Theses Topics

T1. From genesis to dissipation: using machine learning to track tropical cyclones in reanalysis datasets
T2. Impact-based flood detection and mapping using machine learning 
T3. Improving sub-seasonal drought forecasts via Machine Learning
T4. Detection and prediction of heatwaves and warm nights
T5. Advancing water reservoir operations by leveraging spatial weather and climate data via deep Reinforcement Learning – assigned
T6. Reducing complexity in many-objective water resource optimization problems through linear and non-linear dimensionality reduction techniques
T7. Evaluating the impact of hydropower projects on ecosystem services for energy system planning in Africa
T8. Reconstructing filling and operating rules of African water reservoirs via satellite observations – assigned
T9. Generating Snow Water Equivalent Time Series using Generative Adversarial Networks
T10. Recalibration of the total Snow Water Equivalent estimates in the Adda Basin via Machine Learning – assigned
T11. Social learning, risk analysis and behaviour modelling on climate change 
T12. Enhancing droughts resilience via expansion of water storage infrastructures – assigned

The slides introducing the research projects and the theses’ proposals that were shown during the meeting on 27/01/2023 are available HERE.

Past Theses

20222021 – 202020192018201720162015201420132012

Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Emma Krampe: Advancing the operation of a multi-reservoir system using global hydrological forecast products
  • Dennis Zanutto: Multi-timescale forecast-based direct policy search for water system control
  • Veronica Piuri: Integrating desalination and aquaponics in the Nile River Basin
  • Nicola Crippa: Assessing the value of seasonal forecasts in informing reservoir operations in the water-stressed Mediterranean basins
  • Federico Sala: Strategic dam planning in the Mekong River Basin accounting for GHGs emissions and river sediment connectivity

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Simone Grosso: Power capacity expansion in the Southern African Power Pool: Synergies between hydropower and floating solar development
  • Kushagra Pandey: Advancing the generation of socio-economic scenarios in bottom-up vulnerability assessments
  • Luca Ferrari: Drivers of uncertainty, high-risk scenarios, and robust climate policies in RICE50+
  • Paolo Colombo: Analysis of the influence of a dense network of small reservoirs on drought evolution

Academic Year 2019-2020

Thomas Manzoni: Bayesian hierarchical forecasts reconciliation to inform water system control

Silvia Colombo: From efficiency to equity, assessing fairness in planning river basins development

Francesca Robba: Assessing the potential of seasonal drought forecasts for triggering drought management strategies

Davide Cananzi: Improving drought monitoring via machine learning: A new impact-based drought index

Luca Rampon: Integrating aquaponics technologies in strategic river basin management

Silvia Bossi: Strategic dam planning accounting for GreenHouse Gases emissions and river sediment connectivity

Fabio Gardella: The effects of climate and technology variation on the hybrid energy system design for small Mediterranean islands 

Academic Year 2018-2019

Ilaria Chiricò: Robust design of dam heightening under climate change: a case study in the Swiss Alps

Marco Orbetelli: A data-driven approach to streamflow reconstruction using dendrochronological data

Giacomo Piraccini: Dam reoperation for controlling water-related diseases: the potential for floating solar to compensate hydropower losses

Francesco Semeria: Modelling the impact of dams on flood-recession agriculture in the Omo valley: a satellite-data based analysis

Alessandro Barbieri & Martina Daddi: Integrating hydrological constraints for hydropower in energy models:The case study of the Zambezi River Basin in the Southern African Power Pool

Luca Sasso: Re-designing reservoir capacity in snow dominated catchments to adapt to changing climate

Yousra Saudi: Assessing the value of hydroclimatic services for hydropower megadams

Giacomo Trombetta: From individualism to full cooperation: optimal operation of the Nile River basin reservoirs under varying levels of cooperation

Henrique Moreno Dumont Goulart: Assessing the operational value of forecast information under climate change

Academic Year 2017-2018

Maria Giulia Pelosi & Luca Monaco: Improved energy-water modelling for hydropower capacity expansion planning under climate change: a case study in the Zambezi River Basin

Vanessa TesiniIntegrated infrastructural and financial options to manage weather risk in a multipurpose regulated lake

Stefano Gallandra & Marco SorrentiMulti-objective optimal design of dam filling strategies: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Giorgio Falcini & Elena Muratore: The effects of climate and socio-economic changes on the design of off-grid hybrid energy systems

Sara CazzanigaHow does uncertainty affect cooperation strategies in transboundary water resources systems? A case study on the Zambezi River Basin

Lucia Maletti: Evaluating the effects of land use change and hydropower development on sediment connectivity. The case study of the Omo river

Agostino GhettiDevelopment of a high-resolution water consumption dataset with end-use diaries

Carlo Alberto BordignonForecasting hourly energy price in the Swiss market. Model identification and application for accurate short-term forecasts

Riccardo Badagliacca & Linda SpinelliDesigning robust and sustainable development pathways in the Omo-Turkana basin

Lorenzo CaviglioniDesigning efficient reservoir filling strategies using seasonal drought forecasts

Giacomo Luoni: Modeling river fragmentation at pan-European scale

Academic Year 2016-2017

Barbara Benigni & Sebastian Raimondo: Robust planning of agricultural expansion in Zambezi river basin under climate and socio-economic changes

Angelo Carlino: Hydro-energy systems modeling in the Zambezi river basin: exploring benefits from soft model integration

Alessandro Gentile: Informing water reservoir operations with climate teleconnections

Luca Gianelli & Paolo Redo BianchiWater-related disease control via dam operation: balancing hydropower production and malaria spreading on Kariba reservoir

Valeria PensoDiscovering large-scale climate signals for seasonal meteorological forecasts in Africa

Marco TangiBalancing sediment starvation and hydropower production. The case study of the Vjosa river

Rachele TarantolaThe value of weather/streamflow forecasts for hydropower companies

Elena FornariData-driven emulation modeling of an agricultural model to simulate crop productivity

Giulia Marchetti: Overall grain size mapping from Sentinel 2 images

Mattia Lanzani & Antonio Pecoraro: Balancing hydropower producing and fluvial connectivity in optimal large scale dam siting on the Mekong river

Academic Year 2015-2016

Martina MorlacchiUnsupervised automatic detection of post meter leakage in residential settings

Sofia RossiA vulnerability analysis of the Red River basin, Vietnam, under co-varying climate and socio-economic changes

Chiara SamaleImproving seasonal forecast of hydroclimatic variables through the state of large-scale climate signals

Marika SqueriAssessing the skill of seasonal meteorological forecast products for predicting droughts and water scarcity in highly regulated basins

Marta ZanioloDesign and application of drought indexes in highly regulated Mediterranean water systems

Marta AndreoniPooling drought and flood related financial risk to manage conflict in multi-purpose Lake Maggiore water system

Jose RamosAgent-based modeling of innovation diffusion in agricultural systems

Giulio CamisaniRegional modelling of sediment connectivity in gravel-bed river networks. Modelling framework and application to the upper Po basin

Sui XinIndex based analysis of climate change scenarios. Lake Como catchment case study

Federica BertoniExploring the water-energy nexus in the Iberian Peninsula under climate change : a deterministic optimization approach

Academic Year 2014-2015

Ahmad AlsahafProjection- vs. Selection-based Model Reduction For Emulation Modeling in Water Resources Planning and Management Problems

Ylenia CasaliUsing Canonical Correlation Analysis and Input Variable Selection to assess the effect of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies on the Red River Basin, Vietnam

Slaven ConevskiQuantifying climate change- and human behavior-related uncertainties in agricultural water management

Alessia GoffiChanges in the hydrological regime of the Red River Basin, Vietnam: the role of deforestation

Beatrice SangalliHydro-economic analysis of the adaptation to climate change in the Jucar river system

Carolina Mesa & Carolina Trimino: ENSO detection for improving long-term streamflow forecasts in Kemano water system

H.V. Pham: Using ENSO information to improve the operation of the Hoa Binh reservoir, Vietnam

Martina BotterAssessing the impact of climate change and price variability on alpine hydropower. A case study in the Swiss Alps

Federico GiudiciAdvancing reservoir operation description in physically based hydrological models

Laura BellagambaDesigning and assessing weather-based financial hedging contracts to mitigate water conflicts at the river basin scale

Andrea Moro & Luca Riva: Inferring and clustering residential water consumers’ routines by eigenbehavior modeling

Umberto Del GobboSnow water equivalent retrieval using multitemporal SAR images to inform water systems operation

Maria FaragòForcing hydrological models with precipitation estimates from in-situ stations, remote sensing and weather models

Emanuele GaiardelliDevelopment of a flexible synthetic generator of residential water consumption traces at the end-use level

Academic Year 2013-2014

Pardis Biglarbeigi: Many-objective Direct Policy Search in Dez and Karoun Multireservoir System, Iran

Alessandro Amaranto: Balancing fertilizer application and nitrate leaching in agricultural management: a multiobjective analysis

Luca Preatoni: The role of snow information in improving water management: the lake Como case study

Stefano DellacornaCoupling quality and quantity targets in the operation of a hydropower reservoir: a preliminary analysis

Pietro RichelliEffects of climate change on hydrology and hydropower systems in the Italian Alps

Cristian BrivioModelli di regolazione dei serbatoi idroelettrici alpini e impatto delle energie rinnovabili sulla gestione

Academic Year 2012-2013

Simona Denaro: Balancing hydropower production and river bed incision in operating a run-of-river hydropower scheme along the river Po

Ludovica Beltrame & Daniele Carbonin: ENSO teleconnection patterns on large scale water resources systems

Andrea Cominola & Emanuele Mason: A framework to test multiple optimality principles in landscape evolution under river dynamics

Federica Remondi: Remote sensing of Tanzania wetlands: hydrology and model calibration

Daniele Spartà: Impact of deforestation on local precipitation patterns over the Da River basin, Vietnam

Andrea FicchìA centralized real time controller for reservoirs management on the Seine river using ensemble weather forecasting

Ralitsa VassilevaAssessing dynamic emulation modelling of large environmental data

Academic Year 2011-2012

Matteo Mainardi: Coupling pre-season farmers planning and optimal water supply management to mitigate climate change impacts

Lorenzo CozziWeather models as virtual sensors to data driven rainfall predictions in urban watersheds

Federica Andressi: An Hybrid Empiric-conceptual Model for the Integrated Management of Kafue River (Zambia)

Stefania CaiettiImproved dynamic emulation modelling by time series clustering: the case study of Marina Reservoir, Singapore

Yu Li & Bui Thi Hieu: Comprehensive analysis of hydrological model with remote sensed satellites data in the Da river basin, Vietnam