The Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI, http://www.irpi.cnr.it) is part of CNR (Italian National Research Council). IRPI is a Competence Centre (preferential consultant) of the Italian National Department of Civil Defence in case of floods and landslide disasters. The research carried out at the branch of Padova, is focused on the major drivers of hydro-geological risk. IRPI is coordination WP4, addressing the numerical and physical modelling of debris flows, to support the development of the sensors, lab tests and data validation. Moreover, IRPI is collaborating to the development of the pressure sensors (WP1 and WP2).