lisbon summit in March 2000, EU governments called for a better
use of European research efforts through the creation of an internal
market for science and technology – a “European Research Area” (ERA).
Research Framework Programmes (FP) are the EU’s main instrument
for research funding in Europe. The FP 6 is the financial instrument
to help make ERA a reality.