Dipartimento di Ingegneria civile, ambientale ed architettura, Università di Cagliari (UNICA) – ITALY


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture is the polytechnic expression of the University of Cagliari. Scientific culture of project, planning, preservation, restoration and enhancement of environment and landscape, architectural, historical and archaeological heritages, structural and infrastructural assets, land and geological resources in the broadest sense are the aims that the Department proposes. It is the place of training for architects, civil and environmental engineers, with important projections to applied geosciences, professionals and researchers in planning and land management. Expertises inside the Department, such as environmental protection, sustainability, energy efficiency, Cultural Heritage, ICT, are key themes for the third millennium model of development in advanced societies. The hydraulic and hydrology group aims to promote projects and studies mainly related with the hydraulic risk evaluation, protection of the environment, protection of the marine environment, environmental hydraulic and soil–atmosphere interactions. Design of civil structure/infrastructures, hydrological networks, design of maritime structures and Hydraulic System Design are also the main themes promoted. The expertises in the fields of water resources planning and management, ecohydrology, micrometeorology, geophysic, and design of hydraulic infrastructures allow to address the activities and the objectives of the proposal and match the tasks.

Giulio Vignoli Associate Professor
Andrea SabaAssistant Professor
Giovanni M. Sechi Associate Professor
Matteo CurreliPhD Postdoctoral Fellow

Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, The Cyprus Institute (CyI) – CYPRUS


The Cyprus Institute is a non‐profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, created in 2005. It is an issue‐orientated institution, emphasizing international collaborations and cross‐disciplinary research and education. The CYI has established three interdisciplinary research centres that are developed in partnership with leading institutions in their respective thematic areas. Since its foundation CYI actively participated in several EU projects (including an ERC) and it is ranked as the first Institute in Cyprus (normalized by its personnel) in EU grants. The Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Institute, which was launched in 2007, was developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is guided by an international Scientific Expert Panel, chaired by Prof. Ghislain de Marsily. Research at EEWRC deals with societally relevant issues related to energy, environment, climate and water. EEWRC’s overarching mission is the understanding of and preparing for the major challenges and changes in the environment, socio-economic structures and societies in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 21st century. Problems of national and regional importance and global significance are addressed with an emphasis on their specific regional, Eastern Mediterranean manifestations. The Center has also a PhD program in Energy, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. EEWRC is involved in various European and national funded projects related to water and natural resource management, environmental observations, and climate change modelling, impact assessments and adaptation. EEWRC cooperates with various government organizations and local enterprises on water, climate and environmental research.

Adriana BruggemanAssociate Professor
Hakan Djuma Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Irrigation and Hydraulics Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (UNIAS) – EGYPT


The Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, is a public institution of higher education under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and was founded on 1950. The mission of the irrigation and hydraulics department is to develop technical expertise capable of understanding the physical environment related to water sciences and its application to the benefit of Egypt. The department aims to develop well-educated civil engineers with a special expertise in water-related engineering projects who can enrich the water resources and public works field. The department also aims to prepare its graduates to appreciate sustainable integrated water systems and environment-related issues. The Irrigation and Hydraulics department offers training in graduation and postgraduate degree: B.Sc. degree in water engineering, M.Sc., Ph.D.and Diploma in different water engineering branches (i.e. hydraulics, hydrology, marine, coastal,…). The department is involved in many national and international research and acadmic projects concerning water scince (i.e. Flood management, water resources, watershed management, River engineering and urban hydraulics). UNIAS is involved in European projects such as: EXCEED, TEMPUS and others.

Ashraf M. ElmoustafaProfessor

Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space (CESBIO) – FRANCE


The purpose of CESBIO is to contribute to the progress of knowledge on the functioning of continental surfaces and their interactions with climate and humans, relying heavily on satellite data. Satellites constitute one of the few means available to obtain coherent measurements over large areas. Earth Observation offer both the opportunity to monitor the evolution of the planet, at various scales, and fuel the development and implementation of process models. CESBIO is structured around a network of sites (“Chantiers”) and teams. “Chantiers” feed research to answer questions raised by the public authorities. Teams are in charge of the long-term research developments. The laboratory also contributes to the development and promotion of Earth Observation by participating in the definition, implementation and scientific exploitation of space missions.
CESBIO is a joint research unit with:

  • National Centre for Space Studies (CNES)
  • National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse III)
  • National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA)
  • CESBIO is part of the Midi Pyrénées Observatory
Gilles BouletPhD, Deputy Scientific Director of the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées

Institut National de la Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts (INRGREF) – TUNISIA


Created in 1996, aims to contribute to the development of the national research policy in the areas of Water, Forests and Rural Engineering.
organize and implement all scientific research in relation to the above fields. Participate in the protection, conservation and rationalization of the exploitation of natural resources and rural areas. Develop the results of its research and its scientific know-how. Participate in the development of scientific and technological research and its integration into the economic and social fields. Undertake any research or experimentation or expertise to the identification, analysis, selection, adaptation and mastery of technology in different fields of agricultural engineering, water and forests.
Undertake searches to ascertain, monitor and analyze the evolution of technology in areas affecting the national economy.
contribute to the training of doctoral students in the programs of the institute.
Organize scientific events to allow the assimilation and mastery of technologies used.
Promote partnership in the field of scientific research and technological development, with institutions of higher education and research as well as institutions and public or private firms or through international cooperation.
Participating in the activity of expertise and service the eve of the economy in the rural areas of engineering, water and forests.

Rim Zitouna ChebbiResearcher
Project Coordinator

Nicola Montaldo

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Nicola Montaldo is associate professor of Hydrology and water resources at the University of Cagliari (Italy). He graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Cagliari in 1995, obtained a Ph.D. in Hydrology at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2000 and was research associate at University of Virginia in 2000. He was assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano from 2003 to June 2006 and visiting professor at University of Virginia (USA) in 2001, at Duke University (USA) in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2013 and 2017, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2014, and Cornell University (USA) in 2015.
Research interests: distributed hydrological modeling (flood forecasting and water balance), unsaturated zone hydrology, Land-atmosphere exchange, eco-hydrology, and remote sensing and Data assimilation in hydrological modeling. On these topics he was funded for research support as PI by many italian and European institutions, as Italian Spatial Agency, Italian Ministry of University, European Community “Programme Italie/France ‘Maritime’ 2007-2013”, Sardegna ricerche, Regional Sardinian authority (LR 7/2007).
He is author of more than 100 publications