Dr. Gabriele Baroni

Subsurface hydrology Group
Department Computational Hydrosystems
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Email       gabriele.baroni@ufz.de
Address   Permoserstraße 15
City          04318 Leipzig, Germany
Phone     +49 341 235 1250
Fax          +49 341 235 1939



Research topics

  • Hydrological models and scaling effects
  • Soil moisture and local controls
  • Cosmic-Ray neutron sensing
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Data assimilation
  • Agricultural water management and irrigation systems

Education and professional experiences

since 2014     Postdoctoral researcher
                      Department Computational Hydrosystems
                      Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
                      Leipzig (Germany)

                      & Guest at University of Potsdam (Germany)

2010 - 2014   Postdoctoral researcher/Lecturer
                      Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences
                      University of Potsdam (Germany)

2007 - 2010  Scientific collaborations
                      Department of Agricultural Engineering
                      University of Milan (Italy)

2004- 2007    Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering
                      University of Milan (Italy)

1999 - 2004   Diploma in Environmental Sciences
                      University of Milan (Italy)


Under review

  • Schrön, M., Köhli, M., Scheiffele, L., Iwema, J., Bogena, H.R., Lv, L., Martini, E., Baroni, G., Rosolem, R., Weimar, J., Mai, J., Cuntz, M., Rebmann, C., Oswald, S.E., Dietrich, P., Schmidt, U., Zacharias, S., 2017. Improving Calibration and Validation of Cosmic-Ray Neutron Sensors in the Light of Spatial Sensitivity – Theory and Evidence. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. 2017, 1–30. doi:10.5194/hess-2017-148

ISI Peer-reviewed

  • Baroni, G., Zink, M., Kumar, R., Samaniego, L., Attinger, S., 2017. Effects of uncertainty in soil properties on simulated hydrological states and fluxes at different spatio-temporal scales. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21, 2301–2320. doi:10.5194/hess-21-2301-2017. Link
  • Schattan, P., Baroni, G., Oswald, S.E., Schöber, J., Fey, C., Kormann, C., Huttenlau, M., Achleitner, S., 2017. Continuous monitoring of snowpack dynamics in alpine terrain by above‐ground neutron sensing. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2016WR020234. Link
  • Ghasemizade, M., Baroni, G., Abbaspour, K., Schirmer, M., 2017. Combined analysis of time-varying sensitivity and identifiability indices to diagnose the response of a complex environmental model. Environmental Modelling & Software 88, 22–34. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.10.011. Link
  • Baroni, G., Oswald, S.E., 2015. A scaling approach for the assessment of biomass changes and rainfall interception using cosmic-ray neutron sensing. Journal of Hydrology 525, 264–276. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.03.053. Link
  • Rivera Villarreyes, C. A., G. Baroni, and S. E. Oswald, 2014. Inverse Modelling of Cosmic-Ray Soil Moisture for Field-Scale Soil Hydraulic Parameters. European Journal of Soil Science. doi:10.1111/ejss.12162. Link
  • Baroni, G., Tarantola, S., 2014. A General Probabilistic Framework for uncertainty and global sensitivity analysis of deterministic models: A hydrological case study. Environmental Modelling & Software (2014), 51, 26–34. DOI: org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.09.022. Link
  • Baroni, G., Ortuani, B., Facchi, A., Gandolfi, C., 2013. The role of vegetation and soil properties on the spatio-temporal variability of the surface soil moisture in a maize-cropped field. Journal of Hydrology, 489, 148-159. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.03.007. Link
  • Rivera Villarreyes, C.A., Baroni, G., Oswald, S.E., 2011. Integral quantification of seasonal soil moisture changes in farmland by cosmic-ray neutrons. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 3843–3859. DOI: 10.5194/hess-15-3843-2011. Link
  • Baroni, G., Facchi, A., Gandolfi, C., Ortuani, B., Horeschi, D., van Dam, J.C., 2010. Uncertainty in the determination of soil hydraulic parameters and its influence on the performance of two hydrological models of different complexity. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14, 251–270. DOI: 10.5194/hess-14-251-2010. Link
Conference: oral presentations and posters (60, not listed)

Teaching experiences and supervising


Since 2014

2010 - 2014

2007 - 2010

Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Agricultural hydrology and irrigation systems (Master)
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis (Master)

Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Water and solute transport in porous media (Master)
  • Agricultural hydrology and irrigation systems (Master)
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis (Master)
  • Local climatology and field methods (Bachelor)
  • Geographical information system GIS (Bachelor)

Faculty of Agricultural sciences, University of Milan, Italy

  • Teaching assistant, Hydrology II (Mater)
  • Teaching assistant, Hydrology I (Bachelor)


  1. Master thesis of Anna-Ulrike Lichtenfeld: Assessment of modelling tools for supporting irrigation scheduling in crop production in Germany. University of Potsdam, Germany, 2017.
  2. Master thesis of C.Budach: Identification of Drought Stress of Forest Trees using the Leaf Turgor Pressure. University of Potsdam, Germany, 2016.
  3. Master thesis of L.M.Scheiffele: Assessment of soil moisture dynamics on an irrigated maize field using cosmic ray neutron sensing. University of Potsdam, Germany, 2015.
  4. Master thesis of K.Mross: Estimation of the soil water balance by the combination of Cosmic ray neutron sensing and Eddy Covariance technique in an irrigated citrus orchard in the Tensift-Haouz basin (Morocco). University of Potsdam, Germany, 2014.
  5. Diploma thesis of C.M.Schweipert: Assessment of the irrigation practice in the Autlan valley (Jalisco, Mexico), University of Potsdam, Germany, 2012.
  6. Bachelor thesis of L.Ienco: Measurements of the soil moisture in the field and in laboratory, Faculty of Agriculture sciences, Milan, Italy, 2009; (in Italian).
  7. Bachelor thesis of P.Mulotto: Comparison of methods for the measurements of the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil. Faculty of Agriculture sciences, Milan, Italy, 2008; (in Italian).
  8. Bachelor thesis of J.Seghezzi: Qualification of rivers in natural habitat: the case of Quisa river (Bergamo), Faculty of Agriculture sciences, Milan, Italy, 2005; (in Italian).