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Elena Toth

Full Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

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


Keywords: flood forecasting classification of river basins artificial neural networks bridge piers scour rainfall-runoff models water demand modelling hydrological future scenarios reservoir management


- Rainfall-runoff modelling, with i) physically-based spatially-distributed models, ii) conceptual lumped models and iii) data-driven models; Calibration of hydrological models (mono and multi-objective, utility functions) and impact of data availability;

- Hydrological modeling of ungauged/poorly gauged basins (PUB); Classification of watersheds in homogeneous regions (hydrological similarity assessment);

- Real-time flood forecasting systems (modelling chain) and flood warning systems; Flood warning thresholds;

- Indicators for drought monitoring and warning;

- Assessment on climate change scenarios for hydrological analyses;

- Estimation and nowcasting of rainfall fields through remote sensing (radar and satellite);

- Data validation and time-series analysis techniques of hydro-meteorological variables;

- Fluvial hydrology: Estimation of scour depth around bridge piers; Image-based methods for flow velocity measurement; Role of vegetation in mitigating riverbanks erosion.

- Water resource management: optimisation of reservoir management; Smart-metering of urban water uses; Urban water demand analysis and modelling as a function of climatic and socio-economic drivers; Tourism water use: assessment, saving measures and policies, role of stakeholders.