Terrestrial Laser Scanner techniques in the assessment of tsunami impact on the Maddalena Peninsula (south-eastern Sicily, Italy)

RIVISTA: Earth, Planet and Space

ANNO: 2012

AUTORI: Scicchitano G., Pignatelli C., Spampinato C.R., Piscitelli A., Milella M., Monaco C, Mastronuzzi G.

KEYWORD: Tsunami, hydrodynamic model, Laser Scanner Techniques, Sicily, Italy.


The coastline of the Maddalena peninsula (south-eastern Sicily, Italy) is characterised by the occurrence of a boulder field associated to an extended soil stripping area and by a gravel/sandy berm. The accumulation of the boulders has been mostly correlated to the impact of the December 28, 1908 tsunami wave. The use of Terrestrial Laser Scanner survey techniques, associated to Differential Global Position System determinations, permits to obtain new data for the assessment of tsunami impact on this coastal area. The computing of the surveyed data using the most recent equations is a useful tool in order to estimate the theoretic inundation limit and to reconstruct its variability in function of the boulders size and of the coastal topography. Moreover, the entire new data set allows to confirm that the hypothesis of the tsunami impact is the most reasonable to explain the occurrence of boulders weighing up to 50 tons on the Maddalena peninsula.