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XII International Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)

The IAEG XII Congress aims to analyse the dynamic role of Engineering Geology in our changing world: by means of a series of topics and sessions offered to the participants' choice through the interpretative key of four main themes: ENVIRONMENT, PROCESSES, ISSUES and APPROACHES

In the next few years, major effects over territorial planning and infrastructures will be due to the global change particularly evident in extreme climate regions. Climate changes also affects natural processes related to slope dynamics, water courses, coastal and marine environments: all these phenomena are case studies for Engineering Geology.

Engineering Geology plays a major role in the definition of human responses to the changes of a dynamic environment. More and more obvious is the role of territorial planning for a sustainable use of available geo and water resources and a proper management of natural hazards (as landslides, floods, marine processes and earthquakes). Urban Geology and Applied Geology for Major Engineering Projects are reaching far beyond technological applications, because they analyse the evolution over time of the Society and infrastructures, including also the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

Indeed, human activities have to be developed on a ethical base: Engineering Geology respects this principle, where implications include sustainable future and environmental conservation.

Session 1.7-Downscaling climate information for impact studies
Convener: Dr Marco Turco; Co-Convener: Maria del Carmen LLasat Botija, Jost von Hardenberg
Developing regional climate scenarios is a key problem for climate change impact/adaptation studies, especially for geographically complex and heterogeneous regions that are sensible to climate change. Despite the considerable effort to bridge the gap between dynamical models and the end user, this task is still representing a research challenge. This session aims at bringing together researchers working on downscaling climate change scenarios. The session will focus on new methodologies of dynamical and/or statistical downscaling, but also state-of-the-art applications of downscaling methods, including bias correction methods, are welcome.