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Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo B
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Proposals for thesis
1) Study Area: Calbuco
Aims: changes in Connectivity Index pre-post volcanic eruption, source area characterization by historical aerial photos
Methodology: CI application, photo, DEM and field characterization of hillslopes
Where: To be done in Chile
Project connection(s): FONDECYT and CHILE-ITA

2) Study Area: Calbuco
Aims: Large Wood budget
Methodology: UAV, DEM and field measurements if necessary on budget/dynamics
Where: To be done in Chile
Project connection(s): FONDECYT and CHILE-ITA

3) Study Area: Chaiten/Piave/New Zealand
Aims: LW detection from UAV survey
Methodology: UAV/DEM/GIS application based on remote sensing data
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): NZ-ITA and CHILE-ITA

4) Study Area: Sperimental basins Chile
Aims: IC vs isotopes and evaluation of the effect of forestry roads
Methodology: IC/DEM/GIS/isotopes data
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): FONDECYT

5) Study Area: Sperimental basins Chile
Aims: IC + sediment transport + long term changes
Methodology: IC/DEM/GIS/sed transport
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): FONDECYT

6) Study Area: Vuelta de Zorra: sediment transport, DEM from TLS survey, application from HEC-RAS
Aims: sediment transport thresholds
Methodology: DEM/HEC RAS/GIS
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): FONDECYT

7) Study Area: Vuelta de Zorra:
Aims: IC and organic matter
Methodology: IC + GIS + organic matter data + forest cover changes by aerial photo + rain data and season changes
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): FONDECYT

8) Study Area: Cordon
Aims: source areas thickness, IC from semi-quantitative to almost quantitative
Methodology: GPR over source area and
Where: Italy, June 2019
Project connection(s): DOR

9) Study Area: Cordon
Aims: GPR + main channel + step-pool structure
Methodology: GPR over channel network
Where: Italy, June 2019
Project connection(s): DOR

10) Study Area: Chaiten, Calbuco, Tagliamento, Piave
Aims: DoD anthropogenic Vs natural disaster
Methodology: TLS-LiDAR-DoD-GIS
Where: To be done everywhere depending on MSc student ability
Project connection(s): Chile_ITA

11) Laboratory (Chile)
LW front formation in wood laden flows. Experimental investigation on how wood laden flows can form in channels characterized by a convex long profile and a narrowing flow section. Discussion about risk related aspects.
To be done in Chile laboratories (Valdivia)

12) Laboratory (Chile)
Unrawelling the memory of rivers on an experimental alluvial fan. Experimental investigation on how equal sequences of events in terms of released total volume result in different depositional patterns on the alluvial fan surface. Implications for risk management.
To be done in Chile laboratories (Valdivia)

13) Laboratory (Chile)
The Chilean build environment subjected to paroxysmal floods. A phenomenological study
To be done in Chile laboratories (Valdivia)

Curriculum Vitae

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 2EEF655881F0FBC7E7C16F20FACBF5AD.pdf

Research areas
- Geomorphology;
- Morphological change;
- High resolution topography;
- Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS);
- Airborne LiDAR technology;
- Aerial photogrammetry;
- High resolution digital models (DEM, DTM, DSM, CHM, DoD);
- GIS analysis;
- Fluvial geomorphology;
- Sediment Transport;
- Sediment Management;
- Large Wood dynamics and characteristics;
- Fluvial Island dynamics and characteristics;
- Riparian vegetation;
- Gravel bed rivers;
- River restoration;
- Mountain and piedmont streams and basins;
- Human impact.

Tonon A., Picco L., Rainato R., 2018. Test of methodology for developing a large wood budget: A 1-year example from a regulated gravel bed river following ordinary floods. Catena 165, 115-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.01.035.

Rainato R., Picco L., Cavalli M., Mao L., Neverman A.J., Tarolli P., 2018. Connecting climate conditions, sediment sources and sediment transport in an alpine basin. Land Degradation and Development 29(4), 1154-1166, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2813.
Rainato R., Mao L., Picco L., 2018. Near-bankfull floods in an Alpine stream: effects on the sediment mobility and bedload magnitude. International Journal of Sediment Research 33, 27-34. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsrc.2017.03.006.

Picco L., Comiti F., Mao L., Tonon A., Lenzi M.A., 2017. Medium and short term riparian vegetation, island and channel evolution in response to human pressure in a regulated gravel bed river (Piave River, Italy). Catena 149, 760-769. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2016.04.005.

Picco L., Bertoldi W., Comiti F., 2017. Dynamics and ecology of wood in world rivers. Geomorphology 279, 1-2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.11.20.

Iroumé A., Ruiz-Villanueva V., Picco L., 2017. Breakdown of instream wood in low order forested streams of the Southern Cjilean mountain ranges. Forest Ecology and Management 401, 17-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.058.

Tonon A., Iroumé A., Picco L., Oss-Cazzador D., Lenzi M.A., 2017. Temporal variations of large wood abundance and mobility in the Blanco River affected by the Chaitén volcanic eruption, southern Chile. Catena 156, 149-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2017.03.025.

Rainato R., Mao L., Garcia-Rama A., Picco L., Cesca M., Vianello A., Preciso E., Scussel G.R., Lenzi M.A., 2017. Three decades of monitoring in the Rio Cordon instrumented basin: sediment budget and temporal trend of sediment yield. Geomorphology 291, 45-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.03.012.

Mao L., Picco L., Lenzi M.A., Surian N., 2017. Bed material transport estimate in large gravel-bed rivers using the virtual velocity approach. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 42, 595-611. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4000.
Picco L., Sitzia T., Mao L., Comiti F. and Lenzi M.A., 2016. Linking riparian forest structure and fluvio-morphological characteristics in a gravel-bed river (Piave river-Italian alps). Ecohydrology 9, 101-112. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1616.

Picco L., Oss-Cazzador D., Rainato R., 2016. Localized geomorphic effects attributable to the presence of in-channel wood along two Italian gravel-bed rivers: preliminary results. In: River Flow 2016 – Constantinescu, Garcia & Hanes (Eds), Taylor and Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-1-138-02913-2, 2315-2319.

Ulloa H., Iroumé A., Picco L., Mohr C.H., Mazzorana B., Lenzi M.A., Mao L., 2016. Spatial analysis of the impacts of the Chaitén volcano eruption (Chile) in three fluvial systems. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 69, 213-225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2016.04.008.

Picco L., Tonon A., Rainato R., Lenzi M.A., 2016. Bank erosion and large wood recruitment along a gravel bed river. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, XLVII: 488, 72-81. DOI: 10.4081/jae.2016.488.

Sitzia T., Picco L., Ravazzolo D., Comiti F., Mao L., Lenzi M.A., 2016. Relationships between woody vegetation and geomorphological patterns in three gravel-bed rivers with different intensities of anthropogenic disturbance. Advances in Water Resources 93, 193-204.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
No course unit for this A.Y.