We develop new methods to characterize water resources, environmental processes and hydrogeological hazards in data scarce systems. We also investigate the potential of cultural landscape restoration for water management and hazard mitigation, and the role of hydrological variability as driver of natural and industrial phenomena, such as floods, fluxes of particulate matters in river basins and the production of energy by means of hydropower plants.
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hydroclimatic data analysis
construction of databases from landscape, hydrological and historical information
data mining and machine learning
Effects of Small Hydropower Systems on Riverine Ecosystems
2020 Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues
The topic we proposed (Effects of Small Hydropower Systems on Riverine Ecosystems) has been selected as one of the fifteen most important issues for environmental conservation by the 2020 Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues.
The Horizon Scan began in 2008 and aims to identify emerging topics that are not yet widely known or understood in the conservation community but that could have substantial effects on biological diversity at a large scale in the medium to long term. The goal is to focus attention and stimulate debate about these subjects, potentially leading to new research foci, policy developments, or business innovations.
Master thesis (Technical University of Braunschweig):
Climatic and landscape controls on flood-frequency curves of rivers
Mayra Daniela Peña Guerrero
Internship (Technical University of Cologne):
Assessment of suspended sediment transport in ungauged catchments
Master thesis (University of Stuttgart):
Use of remotely sensed soil moisture to assess river flooding hazard
Master thesis (Technical University of Dresden):
A mechanistic-stochastic approach to study controls of step changes in river catchments
I was supervised by Dr. Stefano Basso during my master thesis at the University of Padova. He is probably the best supervisor a student may ask for. Stefano was extremely accomodating. He patiently helped me and transmitted his strong passion and curiosity about water resources management.
(Gianluca Lazzaro, Water Resources Consultant at i4, Italy)
I enjoyed working with Stefano during my bachelor project. From the beginning he revealed to be a dedicated supervisor, able to effectively communicate the optimal working methods and right critical approach for results even for complex topics. The collaboration was definitely a positive, pleasant and enlightening experience.(Riccardo Sprocati, Doctoral Researcher at the Technical University of Denmark)
Stefano is a dedicated person who stands out for his leadership, ability to quickly identify challenges, set clear and practical goals, and maintain the interest of students in their learning process. I deeply admire the commitment with which he assumes the projects of each one of his students. It has been wonderful and enriching to have him as my supervisor!
(Daniela Peña Guerrero, Doctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies - IAMO, Germany)
Propensity of rivers to extreme floods: climate-landscape controls and early detection (PREDICTED)
DFG project 421396820 (2019-2022)
Nature-based Solutions for a Water Secure Mediterranean
My project titled Water harvesting and management via cultural landscapes: enhancing scientific understanding to tackle water scarcity won the contest "Nature-based Solutions for a Water Secure Mediterranean", organized by the Center for Mediterranean Integration, Egypt, 2018.
Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act
Panelist at the Podium discussion "Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act", held at the International final conference of the EU Alpine Space Recharge.Green Project, Sonthofen, Germany, 2015.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- Basso, S. (2016), Switzerland, in World Small Hydropower Development Report 2016, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Center on Small Hydro Power.
- Marani, M., S. Basso, F. Zambon, and G. Botter (2010), Mathematical model of the Brenta river catchment (Veneto, Italy) - Hydrological model, Environmental Protection Agency of the Veneto Region (in Italian).
Invited conference talks
Basso, S., G. Lazzaro, M. Schirmer, and G. Botter (2014), Hydro-economic performances of streamflow withdrawal strategies: the case of small run-of.-river power plants, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
- Geophysical Research Letters
- Water Resources Research
- Journal of Hydrology
- Advances in Water Resources
- Hydrological Processes
- Landscape and Urban Planning