Francesco FACCINI

Research personnel
Research associate
faccini (at)
Strada delle Cacce, 73 10165, Torino

Turconi L., Luino F., Gussoni M., Faccini F., Giardino M., Casazza M. (2019) - Intrinsic Environmental Vulnerability as Shallow Landslide Susceptibility in Environmental Impact Assessment. Sustainability, 11, 6285. doi:10.3390/su11226285

Brandolini P., Cappadonia C., Luberti G.M., Donadio C., Stamatopoulos L., Di Maggio C., Faccini F., Stanislao C., Vergari F., Paliaga G., Agnesi V., Alevizos G., Del Monte M. (2019) - Geomorphology of the Anthropocene in Mediterranean urban areas. Progress in Physical Geography 1–34. DOI: 10.1177/0309133319881108

Coratza P., Vandelli V., Fiorentini L., Paliaga G., Faccini F. (2019) - Bridging Terrestrial and Marine Geoheritage: Assessing Geosites in Portofino Natural Park (Italy). Water, 11, 2112

Piana P., Faccini F., Luino F., Paliaga G., Sacchini A., Watkins C. (2019) - Geomorphological Landscape Research and Flood Management in a Heavily Modified Tyrrhenian Catchment. Sustainability, 11, 4594

Paliaga G., Donadio C., Bernardi M., Faccini F. (2019) - High-Resolution Lightning Detection and Possible Relationship with Rainfall Events over the Central Mediterranean Area. Remote Sens., 11, 1601.

Roccati A., Faccini F., Luino F., Ciampalini A., Turconi L. (2019) - Heavy Rainfall Triggering Shallow Landslides: A Susceptibility Assessment by a GIS-Approach in a Ligurian Apennine Catchment (Italy). Water, 11 (3), 605.

Luino, F., Paliaga, G., Roccati, A., Sacchini, A., Turconi, L. & Faccini, F. (2019). Anthropogenic changes in the alluvial plains of the Tyrrhenian Ligurian basin. Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., 48, 10-16. doi: 10.3301/ROL.2019.31

Roccati A., Faccini F., Luino F., De GRaff J., Turconi L. (2019) - Morphological changes and human impact in the Entella River floodplain (Norhern Italy) from 17th Century. Catena, 182, 104-122.

Acquaotta F., Faccini F., Fratianni S., Paliaga G., Sacchini A., Vilìmek V. (2019) – Increased flash flooding in Genoa Metropolitan Area: a combination of climate changes and soil consumption? Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 131(4), 1099-1110.

Paliaga G., Faccini F., Luino F., Turconi L., Bobrowsky P. (2019) - Geomorphic processes and risk related to a large landslide dam in a highly urbanized Mediterranean catchment (Genova, Italy). Geomorphology, 327, 48-61. j.geomorph.2018.10.020

Paliaga G., Faccini F., Luino F., Turconi L. (2019) - A spatial multicriteria prioritizing approach for geohydrological risk mitigation planning in small and densely urbanized Mediterranean basins, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci, 19, 53-69.

Paliaga G., Luino F., Turconi L., Faccini F. (2018) – Geo-hydrological hazard in Genoa Municipality. Journal of Maps,

Paliaga G, Faccini F., Luino F., Turconi L., Bobrowsky P. (2018) - Geomorphic processes and risk related to a large landslide dam in a highly urbanized Mediterranean catchment (Genova, Italy). Geomorphology, 327, 48-61. j.geomorph.2018.10.020

Roccati A., Luino F., Turconi L., Piana P., Watkins C., Faccini F. (2018) - Historical geomorphological research of a Ligurian coastal floodplain (Italy) and its value for management of flood risk and environmental sustainability. Sustainibility, 10, 3727.

Brandolini P., Faccini F., Paliaga G., Piana P. (2018) -Man-Made landforms survey and mapping of an urban historical centre in a coastal Mediterranean environment. Geogr. Fis. Din. Quat., 41, 97-102. doi  10.4461/ GFDQ 2017.41.2

Roccati A., Faccini F., Luino F., Turconi L., Guzzetti F. (2018) - Rainfall events with shallow landslides in the Entella catchment (Liguria, Northern Italy), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci, 18, 2367-2386. doi 10.5194/nhess-18-2367-2018

Sacchini A., Imbrogio Ponaro M., Paliaga G., Piana P., Faccini F., Coratza P. (2018) - Geological Landscape and Stone Heritage of the Genoa Walls Urban Park and surrounding area (Italy), Journal of Maps, 14(2), 528-541. doi 201810.1080/17445647.2018.1508378

Faccini F., Luino F., Paliaga G., Sacchini A., Turconi L., de Jong C. (2018)- Role of rainfall intensity and urban sprawl in the 2014 flash flood in Genoa City, Bisagno catchment (Liguria, Italy), Applied Geography, 98, 224-241.

Luino F., Belloni A., Turconi L., Faccini F., Mantovani A., Fassi P., Marincioni F., Caldiroli G. (2018) - An historical geomorphological approach to flood hazard management along the shores of an alpine lake (Northern Italy), Natural Hazard, 1-18.

Faccini F., Paliaga G., Piana P., Gabellani, Angelini S., Coratza P. (2018) – The Geoheritage map of the Portofino Natural Park (Italy) as a tool for the management of a highly frequented protected area. Journal of Maps, 14 (2), 87-96. doi 10.1080/17445647.2018.1433561

Acquaotta F., Faccini F., Fratianni S., Paliaga G., Sacchini A. (2018) – Rainfall intensity in the Genoa Metropolitan Area (Northern Mediterranean): secular variations and consequences. Weather, DOI: 10.1002/wea.3208

Luino F., Turconi L., Paliaga G., Faccini F., Marincioni F. (2018) – Torrential Floods in the Upper Soana Valley (NW Italian Alps): Geomorphological Processes and Risk-Reduction Strategies. Int. Journ. of Dis. Risk Reduct., 27, 343-354.

The research interest are focused mainly on geo-hydrological hazards in urban and peri-urban areas, from their identification to management and risk  reduction measurements, and on applied geomorphological mapping, especially addressed to urban and land planning. In this tasks he adopted a multi-disciplinary approach for a comprehensive reading of cultural landscape through historical, recent and present-day maps comparison, mainly aimed to man made landforms identification and mapping. Other research interests are related to landslides and deep-seated gravitational slope deformations, geomorphology and hydrogeology in karstic areas and geological heritage identification and mapping.

He took part in several research projects, international, national and from University, and he has been scientific advisor of several research contracts having always object of engineering and environmental geology and geomorphology.


Francesco Faccini (Rapallo, 1968) is an applied geomorphologist with an educational background in engineering geology and physical geography. He obtained two Master degrees summa cum laude at University of Genoa in Geological Science (1991) and in Geography (1998). Both the master thesis got an award for scientific interest in natural protected areas. In 1993 he attended the 2nd level specialisation degree in “Environmental engineering”  at the School of Management and Organization Company in Genoa. He worked as geologist consultant for 15 years, and he got significant experience in the field of engineering and environmental geology, geomorphology applied to land and city planning. Since 2005 he’s a Senior Lecturer of Physical Geography and Geomorphology at the University of Genoa.

From 2012 to nowadays he’s a member of the Community Park and board member of the Regional Natural Park of Portofino, and from 2013 to 2017 he’s a board member of the Ligurian Regional list of Geologists.

He’s registered at Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGeo), at Italian Association of Engineering and Environmental Geology (AIGA) and Italian Society of Environmental Geology (SIGEA).

Teaching summary

In 2020/21 academic year is the holder of Geomorphological Survey and mapping teaching in the Bachelor Degree in Earth Sciences and Geo-Hydrological hazard teaching in the Master course of Geological Sciences. Before he held the teachings: Geotechnic and Geomechanic elements, Basics of Geomorphology, Environmental Geology, Applied Cartography, Geomorphology applied to land planning, Engineering Geology, Applied Hydrogeology and Applied Geomorphology in the degree programs of Geological Sciences, Geography and Natural Science.