Author Archives: ACo

Multicriteria Optimization Model to Generate on‐DEM Optimal Channel Networks: a new paper on WRR

Our paper on MoRE, the Multiobjective modeling framework for Riverscape Exploration has just been published on Water Resources Research. In nature, river networks self‐organize their branches so that the energy spent by the water flow to reach the outlet is kept to a minimum. This physical process can be expressed mathematically with diverse formulations, which inspired a theory called Optimal Channel Network. Several studies applied Optimal Channel Network theory to reproduce the 2-D features of channel networks. Yet these studies were not able to reproduce realistic river networks in 3-D. In this paper, we propose the Multiobjective modeling framework for Riverscape Exploration (MoRE), the first modeling framework able to generate artificial river networks from random digital elevation model that resemble those observed in nature for their 3‐D characteristics. This work contributes to enrich our understanding about the mechanisms guiding the development and evolution of river networks in nature and provides a software tool that can be used for future research on real‐world 3‐D river landscapes. Read more HERE.

Bizzi, S., Cominola, A., Mason, E., Castelletti, A., & Paik, K. (2018). Multicriteria optimization model to generate on-DEM optimal channel networks. Water Resources Research, 54.

Journal paper on water-energy demand management just published

The journal paper “Segmentation analysis of residential water-electricity demand for customised demand-side management programs”  has just been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

This collaborative work between the NRM group at Polimi and UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences and Center for Water-Energy Efficiency contributes a three-phase customer segmentation analysis of over 1000 residential accounts in the Los Angeles County to explore the heterogeneity of residential water-electricity demand profiles metered at hourly frequency, and provide insights for water-energy demand-side management. The work has been supported by the SmartH2O project.

You can download the paper here: FREE ACCESS until Dec 28, 2017!

New paper published on Advances in Water Resources

Our paper on the combined use of release rules and index-based insurance contracts to induce cooperation in power asymmetrical contexts is finally out. More details and the full paper are available here.


Denaro, S., Castelletti, A., Giuliani, M., & Characklis, G. W. (2017). Fostering cooperation in power asymmetrical water systems by the use of direct release rules and index-based insurance schemes. Advances in Water Resources.