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Attilio Castellarin

Full Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ICAR/02 Hydraulic Structures, Maritime Engineering and Hydrology

Curriculum vitae

Enrolled as full professor of DICAM - University of Bologna as of November 6, 2017, and before as an associate professor (since Sept. 15, 2014) and tenured assistant professor (since Oct. 1, 2006) of the same Department.

From 2002 to 2006, assistant professor at the University of Bologna (School of Civil Engineering).
Post-Doctoral fellowship, 2001- 2002. University of Bologna (Italy).
Ph.D in Water Engineering, 2001. Polytechnic of Milan (Italy). 
Undergrad. and Masters Degree with honors in Civil Engineering with a major in Environ. Engineering, 1996.Univ. of Bologna (Italy).
Obtained the National Academic Qualification for Associate Professorship and Full Professorship on February 2, 2013

- Research interests include: frequency analysis of hydrological extreme events (rainstorms, floods and droughts); surface water resources assessment and management; anthropogenic effects on hydrological processes and Water-Society interactions; hydrological predictions in ungauged basins (PUB problem); regionalisation of hydrological information; catchment classification; hydrological GIS and open-software applications.
- Author and co-author of more than 100 original scientific papers (publication listcitation metrics from Web of SciencesTM). These studies have been presented orally at international and national conferences.

- Editor in Chief of Hydrological Sciences Journal (IAHS) as of June 2015; Associate Editor of Journal of Hydrology (winner of the “Associate Editor Award 2013”), Elsevier, from 2008 to 2014 and of  Water Resources Research, AGU, from 2013 to 2019. Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Catchment classification and PUB" on HESS, EGU.
- Reviewer for several international leading journals in the fields of hydrology and water resources management.
- Assistant researcher in several National and European research projects.
- Scientific coordinator and WP2 chair of the project SaferPLACES "Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risks in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities" funded by EIT-EU through Climate-KIC; 
- Scientific coordinator and WP1 chair of the working group active at the University of Bologna for the EU funded project 'A Large-Scale Systems Approach to Flood Risk Assessment and Management' (‘SYSTEM-RISK', belonging to Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions for Innovative Training Networks - ITNs).
- Working Group Chair and Management Committee Member for the EU funded COST Action ES0901 European Procedures for flood frequency estimation "FloodFreq" (
- Scientific coordinator of the working group active at the University of Bologna for the National grant  PRIN-2007 CUBIST “Relations between hydrological processes, climate, and physical attributes of the landscape at the regional and basin scales”
- Scientific coordinator of the project titled: "Derivation of a stochastic regional model for estimating flow-duration curves in ungauged basins", funded in 2002 through a research grant by the University of Bologna.

- Organized and convened numerous sessions focusing on the prediction and prevention of hydrological extremes at various editions of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly an Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Member of the scientific committee of EGU Leonardo Conference Series on the Hydrological Cycle “Floods in 3D: Processes, Patterns, Predictions” (Bratislava, Slovakia, 23-25 November 2011), Florisa Melone Memorial Conference (Assisi, Italy, 10-11 October 2013), 6th (Bologna July, 2014) and 7th (Bochum, Germany, July 2016) IAHS International Symposia of IAHS-ICWRS. Coordinator of the technical and scientific committee of 35th national congress in water engineering (IDRA16, Bologna, September 2016).

Professor of Hydraulic Infrastructures (6 ECTS) for the undergraduate course in environmental engineering and of Hydrological Modeling (6 ECTS) and Flood and Drought Risk Management M (Module 2, 2 ECTS) for the Masters degree at the University of Bologna.  Professor of the International Master in "Land and Water Conservation"  (Univ. Bologna) and Short Course on "Small hydropower development - from planning to design" and “Where there is little data: How to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins” (UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands) and "Summer School - Runoff Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)" (TUW, Vienna, Austria).  Supervisor and co-supervisor of more than 100 graduation and masters theses. Advisor and co-advisor of several Ph.D. students and member of the academic board of Ph.D. school in civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering (PhD@DICAM).

2007: Invited professor at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam GFZ Potsdam (group coordinator Prof. Bruno Merz).
2003: Visiting scholar at Tufts University (Boston, USA), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, collaborating with Dr. Richard, M. Vogel on a research grant from the University of Bologna.
1999: Visiting student at the University of Waterloo (Canada), under the supervision of Prof. Donald, H. Burn as a part of the Ph.D. program.
Co-managed, planned and taught in a series of master classes for Latin American engineers titled: “Design of river engineering works and structural/non-structural measures for the prevention of hydro-geological disasters” in various editions from 2004 to 2008 (sponsored by IILA - Italo-Latin American Institute, through the Italian Department of Foreign Affairs; held at University of Bologna).
IILA Consultant in the field of hydraulic engineering for two international cooperation projects funded by the Italian Department of Foreign Affairs in  Republica Dominicana, Haití, Ecuador and Perú.

References may be obtained from:

Dr. Prof. Günter Blöschl, Technische Universität Wien, Wien, Austria,

Dr. Prof.  Donald H. Burn, University of Waterloo, Waterloo (ON), Canada,

Dr. Prof. Bruno Merz, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Germany,

Dr. Prof. Richard M. Vogel, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 02155, USA,