The project “Multiscale Modelling of Landslides and Debris Flows“ (MUMOLADE) deals with the numerical and physical simulation of landslides and debris flow, funded under FP7.

New ITN put geo-risks in numbers Under the title “Multiscale Modelling of Landslides and Debris Flows“ the project MUMOLADE deals with the numerical and physical simulation of landslides and debris flow, funded under the European FP7 scheme. With a budget of 4.2 Mio. EUR, a network of 13 Full partners and a group of 14 PhD and 2 PostDocs students, MUMOLADE aims to have a sustainable impact on the geo-hazard research in Europe. Landslides and debris flows are serious geo-hazards common to countries with mountainous terrains. The high speed and the enormity of debris mass make debris flows one of the most dangerous natural hazards. Debris flows are often triggered by landslides partially or completely mobilizing into debris flows. Globally, landslides cause billions of dollars in damage and thousands of deaths and injuries each year. Obviously there is an urgent need for better understanding of the triggering mechanisms, for reliable prediction of runout dynamics, deposition pattern and impact forces and for rational design of stabilization and protection structures. Further, there is a need of young researchers and engineers in research and industry. The last decade saw rapid developments in simulation techniques, e.g. Discrete Element Method (DEM), advanced Finite Element Method (FEM) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). By integrating these advances into a coherent research network we expect to achieve the breakthrough in the research on landslides and debris flows, i.e. a consistent physical model with robust numerical scheme, to provide reliable prediction and rational design of protection measures for landslides and debris flows. Fullpartners in MUMOLADE:

  1. University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences (Coordinator)
  2. International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Spain
  3. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  5. Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  6. University of Padova, Italy
  7. University of Nottingham, UK
  8. Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, UK
  9. Baugrund Dresden Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Germany
  10. Federal Research& Training Centre for Forests, Nat. Hazards & Landscape, Austria
  11. Cemagref, France
  12. ITASCA Consultants GmbH, Germany
  13. Teerag-Asdag AG, Austria


  • Project name: MUMOLADE
  • Start: 1.1.2012
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Budget: 4.32 Mio. EUR, BOKU-part: 1.2 Mio. EUR
  • Project type: Marie Curie ITN, EC-FP7
  • Partners: 13 Full Partners, BOKU role: coordinator