Debris flows and mudflows are mass movement that cause great damage every year around the world. Direct damage includes loss of lives, destruction of houses and facilities, damage to roads, railways, vehicle accidents, and damage to agricultural land, livestock and forest stands, disruption of water supply systems, devaluation of fisheries, environmental effects due to product spills, among others. As indirect cost, the disruption of traffic and communication linear facilities is important (Jakob & Hungr, 2005).

To understand phenomena, to estimate the occurrence of disastrous mass flows and prevent their negative effects. New techniques and systems allow early warning useful to save lives. Protection systems help to secure critical infrastructure. Therefore, planners and decision makers may have tools adequate to manage the risk in different situations.

The Committee on Disaster Risk Management of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), with the support of the Peruvian Engineers Association (CIP), has organized this online course, bringing together distinguished specialists from different countries to address the subject through six topics:


  1. Climate and mass flows: geographic distribution

Dr. Paul Santi, Colorado School of Mines, USA

  1. Hazard maps for risk prevention and reduction

Dr. Reginald Hermanns, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO

  1. Vulnerability assessment of building and infrastructure

Dr. Dimitris Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR

  1. Early warning systems for debris and mudflows

Dr. Edier Aristizabal, National University of Colombia, CO

  1. Capacity building and social organization

Dr. Silvia Hostettler, EPFL Sustainability, CH

  1. Engineering solutions in mass flow-prone areas

Dr. Federico Vagnon, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy




Start: Tuesday 13 April 2021.

Duration: 6 weeks, one topic per week will be developed.

Dedication: 2 hours per topic

Language: English, with text in Spanish.

Platform: Moodle. Participants will only be able to log in on the start date with their username and password. Access to each topic will be given every Tuesday, starting at 9:00 am (Lima time). Participants will be able to access the platform from that time and at the time of their choice.

Format: Recorded, non-face-to-face topics by lecturers.

Reference material: There is a section with recommended readings by specialists in PDF format and links to websites.

Evaluation exercises: At the end of each topic, you will have to answer five multi-choice questions. The system will display the correct answers at the end to check against your answers.

Certificate: Those interested may apply once the course has been completed, which implies having participated in all the topics and answered the questions. The CIP will indicate how to pay the 50 USD fee.