New paper about data-driven behavioral modeling of water reservoir operators

Our paper recently published on Advances of Water Resoruces proposes a new approach to infer the typical operations of water reservoirs from historical observations, using data-driven behavioral modeling based on eigenbehavior analysis. We extend the original eigenbehavior analysis by Eagle and Pentland (2009) used also by Cominola et al. (2018) to characterize typical operating strategies across 172 water reservoirs in California. We show that the proposed method identifies four typical behavioral profiles, which are strongly linked to key features of the reservoirs. Moreover, we illustrate how the identified models can be used for discovering behavioral profiles, and associated reservoir characteristics, that are vulnerable to drought conditions. Read more HERE.

Giuliani, M. and J.D. Herman (2018), Modeling the behavior of water reservoir operators via eigenbehavior analysis, Advances in Water Resources, 122

New paper about Augmented Reality technologies for participated planning of water infrastructures

Our paper recently published on Technologies proposes a novel participated planning support system based on mobile and Augmented Reality technologies. These tools allow different stakeholders to take part in the review of a large dam project through an application that automatically acquires information available online and allows all stakeholders to share information. Virtual Prototyping technologies have been mainly used to enable a more realistic 3D models visualisation, to visualise projects in the real scene and, when paired with a networking system, for supporting maintenance activities. In our work, the project is shared between an arbitrary number of participants, that can fully and equally interact with it, using Augmented and Virtual Reality. Moreover, the system can be used indifferently with a desktop computer or a mobile phone and allows performing the following actions: creating the dam and editing its characteristics (e.g., typology, position, and height), saving different versions of the same project to compare the effects provided by different dam characteristics, inserting annotations and comments, or including pictures taken by people on-site to visualize the surrounding environment. Read more HERE.

Ros, A., M. Giuliani, G.W. Scurati, S. Graziosi, F. Ferrise, M. Bodegoni (2018), Participated Planning of Large Water Infrastructures through Virtual Prototyping Technologies, Technologies, 6(68)


Simone Bizzi has been invited to a 1-day conference at the Ecole Normal Superior of Lyon, France, to speak about dams and sediment discontinuity in the Po basin. The conference examined human-induced disturbance of sediment continuity at the river-basin scale and its potential management/restoration, from both a physical science and environmental history perspective. The conference focuses on three Mediterranean river basins, the Rhone, Ebro, and Po, drawing lessons from these relatively simple cases (picture from Kondolf & Piégay 2011). This conference is coordinated with a broader research effort initiated by Professor G Mathias Kondolf (UC Berkeley) and Asst Professor Giacomo Parrinello (Sciences Po), The Social Life of the Sediment Balance: A Social and Geomorphic Approach to the Transformation of River Systems and Deltas, supported by the France-Berkeley Fund and a UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix-Sciences Po collaboration grant. More info can be found here: