Climate Change: Power Mountain Engineering & Sports Summer School

The knowledge of mountain dynamics in the context of climate change is the basis of any socio-economic development linked to the territory.

Through a path that will involve different disciplinary sectors from the monitoring techniques to the mitigation actions of the risks connected to mountain phenomena, candidates will be able to learn the relationship that binds man to the mountain.

The complementary activities will instead address the issue of safety and health in the mountain environment, bringing participants who wish to measure their physical conditions with the help of mountain medicine.

In a mountain environment, it is essential to understand iterations between man and the environment that surrounds him from several perspectives and points of view.

It is useful to understand how they can evolve over the years, influenced by climate change. The proposed activities try to create a solid knowledge of the principal phenomena that characterize mountain environments related to the mitigation actions that can limit the risks associated. Moreover, through a personal path, participants, guided by experts of these environments, will receive elements of self-awareness to improve their behavior. This learning method is one of the innovations of the proposal that can make it particularly attractive for international students. As well as, they will combine their knowledge with the high-level engineering training of the Politecnico and elements of soft-skill and self-learning.

Finally, with the support of local authorities, participants will have the opportunity to deepen the socio-economic dynamics that these phenomena exert on local communities.





Fondazione Montagna Sicura - Montagne Sûre, Villa Cameron
Località Villard de la Palud 1, 11013 Courmayeur (AO)


The Summer School is open to max. 15 PhD, Graduates, students at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels in different fields as Engineering, Geological Sciences, Forestry and similar study programs.

Participants will receive 4 ECTS credits upon successful completion of the program.


All the activities will be held in English.


Course aim

The summer school aims to experiment with "learning by doing" teaching methods about the study of climate change in mountain environments. In particular, to create a body of knowledge capable of attracting international students who want to improve their skills concerning the following objectives:

  • Learn about the methods of survey, processing, analysis, and integration of data from different sources to define the dynamics that describe the mountain environment;
  • Consult protected and non-targeted interventions to mitigate the risk deriving from natural events, including extreme ones (avalanches, landslides, debris flows);
  • Return attention to the risks related to mountain sports and how to practice it tries to stimulate the mountain territory;
  • In the context of climate change understand, how the mountain is changing and being able after observing and modifying one's habits to live with greater respect for the environment and most of the phenomenon of climate change.

The transversal objective of the summer school is to increase the visibility, also internationally, of the new course of studies on climate change offered by the Politecnico di Torino.

The students will also be part of a project of mountain medicine. They will monitor by measuring in several parts of the day. Samples such as oxygenation of the blood, pressure, beats, etc. will be collected during the activities and in different places.



The following training activities will develop through a part of frontal teaching, workshops, and learning by doing in-situ:

  • Glaciers monitoring through radar and drone
  • Download and process data from satellites
  • Glaciers on-site data acquisition (AINEVA surveys)
  • Observation of structural and non-avalanche measures
  • Mitigation measures on rocky walls
  • Landslides mitigations
  • Safety and health in a mountain environment
  • Mountain springs field trip
  • Renewable energy in a mountain environment
  • Hydraulic protection of the territory and hydraulic infrastructures

Other activites include:

  • 4 hours of Mountain Bike;
  • 4 hours of field trip to visit an Hydraulic central;
  • 8 hours of mountain activities as build a base camp (entry level course to learn climbing);
  • 4 hours of field trip to visit Valle D’Aosta castels;
  • 4 hours of old mountain sports (Tsan, Fiolet and Rebatta);
  • 4 hours of rafting;
  • 8 hours of trekking in Val Ferret e climbing to Rifugio Bertone;
  • 4 hours of alpinism story.



  • RUS Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo sostenibile
  • UNITE! - University Network for Innovation,Technology and Engineering
  • Regione Autonoma Valle D’Aosta
  • ARPA Regione Autonoma Valle D’Aosta
  • Fondazione Montagna Sicura
  • User Forum Copernicus
  • AUSL Valle d'Aosta
  • ESRI Italia
  • Comune di Courmayeur
  • Compagnia Valdostana Acque (CVA)



Applications to the Summer School will open in fall/winter 2020.