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Structure Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Telephone 0498274074
Qualification Ricercatore universitario confermato
Scientific sector M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY
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Office hours
Second Floor, Wollemborg Palace (Geography Section - DiSSGeA) Si prega di richiedere un appuntamento via email all'indirizzo: silvia.piovan@unipd.it
(updated on 24/03/2018 18:27)

Proposals for thesis
Used approaches:

- Geo-historical
- Cartographical
- Geomorphological
- GIS-based


- Wetlands in the alluvial plains
- Cultural tourism and landmarks related to the hydrographical evolution
- Military geography related to wetlands and rivers
- Historical cartography

Geographical areas:

- Venetian plain
- South Carolina (USA)

Curriculum Vitae

Graduated cum laude in 2004 in Geological Sciences at the University of Padova, Dr. Piovan took the PhD in 2008 in “Man and Environment” at the University of Padova with the dissertation “Palaeohydrography of Southern Venetian Plain and Man-Environmental Relationship in the Holocene”.

She became Researcher in Geography (2010) within the Department of Historical Geographical and Antiquity Sciences (DiSSGeA), University of Padova (2011).

Dr. Piovan has been Visiting Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in 2018, 2017, 2016 (funded by the South Carolina Department of Transportation) and in 2015 (funded by Ca.Ri.Pa.Ro. Italian foundation).

She is Aggregate Professor in "GIS for Local Development" for the master’s degree program in Local Development. She is also instructor in "Cartography and GIS" for the bachelor’s degree program in History and in “History of Cartography and Use of Historical Maps in Geohistorical Reconstructions” for the Second Level Master Degree in GIScience and Unmanned System for the integrated management of the territory and the natural resources.

Her main research interests are geo-historical evolution in man-environmental relationship in alluvial plains; historical cartography and GIScience; palaeogeographical reconstruction; stratigraphical architecture and geomorphology of the alluvial plains.

She recently collaborated as visiting professor to the project “Assessing the Impacts of the October 2015 Meteorological Event on the Topography and Road Network of the McCrady Training Center” funded by South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG). She also collaborated on the “Wetland Mitigation Needs Forecasting Model project” funded by SCDOT, USA. She has been on the research team for PRAT (Progetto di Ateneo) “Ecosystem Services in the low plain of the Adige and Bacchiglione rivers from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age” (2015-2017).

Dr. Piovan presents her research at international conferences (the last one: Association of American Geographer Annual Meeting, April, 2017) and publishes in international journals. She has authored numerous book chapters on fluvial issues of the Veneto region. She coordinated the Erasmus IP “European Seminar on the Geography of Water” for the University of Padova since 2010 and was Chief of the scientific and organizing committee for the of the “17th Erasmus IP European Seminar on Geography of Water” (2014).

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 269C78CA72A934176FDD9A488F4BB382.pdf

Research areas
- Geo-historical evolution in the man-environmental relationship in the alluvial plains
- Historical cartography and geographic information sciences
- Palaeogeographical and palaeohydrographical reconstruction
- Stratigraphical architecture and geomorphology of the alluvial plains

More recent 15 publications:

MOZZI P., PIOVAN S., CORRÒ E. (submitted). Long-Term drivers and impacts of abrupt river changes in managed lowlands of the Adige River and northern Po Delta. Quaternary International.

PIOVAN S.E., MAUGERI E., LUCONI S., HODGSON M.E. (accepted). I percorsi delle armate del Generale Sherman attraverso le aree umide del South Carolina. Bollettino dell’Associazione Italiana di Cartografia.

LARCHER V., PIOVAN S.E. (accepted). Border Regions Maps as Nationalistic Propaganda Workshops in School Historical Atlases: the Case of South Tyrol. Rivista Geografia Italiana.

LARCHER V., PIOVAN S. (in press). The Use of Colors in Historical Atlases. Cartographica.

XU H., HODGSON M.E., PIOVAN S.E., TUFFORD D.L. (2017). The potential of using LiDAR and color-infrared aerial imagery for palustrine wetland typology and change. GIScience & Remote Sensing. DOI: 10.1080/15481603.2017.1412145

MOZZI P., FERRARESE F., ZANGRANDO D., PIOVAN S., MARIOLINA G., VIGONI A., SAINATI C., FONTANA A., NINFO A., ROSSATO S., VERONESE F. (2017). Modeling of Archaeological and Geomorphic Surfaces in a Multi-Stratified Urban Site in Padua, Italy. Geoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21641

PIOVAN S.E., HODGSON M.E. (2016). How Many Carolina bays? An analysis of Carolina bays from USGS topographic maps at different scales. Cartography and Geographical Information Science. DOI:10.1080/15230406.2016.1162670

HODGSON M.E., DAVIS B.A., ACCARDO D., XU H., BEIDEL K., PIOVAN S.E. (2015). Application of Mobile Data Capture with Imagery Support, Time Sensitive Remote Sensing. In Lippitt C. and Stow D. (eds.) Time-Sensitive Remote Sensing. Springer-Verlag, 55-75.

HORRMANN B., PIOVAN S., VERGARA M. N. (2015). Die Lagune von Venedig – Veränderungen von Landschaften und deren historische Ursachen. In Barnikel F. & Vetter M. (eds.) Dierke. Ressource Wasser. Methoden und Aufgaben. Westermann, Braunschweig, pp. 70-75.

PIOVAN S. (2014). Bonifiche, alluvioni e lavori sui fiumi. In Selmin F. (ed.) Atlante Storico della Bassa padovana. Il primo Novecento. Cierre Grafica, Verona, pp. 17-33.

PIOVAN S. (2014). L’Adige nella seconda guerra mondiale. In Selmin F. (ed.) Atlante Storico della Bassa padovana. Il primo Novecento. Cierre Grafica, Verona, pp. 221-230.

PIOVAN S., SELMIN F. (2014). Nella Grande Guerra. In Selmin F. (ed.) Atlante Storico della Bassa padovana. Il primo Novecento. Cierre Grafica, Verona, pp. 109-126.

HODGSON M.E., DAVIS B.A., ACCARDO D., XU H., BEIDEL K., PIOVAN S.E. (2014). A Real-Time Mobile Image Analysis Tool (MIAT) for Field and Command Staff during the Emergency Response Phase. In: Bandrova T., Milan Konecny M. (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Cartographic and GIS Conference, Riviera (Bulgaria) June 15-20, 2014, pp. 110-118.

PIOVAN S., FAGGI P. (2014). The tradition of the European Seminar on Geography of Water in Padova: Experience in research and training. In Roose A. (ed.) Progress in water geography – Pan-European discourses, methods and practices of spatial water research. Publicationes Instituti Geographici Universitatis Tartuensis 110, Tartu Ulikool, pp. 15-20.

PIOVAN S.E. (2014). Anguillara e la Bassa padovana, l’assetto geomorfologico ed idraulico del territorio. In: Franceschi S. & Lazzari A. (eds.) I cippi di confine della Veneranda Arca del Santo di Anguillara Veneta. Atti delle giornate di studio, Anguillara Veneta 10-11 Ottobre 2013. Alberto Brigo Editore, Rovigo, pp. 17-20.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): 269C78CA72A934176FDD9A488F4BB382.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2017/18
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16
Current A.Y. 2017/18
9 3rd Year First
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
Current A.Y. 2017/18
6 1st Year First
Details for students enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16
Current A.Y. 2017/18
9 3rd Year First