Domenico De Santis, PhD


Grant Holder

Via della Madonna Alta,126
Perugia , Italy – 06128

Research interest

The research activities mainly regard:

  1. Process-based hydrological and land surface modelling
  2. Remotely-sensed observation of soil moisture, vegetation and evapotranspiration
  3. Evaluation and error characterization of climatic and biophysical data records
  4. Model uncertainty and data assimilation
  5. Hydrological extremes (flood and drought) monitoring and forecasting


Domenico De Santis was born in Praia a Mare, Italy, in 1985. He graduated from Environmental Engineering in 2010 with a Master’s Degree, and subsequently had several collaboration contracts mainly with the University of Calabria, Italy. Also at the University of Calabria, in April 2019 he accomplished his PhD on the topic of assimilation of remotely-sensed soil moisture in rainfall-runoff models, and for the following 3 years he worked on a programme entrusted by the Civil Protection Department, as a member of the coordination structure in the group of research institutions involved. Since July 2022 he has joined the Hydrology group of the CNR-IRPI in Perugia.





  1. De Santis D., Biondi D., Crow W.T., Camici S., Modanesi S., Brocca L. & Massari C. (2021). Assimilation of satellite soil moisture products for river flow prediction: An extensive experiment in over 700 catchments throughout Europe. Water Resources Research, 57:6, e2021WR029643.
  2. 2018

  3. De Santis D. & Biondi D. (2018). A quality assessment of the soil water index by the propagation of ASCAT soil moisture error estimates through an exponential filter. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 39:1, pp. 232-257.





  1. De Santis D., D’Amato C., Bartkowiak P., Azimi S., Castelli M., Rigon R. & Massari C. (2022). Evaluation of remotely-sensed evapotranspiration datasets at different spatial and temporal scales at forest and grassland sites in Italy. 2022 IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry (MetroAgriFor), pp. 356-361,
  2. 2018

  3. De Santis D. & Biondi D. (2018). Error Propagation from Remotely Sensed Surface Soil Moisture into Soil Water Index using an Exponential Filter. HIC 2018 13th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, vol. 3, pp. 520-525,

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