ICAR02 - Hydraulic Structures - Description
The Research Group of Hydraulic and Marine Constructions and Hydrology at DICAM mainly focuses on research and educational activities within the typical themes of hydrology, hydraulic and marine engineering, as well as in the field of remote sensing and GIS applied to hydrology and environment.
Common topics of Hydraulic Constructions, such as the urban drainage systems and the water supply systems, are addressed by means of new paradigms in which the hydraulic functioning, in terms of project reliability and robustness, is assessed with methods of operational research, statistics, environmental economy, risk analysis, and cost-benefits analysis.
Research activities in the field of Hydrology focus on physically-based and spatially-distributed modeling of hydrological processes, ecohydrology, statistical analysis of climatic variables, time-series analysis, and uncertainty analysis modeling. The research also deals with fundamental issues of soil protection, such as the analysis of hydrological extremes and the assessment, mitigation, and mapping of flood risk looking at those aspects related to the analysis and the development of resilience especially in anthropic environments.
The Group is also characterized by a strong experimental open field activity aiming at hydrodynamic surveys in water bodies and at a continuous monitoring of weather and climate variables.
Finally, the Lab of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (MEDILAB) focuses its research activity on environmental monitoring by means of satellite, airborne, and proximity platforms images. Moreover, it is interested into developing new GIS spatial analysis techniques in the field of hydrology, farm-hydrology (e.g., precision farming, precision irrigation), and environment, as well as the modelling of integrated environmental processes into GIS systems.