Personale di Ricerca
Dirigente di ricerca
+39 075 5014418
+39 075 5014420
luca.brocca (at) irpi.cnr.it
Via della Madonna Alta, 126 06128, Perugia
INNOVATIVE METHODS FOR EXPLOITING SATELLITE OBSERVATIONS IN HYDROLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
(soil moisture, rainfall, river discharge –> flood, landslide, drought, water resources management, agriculture, …)
- SM2RAIN: rainfall estimation from soil moisture observations (FREELY AVAILABLE DATASETS, SOFTWARE, REFERENCE PAPER);
- How much water is used for irrigation? A new satellite-based approach using satellite soil moisture observations (winning idea of 2018 BayWa challenge at Copernicus Master);
- data assimilation of soil moisture observations into rainfall-runoff modelling;
- use of satellite and in situ soil moisture observations for floods and landslide prediction, erosion assessment, drought monitoring, numerical weather prediction, and rainfall estimation;
- characterization of soil moisture spatial-temporal variability for hydrological monitoring and modelling;
- ground validation of remote sensing observations of soil moisture, rainfall and discharge;
- development of hydrological and hydraulic modelling, with uncertainty;
- flooding risk analysis and flood frequency assessment, under climate change.
To support the research, an experimental activity for the monitoring of hydro-meteorological quantities is carried out.
Luca Brocca was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1978. He received the M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering and the Ph.D. degree (the Ph.D. thesis, in Italian, can be downloaded here) in Civil Engineering, both with excellence, from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Since 2003 he received a Scholarship and, successively, a Research Fellowship to carry research at the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Perugia (Italy). Since (2009) 2019 he is (Researcher) Director of Research at CNR-IRPI.
Additional information can be found in the Curriculum Vitae (updated on September 2019).
Awards and Recognitions
- 2019: “Highly Cited Researchers 2019” given by Web of Science Group, recognizing the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
- 2019: “Publons Peer Review Awards 2019” given by Publons, as one of the top 1 per cent of peer reviewers in Geosciences and Cross-Field
- 2019: “Winner (2nd place) of the competition for Director of Research at National Research Council of Italy“, August 2019
- 2019: “Winner (1st place) of the competition for Senior Researcher at National Research Council of Italy“, March 2019
- 2018: “Winner of the Copernicus Masters competition: BayWa Smart Farming Challenge” given by Copernicus Masters
- 2018: “Publons Peer Review Awards 2018” given by Publons, as one of the top 1 per cent of peer reviewers in Geosciences
- 2017: “Publons Peer Review Awards 2017” given by Publons, as one of the top 1 per cent of peer reviewers in Environmental Science
- 2017: “Florisa Melone Award” (Co-I) for the project “Monitoring extreme events (floods & droughts) through discharge time series obtained from satellite altimetry” by Camici Stefania, given by Italian Hydrology Society (IHS)
- 2017: “Best Case Study Award of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering” for the paper “Assessment of the Drought Hazard in the Tiber River Basin in Central Italy and a Comparison of New and Commonly Used Meteorological Indicators” by Maccioni, P., Moramarco, T., Kossida, M., Brocca, L.
- 2016: “The Sentinel of Science Award 2016” given by Publons, 6th place among Earth and Planetary Science
- 2016: “Best poster award IDRA” for “Potenziale dei dati satellitari per la previsione delle piene nel Fiume Benue in Nigeria“, by Tarpanelli A., Amarnath G., Brocca L., Massari C., Barbetta S. and Moramarco T. in the macro-theme “Monitoring, open-date and free software”
- 2015: “Outstanding Reviewer for Advances in Water Resources and Remote Sensing of Environment” by ELSEVIER
- 2014: “EGU Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award” (co-author), for “River discharge estimation by using remote sensing data in absence of bathymetry: the Po River case study” by Tarpanelli, A., Barbetta, S., Brocca, L., Lacava, T., Faruolo, M., Moramarco, T., given by European Geophysical Union (EGU)
- 2012: “Torricelli Award”, one of the 5 best Italian water young scientists, given by the Italian Group of Hydraulics (GII)
- 2012: “Early Career Research Excellence” award given by the international Environmental Modelling and Software society (iEMSs)
- 2011: “Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing” for Water Resources Research journal given by American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- 2010: “Best poster award IDRA” for “Stima della velocità media in canali naturali attraverso il monitoraggio della velocità massima superficiale” by Brocca, L., Corato, G, Corradini, C., Melone, F., Moramarco, T.
He actively participates, in collaboration with Italian and international institutions, as Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI to research projects funded by Space Agencies (ESA, EUMETSAT, NASA), and in the frame of Italian and European programs (LIFE+, HORIZON2020). Projects in the last 5 years:
- ESA:(1) “SMOS+rainfall“, (2) “WACMOS-MED“, (3) “Climate Change Initiative – Soil Moisture“, (4) “WACMOS-Irrigation“, (5) “RIDESAT“, and (6) “STREAM“.
- EUMETSAT: (1) “Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF)“, and (2) “GLOBAL-SM2RAIN“.
- NASA: (1) agreement between H-SAF and GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission, and (2) Early Adopter of the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active and Passive) mission.
- International projects: (1) COPERNICUS ACCELERATOR, (2) FLIRE (LIFE+), (3) DWC-Radar (FFG), and (4) SM2RAIN in EODC.
- National projects: Operational use of satellite soil moisture data for flood, landslide, drought and rainfall funded by (1) Italian National Department of Civil Protection (DPC), (2) Umbria Region Civil Protection Centre, (3) Ministry of Education, (4) University and Research (MIUR), and (5) Fondazione Cariplo.
He has held 50+ presentations at conference and workshops (22 as invited speaker), he served as chairman at EGU, ERB and PLINIUS conferences, and he participated to several seminars held by Italian and foreign professors. He serves as frequent reviewer for several (50+) international journals (see PUBLONS for details) and organisations (USDA, EUMETSAT, BELSPO, FWO, Swiss National Science Foundation, Czech Science Foundation, CRC). He is (has been) part of the Editorial Board for:
- 2019-ongoing “Journal of Hydrology” – ELSEVIER
- 2019-ongoing “Scientific Reports” – NATURE
- 2019-ongoing “Frontiers in Water” – FRONTIERS
- 2018-ongoing “Remote Sensing” – MDPI
- 2018-ongoing “Sci” – MDPI
- 2013-2017 “Geoderma” – ELSEVIER
- 2013-ongoing “Hydrology” – MDPI
He as served as Guest Editor for special issues on “Hydrology and Earth System Sciences“, “Hydrology Research“, “Vadose Zone Journal“, “Advances in Meteorology“, and “Hydrology“. He is editor of the book “Advances in Watershed Hydrology” published by Water Resources Publications.
In the period January-July 2010 he carried out an Associated Scientist activity at TU Wien and ECMWF under the H SAF project by EUMETSAT.
He has been the Italian National Correspondent of the Euromediterranean network of Experimental and Representative Basins (ERB, 2008-2018) and he is a member of the MOXXI working group of International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), the Italian Hydrological Society (IHS), the Italian Group of Hydraulics (GII), the international Environmental Modelling and Software society (iEMSs) and the European Geophysical Union (EGU).
Invited Presentations (last 5 years)
- “Operational services of satellite soil moisture products for flood, landslide, drought and precipitation“, EMS Annual Meeting 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-13 Sep 2019 (invited).
- “The missing information for hydrological modelling in agricultural areas: irrigation“, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 12 Apr 2019 (solicited).
- “Recent advances in using satellite soil moisture and precipitation for flood and landslide prediction in the Mediterranean basin“, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 8 Apr 2019 (solicited).
- “Role of Satellite Soil Moisture and Precipitation for Hydrometeorological Hazard Prediction in the Mediterranean Region“, MED 2018 ESA Consultation Meeting for the Mediterranean, Frascati, Italy, 11 Dec 2018 (invited).
- “Rainfall estimation from soil moisture observations, SM2RAIN: recent advances and future directions“, EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 11 Apr 2018 (solicited).
- “How much water is used for irrigation? A new approach exploiting satellite soil moisture observations“, EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 10 Apr 2018 (solicited).
- “Monitoring soil moisture for operational applications” and “Operational use of in situ and satellite soil moisture observations for improving hydrological applications“, International Training Course on Climate Services for disaster prevention, Firenze, Italy, 27 Nov 2017 (invited).
- “Global scale rainfall product from ASCAT soil moisture data (via SM2RAIN) and its applications in Hydrology (flood, landslides)“, seminar at EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany, 29 May 2017 (invited).
- “Use of SMAP for rainfall estimation and flood modeling: lesson learned and future directions“, The 4th NASA SMAP Applications Workshop and Tutorial, Austin, Texas, 5 Apr 2016 (invited).
- “Innovative methods for improving hydrological predictions“, Hydrological and Erosion processes in Mediterranean Landscapes: Impacts of land management on connectivity, Palermo, Italy, 1 Mar 2016 (invited).
- “Use of ESA CCI soil moisture product for hydrological applications”, ISSI International Team Meeting” Adding value to soil moisture information for climate studies”, Bern, Switzerland, 9-11 November 2015 (invited).
- “Soil moisture: a key variable for linking small scale catchment hydrology to global scale applications“, 50th anniversary symposium “State of the art measurements of catchment-scale hydrological processes”, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 10 September 2015 (invited).
- “New information content from soil moisture data: rainfall estimation and flood modelling“, The 2015 Workshop at MOISST: The Dawn of the Soil Moisture Information Age?, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 2 June 2015 (invited).