The Italian I.P.A. Adhering Body has begun a systematic research on rock glaciers in the Italian Alps. This project, in which more than 20 researchers from different Universities are involved, is financially supported by the National Research Council of Italy. It has the aim of producing in some years a medium-scale map of the alpine rock glaciers which will be distinguished according to their typology and state of activity.
More detailed studies, such as large scale geomorphological mapping, sedimentological analyses, geophysical soundings, lichenometry and so on, will be carried out on well developed and particularly representative forms. Other researches were also started to analyse different high mountain cryogenic forms and deposits, both in the Alps and in the Apennine.
Report by F. Dramis.