Stefano

    Stefano Basso

       Department of Catchment Hydrology

         Tel: +49 3455585418
         stefano.basso@ufz.de

About me

My research deals with the hydrological conceptualization in data scarce regions , with a special focus on water-scarce semi-arid or arid catchments in the Mediterranean area (What have I been hired for?).

I also study the role of streamflow variability as driver of natural and industrial processes, as floods' occurrence, sediment transport within river catchments and production of energy by means of hydropower plants.

The final goal of my work is the development of robust analytic tools for engineering firms and public authorities dealing with the characterization of natural processes.


News


Master thesis available

Climatic and landscape controls on the occurrence of extreme floods. More

Interested or want to know more? Write me a mail!


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.

Potential of river catchments for extreme floods
Nanomodels for river ecology
Cultural landscapes for water management
Sumra

   Sumra Mushtaq

    Doctoral Researcher

    Streamflow assessment in High-Mountain Asia

Andrea

   Andrea Domin

    Master student

    A mechanistic-stochastic approach to study

    controls of step changes in river catchments

Former

Lisa Hennig

Master thesis:

Climatic and landscape controls on flood-frequency curves of rivers

Mayra Daniela Peña Guerrero

Internship:

Assessment of suspended sediment transport in ungauged catchments

Zohreh Ghazanchaei

Master thesis:

Use of remotely sensed soil moisture to assess river flooding hazard

An initiative to promote transfer to practice of novel hydrologic tools and research findings concerning assessment, exploitation and preservation of water resources in data scarce regions.


  • CATCH Watershed Solutions is selected for the Investment Promotion Roadshow organized by Swiss Business Hub Brazil - General Consulate of Switzerland in São Paulo.

  • 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


  • Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat) Network

I am the national representative for Germany and Italy of the Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat) Network.


  • Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act

I am one of the speakers at the Podium discussion on "Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act", held at the International final conference of the Recharge.Green Project, Sonthofen, Germany, 2015.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Reports

  • 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).

Reviewing activities

  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Water Resources Research
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Advances in Water Resources
  • Hydrological Processes
  • Landscape and Urban Planning
May 2017 - Present
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, Researcher.

My work deals with the hydrological conceptualization in data scarce regions, with a special focus on water-scarce semi-arid or arid catchments in the Circum-Mediterranean region.

Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
CATCH Watershed Solutions, Switzerland, Promoter.

I promote the transfer to practice of novel hydrological tools and research findings concerning assessment, exploitation and preservation of water resources in data scarce regions.

Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Duke University, USA, Visiting Research Scholar.

I investigated climatic and landscape controls on suspended sediment transport in river catchments.

Sept 2012 - Aug 2016
EAWAG - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland, Doctoral Researcher.

I studied the role of river flow regimes as drivers of natural and industrial processes, such as sediment transport, hydropower production and flooding. My research aimed to identify key components of hydrological processes and to develop robust analytic tools allowing for a quantitative characterization of streamflow-driven phenomena.

Nov 2009 - Aug 2012
University of Padova and International Center for Hydrology Dino Tonini, Italy, Research Assistant.

I conducted several research and expert consulting projects in the field of hydrology and hydrological modeling, concerning flood alert, water resources assessment and management, snow dynamics, impact of climate change on water availability, hydropower, anthropogenic alteration of hydrologic regimes.

Sept 2008 - Sept 2009
Collegio Salesiano Astori and Oratorio Don Bosco, Italy, Social Worker.

My work focused on the design and implementation of initiatives to contrast and prevent misery of youth in the Venice metropolitan area, and included the coordination of employees and volunteers’ activities for a youth care association in the same region.

Jan 2006 - Jun 2006
Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Italy, Research Assistant.

I participated in a European project concerning the restoration of disused industrial and mining landscapes.

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