Debris flows are one of the most dangerous and destructive processes affecting mountainous areas all over the world which often result in loss of human lives. In fact, debris and hyperconcentrated flows frequently are considered as the mass movement type with greater destructive capability since they are able to transport large quantities of sediments and wood downslope. Therefore, these phenomena recently have attracted the attention not only by society but also by scientific community, resulting in the appearance of detailed studies and scopes for several debris flow features regarding to its genesis, behavior and mitigation measures.

However, the debris flows mitigation measures in a short-term period usually consists in the employment of debris retention structures, generally designed according to non well-validated empirical methods.

From STOPDEBRIS project, AQUALOGUS intends to develop methodologies and guidelines for slit dams for solid material retention. These methodologies will be based on physical model experiments which will allow an assessment of flow behavior and retention capacity for different open-type dam solutions.

It is intended that STOPDEBRIS project reveal an innovative profile, entirely with objective and practical approaches. This debris flow project focuses on improve the feasibility of potential promoter's investment for new debris flow mitigation structures and, consequently, increases the safety of awareness populations and material goods.