Analisi e Gestione dei Sistemi Ambientali

Course Objectives

The course (in Italian) develops knowledge and skills for modeling and managing natural systems, and their use to support decision-making. Topics include: decision-making processes, descriptive models (both deterministic and stochastic), and design of management policies. Water resources are used to demonstrate the methodologies presented in the class.

Course Program

  • Integrated participatory planning and management
  • The elements of decision making problems: actions, criteria, and indicators; models (Bayesian Belief Networks, process-based models, empirical models, deterministic and stochastic, model calibration and validation); disturbances and residuals models; examples include river basins, lakes and reservoirs, rivers and canals, irrigation districts, water and air quality.
  • Decision making under full rationality: planning and management problems; selecting among infinite alternatives; the operating policy; how to handle the uncertainty
  • Decision making under partial rationality: managing conflicting objectives; design of Pareto efficient solutions
  • Projects: examples include hydropower generation in the Dead Sea, salinity control in Amu Darya, water quality control in the Sacramento river.


  • Soncini-Sessa, R., A. Castelletti, and E. Weber (2007), Integrated and participatory water resources management: Theory, Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL.
  • Soncini-Sessa, R., , F. Cellina, F. Pianosi, and E. Weber (2007), Integrated and participatory water resources management: Practice, Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL.