Giuliano Di Baldassarre
My research focuses on droughts and floods in changing environments. I am fascinated by the interplay of hydrological, technical and social processes, and I explore the risks and opportunities generated by their feedback mechanisms.
Professor of Hydrology. Director of CNDS, Centre of Natural Hazards & Disaster Science (www.cnds.se). PI of the ERC project HydroSocialExtremes (www.hydrosocialextremes.org).
Keywords: water and society risk assessment floods and droughts
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Giuliano was born in L'Aquila (Italy) in 1978. After graduating summa cum laude at the University of Bologna (Italy), he took his PhD in Hydrology in 2006. Then, he developed his academic career across Europe by working as a Postdoc at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (United Kingdom) and, later, as a Senior Lecturer at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft (The Netherlands).
He moved to Sweden in March 2014, and he joined the Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University as a Professor of Hydrology. He is also the Director of CNDS, Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, which brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from three Swedish universities to carry out inter-disciplinary research in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR). CNDS currently supports 26 early career scientists, i.e. 18 PhD candidates and 8 postdocs, in three Swedish universities (www.cnds.se).
Giuliano has been the recipient of international awards and prestigious grants, including the Outstanding Young Scientists Award by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the Hydrological Sciences Early Career Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Author of more than 100 papers (cited over 5,000 times) on peer-reviewed journals; not only scientific ones specialized on hydrology and water resources, but also multi-disciplinary journals such as Nature Sustainability, Earth’s Future, Scientific Data, Scientific Reports, Science Advances, Geophysical Research Letters, and Nature Geoscience.
He has been the Chair of Panta Rhei–Everything Flows, the research decade of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), which brings together hundreds of scientists worldwide doing research on water and society. Currently, he directs a large research team as the PI of the ERC project HydroSocialExtremes: Unravelling the mutual shaping of hydrological extremes and society (www.hydrosocialextremes.org).
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