Our area focuses on water-related risks and on water resources for humans and environment. We perform theoretical and applied research about extreme events, infrastructures, field measurements, data analysis, physical and statistical modelling. Our goal is to advance scientific knowledge and develop engineering applications for a sustainable, safe and efficient future.

Research outcomes are published in scientific papers in high-ranking journals and we had a number of funded projects at national and European level (e.g. CWASI, RESBA, PITER, ViWAN).

We have national and international collaborations with public authorities, other Universities, and small to large enterprises.

The main research topics are the following (in parenthesis, people mostly involved):  

Statistical hydrology (Viglione, Claps, Ganora): models for hydrological extremes, time series analysis, hydrological prediction in ungauged basins, uncertainty analysis, cost-benefit analysis in hydrologic design

Prevention and control of hydro-geological risk (Viglione, Claps, Ganora): large-scale flood and rainstorms hazard mapping, management of hydrological dam safety, risk awareness in population

Climate change effects on floods (Viglione, Claps, Ganora, Battaglia): statistical methods fortrend analysis of extreme rainfall and floods over large areas, long-term hydrological modelling and attribution of trend effects in snow-affected basins, evaluation of climate model rainfall sensitivity 

Web-based solutions for hydrologic analysis (Claps, Ganora): server-client implementation of hydrologic mapping of rainfall extremes, web-based procedures for design rainfall and flood estimation 

Water resources assessment (Viglione, Claps, Ganora): large scale statistical modelling of surface water availability, evaluation of man-induced effects on water resources, large-scale assessment of residual hydropower resources 

Remote sensing and satellite monitoring (Tamea, Claps, Battaglia): the Copernicus system services and the NASA-Global Precipitation Measuring mission products for local and global hydrological modelling, 

Water for irrigation and food production (Tamea, Laio, Claps): water footprint assessment of agricultural goods, modelling of crop evapotranspiration and irrigation requirements, climate change effects on water resources for agriculture, irrigation volumes assessment through satellite data, environmental cost of water withdrawals 

Virtual water and international trade (Laio, Tamea): international trade of food and associated virtual water, network analysis and crises propagation, environmental and socio-economical aspects of food trade, water-food-energy nexus 

Sea-waves energy production (Poggi): theoretical and experimental study of innovative hull for energy production, wave energy estimation for wave energy converters 

Lab-scale physical modeling (Poggi): complex water fluxes in natural and built environments, interaction of water flow and infrastructures, design of spillways and outlet works for dams, prototype test up to 20 kW and model test for larger turbines

BluEnergy Lab (Poggi): a multi-site laboratory for the binomial "Energy and water" dedicated to the study, design and prototyping of new technologies and innovative turbines. The laboratory has a main part within the Politecnico di Torino and two field sites located along the coast of the island of Pantelleria and on an irrigation canal in Agliè (To)

Dam Risk Analysis (Poggi): Risk assessment in the urban area due to the collapse of dams, analysis of dam-break wave propagation





Dams and reservoirs: risk or resource?

Crop irrigation in semi-arid environment

Flood over road crossing in Pellice river (WikiMedia CC-BY-SA-4.0)