Elisa Giaccone

KEYWORDS: alpine vegetation, geomorphology, permafrost, climate change


At the University of Lausanne, I am working on relationship between geomorphology and vegetation. More in detail, I would like to quantify how morphodynamics of landforms and earth surface processes (solifluction, rill erosion, nivation and frost weathering) affects plant communities and species richness. One other part of my research concerns the development of a methodology to obtain a granulometry classification starting from high resolution images and the elaboration of a semi-automated geomorphological map using multiple point geostatistics approach.


After completing by bachelor in 2011 in Natural Science at the University of Turin (Italy), I obtained in 2013 my master in Biology of Environment in the same university. The topic of my master thesis was to understand the interactions between climate change, permafrost and vegetation in a small alpine catchment in the NW Italian Alps. After a stage in Agroscope (Nyon, Switzerland) about climate change and vegetation, I worked for one year and half at the University of Turin with a fellowship on climate change and permafrost. Then, I applied and started my PhD at the University of Lausanne in 2016.


Peri- and Paraglacial Processes, University of Lausanne

Integralp project

Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGmS), Young Geomorphologist commettee


Colombo N., Giaccone E., Paro L., Buffa G., Fratianni S., 2016. The recent transition from glacial to periglacial environment in a high altitude alpine basin (Sabbione basin, North-Western Italian Alps). Preliminary outcomes from a multidisciplinary approach. Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 39: 21-36.

Scapozza C., Giaccone E., Mari S., Antognini M., Fratianni S., Ambrosi C., 2015. Il permafrost nelle Alpi Ticinesi: temperatura e movimenti dei ghiacciai rocciosi dal 2006 al 2014. Dati – Statistiche e società, A. XV, n. 2, pp. 100-109.

Giaccone E., Colombo N., Acquaotta F., Paro L., Fratianni S., 2015. Climate variations in a high altitude Alpine basin and their effects on a glacial environment (Italian Western Alps). Atmósfera, 28(2): 117-128.


Giaccone E., Mariéthoz G., Lambiel C., 2018. Le rôle de la variabilité géomorphologique sur les communautés végétales à l’étage alpin : cas d’étude dans les Alpes Vaudoises. Journées des jeunes géomorphologues, 26-27 January 2018, Lyon, France.

Bollati I., Azzoni R.S., Celada C., Cerrato R., Crosa Lenz B., Giaccone E., Masseroli A., Pellegrini M., Schenker F., Vezzola L., Viani C., Zanoner T., Scapozza C., Zerboni A., Gugliemin M., 2017. IVth AIGeo Young Geomorphologists’ Stage “High mountain landscape and climate change”. Analysis of the deglaciation history in an Italy-Switzerland cross-border area: the Val Viola (Upper Valtellina-Poschiavo Valley). VII Young Geomorphologists’ Day “Innovative technologies for monitoring and digitally modeling past and present geomorphological processes”, 15-16 June 2017, Napoli, Italy.

Giaccone E., Mariéthoz G., Lambiel C., 2017. Interactions between geomorphology and vegetation in the Western Swiss Alps: first investigations. European Geoscience Union (EGU), 23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.

Giaccone E., Mariéthoz G., Lambiel C., 2017. Interactions between geomorphology and vegetation in the Vaud Alps: first investigations. Biology17, 2-3 February 2017, Bern, Switzerland.

Giaccone E., Mariéthoz G., Lambiel C., 2016. Interactions between geomorphology and vegetation in the Vaud Alps: first investigations. 14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 18-19 November 2016, Geneva, Switzerland.

Giaccone E., Fratianni S., Mari S., Antognini M., Ambrosi C., Scapozza C., 2016. Le pergélisol au Sud des Alpes Suisses (Tessin): étude de sept glaciers rocheux et relations avec le climat. XXIXe Colloque de l’Association Internationale de Climatologie, 6-9 July 2016, Lausanne – Besançon, Switzerland – France.

Giaccone E., Fratianni S., Ambrosi C., Antognini M., Delaloye R., Lambiel C., Mari S., Scapozza C., 2016. Recent evolution of mountain permafrost in the Southern Swiss Alps: the results of 2006-2015 period. XI International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP), 20-24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany.


Elisa Giaccone elisa.giaccone at unil.ch