Marta won the Young Academics Award of the Alpine Convention

Marta Zaniolo  was awarded the first prize of the Young Academics Award of the Alpine Convention on the topic of Sustainable water management in the Alps, for her Master thesis on Design and Application of basin customized drought indexes for highly regulated basins.  The Alpine Convention is an international treaty between the Alpine Countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland) as well as the EU, for the sustainable development and protection of the Alps. During the 2-4 April XV Alpine Conference representatives of the public and private sector, NGO’s, students, experts and people from all across the Alps came together to discuss, exchange best practices and experiences, and take decisions on pressing Alpine issues. More information available HERE  

NRM at EGU 2019

Here the list of our contributions accepted for the EGU General Assembly 2019:
  1. Do we understand performance dependencies, trade-offs, and robustness in dam design and operation?Federica Bertoni, Andrea Castelletti, Matteo Giuliani, and Patrick M. Reed (ORAL)
  2. Informing efficient reservoir filling strategies by seasonal drought forecastsMarta Zaniolo, Matteo Giuliani, Andrea Castelletti, and Paolo Burlando (ORAL)
  3. Economically efficient and socially inclusive river basin development: does a balance exist?Andrea Castelletti, Marta Zaniolo, Matteo Giuliani, Fritz Kleinschroth, Scott Sinclair, and Paolo Burlando (ORAL)
  4. Evaluating the robustness of the water-energy-food nexus using integrated climate and socio-economic scenarios, Matteo Giuliani, Jonathan Lamontagne, and Andrea Castelletti (ORAL)
  5. CASCADE: a toolbox for network-scale sediment connectivity assessment, Marco Tangi, Rafael Schmitt, Simone Bizzi, and Andrea Castelletti (PICO)
  6. Robust design of off-grid water-energy systems under climate and socio-economic changesGiorgio Falcini, Elena Muratore, Federico Giudici, Andrea Castelletti, Davide Airoldi, Elisabetta Garofalo, Matteo Giuliani, and Holger Maier (POSTER)
  7. Data-driven behavioural modelling of smart meter data to identify end-use determinants of residential water use, Andrea Cominola, Khoi Nguyen, Matteo Giuliani, Rodney A. Stewart, Holger R. Maier, and Andrea Castelletti (PICO)
  8. Development of a demand- and network-based tool for automatic detection of post meter leakages, Riccardo Taormina, Andrea Cominola, Matteo Giuliani, Stefano Galelli, and Andrea Castelletti (PICO)
  9. What will the weather do? forecasting flood losses based on oscillation indices, Gabriela Guimarães Nobre, Matteo Giuliani, Hans de Moel, Konstantinos Bischiniotis, Jeroen Aerts, and Philip Ward (PICO)
  10. Optimal Infrastructure Sequencing and Management in the Zambezi River Basin, Jazmin Zatarain Salazar, Federica Bertoni, Matteo Giuliani, and Andrea Castelletti (POSTER)
  11. Integrated water-energy modelling: a scenario-based analysis to support energy system transition policies in the EU, Angelo Carlino, Patrizia Zamberletti, Francesca Recanati, Matteo Giuliani, Andrea Castelletti, Alessia De Vita, Maria Kannavou, and Alexandros Makrysopoulos (POSTER)
  12. Sensitivity Analysis of Data-driven Groundwater Forecast to Hydro-climatic Controls in Irrigated CroplandsAlessandro Amaranto, Dimitri Solomatine, Gerald Corzo, Francesca Pianosi, and Francisco Munoz-Arriola (POSTER)
  13. How does uncertainty affect cooperation strategies in transboundary water resources systems? A case study on the Zambezi River Basin, Sara Cazzaniga, Federica Bertoni, Matteo Giuliani, and Andrea Castelletti (POSTER)
  14. Integrated infrastructural and financial options to manage weather risk in a multipurpose regulated lake, Vanessa Tesini, Simona Denaro, Andrea Castelletti, and Gregory Characklis (POSTER)
  15. Improved energy-water modelling for hydropower capacity expansion planning under climate change: a case study in the Zambezi River Basin, Maria Giulia Pelosi, Luca Monaco, Angelo Carlino, Andrea Castelletti (POSTER)
  16. At what cost? Can forecasts allow us to protect to more severe flood events without sacrificing performance on other river basin objectives?, Julianne Quinn, Patrick Reed, Matteo Giuliani, Andrea Castelletti, Jared Oyler, and Robert Nicholas
  17. Policy brief: making climate services impactful on hydropower reservoir optimization, Maria-Helena Ramos, Andrea Castelletti, Manuel Pulido Velázquez, David Gustafsson, Matteo Giuliani, Hector Macian-Sorribes, Manon Cassagnole, Louise Crochemore, Ilias Pechlivanidis, and Guillaume Thirel (POSTER)
  18. Geospatial assessment of phenotype predictive analytics using machine learning techniques, Francisco Munoz-Arriola, Parisa Sarzaeim, Alessandro Amaranto, Diego Jarquin, and Denise Bradford (ORAL)
  19. Towards assimilation of qualitative flow observations in hydrological models, Dimitri Solomatine, Maurizio Mazzoleni, Alessandro Amaranto (POSTER)

NRM group visits Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity

We have recently visited the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity in Addis Ababa to discuss preliminary results on the analysis of optimal development pathways for the Omo-Turkana basin, located across southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. This almost pristine region has been in recent years a strategic target for Ethiopian governmental investments on dam development and agricultural expansion, aimed at achieving energy and food security for the country, and propelling Africa’s fastest growing economy. In our analysis, we adopt an integrated and participated approach, which assesses the impacts of different basin development pathways on governmental and local stakeholders of Ethiopia and Kenya, in order to promote environmental and economical sustainability, as well as social inclusiveness. This work is part of the EU funded DAFNE project, which aims at developing a Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food nexus in complex transboundary water resource systems of fast developing countries.

Climate change or energy policies: What matters most for alpine hydropower? a new paper on WRR

wrcr23658-fig-0005Scientific literature has mostly focused on the analysis of climate change impacts on hydropower operations, underrating the consequences of energy policies, for example, increase in Variable Renewable Sources (VRSs) and CO2 emission permit price, on hydropower productivity and profitability. We contribute a modeling framework to assess the impacts of different climate change and energy policies on the operations of hydropower reservoir systems in the Alps. Our approach is characterized by the following: (i) the use of a physically explicit hydrological model to assess future water availability; (ii) the consideration of electricity price scenarios obtained from an electricity market model accounting for the future projected European energy strategies; and (iii) the use of optimization techniques to design hydropower system operations in response to the projected changes. Through the application to the Mattmark system, a snow‐ and ice‐dominated hydropower system in Switzerland, we demonstrate how the framework is effective in exploring the sensitivity of Alpine hydropower to changes in water availability and electricity price, in quantifying the uncertainties associated to these projections and in identifying the value of reoperation strategies. The paper is available open access  HERE.