Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 34/2015

IT applications for sharing geoheritage information: the example of the geological and geomorphological trail in the Monviso massif (NW Italy)

Gianni Balestro (a), Roberto Cassulo (b), Gianfranco Fioraso (c), Gabriele Nicolò (b) Franco Rolfo (a), Enrico Bonansea (b), Paola Cadoppi (a), Daniele Castelli (a), Simona Ferrando (a), Andrea Festa (a), Chiara Groppo (a), Michele Morelli (b), Giovanni Mortara (d) & Pietro Mosca (c)
(a) Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Vial Valperga Caluso, 35, 10125, Torino, Italy. Email: (b) Arpa Piemonte, Via Pio VII, 9, 10135, Torino, Italy. (c) CNR, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Vial Valperga Caluso, 35, 10125, Torino, Italy. (d) CNR, Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Strada delle Cacce, 73, 10135, Torino, Italy.

Volume: 34/2015
Pages: 85-88


Collection and sharing of geoheritage information are nowadays enhanced by using digital tools and IT (Information Technology) applications that allow homogeneous storing of data, building of sharable databases, and transfer of knowledge between experts and communities. In the frame of the PROGEO-Piemonte project (PROactive management of GEOlogical heritage in the PIEMONTE region), the geological and geomorphological trail in the Monviso Massif (Western Alps) is an example of how IT-applications may support management of geoheritage information. The trail particularly allows walking across the meta-ophiolite succession of an ancient ocean and on glacial landforms. Its realization was supported by different tools that allow (i) capturing of data via GPS handheld mobile device, (ii) managing of field data by means of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications, and (iii) virtual visualization of data by means of GIS-based 3D viewer. The different (virtual) views of the geology along the trail can be implemented by adding photos and bookmarks and easily shared through web mapping tools that ensure wide accessibility of geoheritage information.


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