Most relevant research achievements
Design of bioenergy plant networks
Advancing the current state-of-the-art in the field, the problem of optimally designing a network of biomass transformation plants has been solved at regional level, not only determining the optimal size and location of plants but also selecting the best energy crops to be cultivated.
The solution allowed to quantitatively evaluate the impact of such activities also in term of GHG emission reduction.
Modeling the dynamics of waterborne diseases
Spatiotemporal dynamics of cholera and development of innovative modelling for the spread of the disease along hydrological and human mobility networks.
Application to the case studies of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) and the ongoing epidemics in Haiti. For the latter case, analysis of the effect of different intervention policies.
Alien species dynamics
Spatiotemporal models for the spread of the zebra mussel, a freshwater bivalve, alien to water bodies of North America and western Europe. Description of the hydrological network and the long-distance dispersal via ballast water due to commercial and recreational boating. The models have been applied to forecasting the spread in the Arno river (Italy) and to reconstruct the invasion of Mississippi-Missouri river system (damages of billions of dollars in the past decades).
Definition of the Participatory and Integrated Planning (PIP) procedure
The procedure, designed for the implementation of the Water Frame Directive of EU, has been presented in some papers and one book. It was used to solve various problems among which the long standing conflict between Switzerland and Italy for the management of Lake Maggiore water. Presently, it is applied in an Interreg Project on Ceresio and in a Cooperation Project (IMRR) in Northern VietNam.