Tommaso Moramarco

Researcher

Via Madonna Alta 126
Perugia , Italy 06128

Office Phone: +39 075 5014404 Mob:+39 3489317391

Research interest

The research activity mainly regards: 1) hydro-meteorological monitoring; 2) watershed hydrology; 3) hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; 4) discharge assessment at ungauged river sites; 5) river flood forecasting 6) hydraulic risk; 7) safety of dams; 7) Climate Change: floods and drought; 8) Geographic Information Systems for flooding analysis.


 

Biography

Tommaso Moramarco took the degree in Civil Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Bari (Italy), in February 1989. He got two-years of Scholarship of the National Research Council (CNR) in flooding risk assessment, at the Institute of Advanced Methodologies of Environmental Analysis, from 1989 to 1991. He had several contracts with the University of Basilicata from 1991 to 1994 and he carried on an educational activity in Hydraulic Construction, advising students and co-directing thesis. He is currently a Researcher with the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI), CNR. Since 1989, he has been conducting research in the field of hydrological processes addressed to the flood forecasting and hydraulic risk mitigation. He has developed  works in these areas producing a great number of contributions in the leading hydrologic and hydraulic journals. In particular, his works include hydro-meteorological monitoring, synthesis of the effects of spatial variability in hydraulic quantities and scaling, rainfall spatial distribution analysis, entropy theory applied to natural channels, modeling of overland flow over hillslopes, modeling of surface water over watersheds, flood forecasting, hydraulic risk, climate change, drought, safety of dams, artificial neural networks and genetic algorithm. He has directed PhD theses, M.Sc. theses and he has been tutor of research grants and scholarships working in the hydrology applied research areas. Since 2001, he has been playing a lead role in the hydrologic research at IRPI and he has been coordinator and scientific responsible of projects on hydro-meteorological monitoring, flood forecasting and hydraulic risk in the frame of Italian and European programs.  He has advised authorities for establishing measures for flooding protection also addressed to the forward planning. He is a Referee of leading hydrologic and hydraulic journals and an Associate Editor of Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (JHE) and a Guest Editor of Hydrology and Earth System Science Journal (HESS). He is a member of several national and international associations.
(see Curriculum Vitae)


 

Awards and Recognitions

  1. Qualification of Full Professor 08/A1 (Hydraulics, Hydrology, Hydraulic and Marine Constructions)
  2. Member of Joint Committee for the Framework Agreement between National Research Council and Università Politecnica delle Marche (2014-present)
  3. Scientific Council Board of “Consorzio Interuniversitario per l’idrologia – CINID”
  4. National Representative of International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS/IUGG)
  5. Representative of Ministry of agricultural food and forestry policies for the Technical Committee of theTiber watershed authority (June 2012 – present)
  6. Diplomate Water Resource Engineer, 2011,  given by American Academy of Water Resource Engineers (AAWRE)
  7. Norman Medal , 2010,   given by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  8. Professional Engineer Award, 2010 given by Engineers Register of Perugia
  9. Employee Award, 2005,    given by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy

 


Publications (ISI papers)

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  1. Manfreda, S., Brocca, L., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Sheffield, J. (2014) A physically based approach for the estimation of root-zone soil moisture from surface measurements Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (3), pp. 1199-1212
  2. Tayfur, G., Zucco, G., Brocca, L., Moramarco, T. (2014) Coupling soil moisture and precipitation observations for predicting hourly runoff at small catchment scale Journal of Hydrology, 510, pp. 363-371.
  3. Massari, C., Brocca, L., Barbetta, S., Papathanasiou, C., Mimikou, M., Moramarco, T. (2014) Using globally available soil moisture indicators for flood modelling in Mediterranean catchments Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (2), pp. 839-853
  4. Brocca, L., Camici, S., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Martínez-Fernández, J., Didon-Lescot, J.-F., Morbidelli, R. (2014)  Improving the representation of soil moisture by using a semi-analytical infiltration model Hydrological Processes, 28 (4), pp. 2103-2115
  5. Barbetta S, Moramarco T, Brocca L, Franchini M, Melone F (2014). Confidence interval of real-time forecast stages provided by the STAFOM-RCM model: The case study of the Tiber River (Italy). HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, ISSN: 0885-60870885-6087
  6. Corato, G., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P. Uncertainty analysis of flow velocity estimation by a simplified entropy model (2014) Hydrological Processes, 28 (3), pp. 581-590.
  7. Tarpanelli, A., Barbetta, S., Brocca, L., Moramarco, T. (2013) River discharge estimation by using altimetry data and simplified flood routing modeling Remote Sensing, 5 (9), pp. 4145-4162.
  8. Alvisi S., Barbetta S., Franchini M., Melone F. and Moramarco T. (2013), ‘Comparing grey formulations on the velocity-area method and entropy method for discharge estimation with uncertainty’, accepted for publication on Journal of Hydroinformatics (in press)
  9. Barbetta S. and Moramarco T. (2013), ‘Real-time flood forecasting by relating local stage and remote discharge’, accepted for publication on Hydrological Sciences Journal (in press)
  10. Moramarco T., Barbetta S., Pandolfo C.,Tarpanelli A., Berni N. and R. Morbidelli (2013), ‘The spillway collapse of the Montedoglio dam on the Tiber River (central Italy): data collection and event analysis’, accepted for publication on Journal of Hydrological Engineering, 0.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000890
  11. Tarpanelli, A., Brocca, L., Lacava, T., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Faruolo, M., Pergola, N., Tramutoli, V. (2013), Toward the estimation of river discharge variations using MODIS data in ungauged basins, Remote Sensing of Environment, 136, pp. 47-55.
  12. Brocca, L., Tarpanelli, A., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Ratto, S.M., Cauduro, M., Ferraris, S., Berni, N., Ponziani, F., Wagner, W., Melzer, T. (2013). Soil moisture estimation in alpine catchments through modeling and satellite observations. Vadose Zone Journal, 12 (3)
  13. Brocca, L., Zucco, G., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2013) Developing and testing a long-term soil moisture dataset at the catchment scale. Journal of Hydrology, 490, pp. 144-151
  14. Barbetta S, Franchini M, Melone F, Moramarco T (2013). Enhancement and comprehensive evaluation of the Rating Curve Model for different river sites. J of Hydrology, Volumes 464–465, 25 September 2012, Pages 376-387
  15. Moramarco T., Corato G., Melone F., Singh V.P., (2013). An entropy-based method for determining the flow depth distribution in natural channels. Journal of Hydrology, Volume 497, 8 August 2013, Pages 176-188
  16. Tarpanelli, A., Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T.(2013) Hydraulic modelling calibration in small rivers by using coarse resolution synthetic aperture radar imagery. Hydrological Processes, 27 (9), pp. 1321-1330.
  17. Brocca, L., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Wagner, W.(2013) A new method for rainfall estimation through soil moisture observations Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (5), pp. 853-858
  18. Brocca, L., Liersch, S., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Volk, M. (2013) Application of a model-based rainfall-runoff database as efficient tool for flood risk management. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 10 (2), pp. 2089-2115
  19. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Penna, D., Borga, M., Matgen, P., Gumuzzio, A., Martinez-Fernández, J., Wagner, W.Detecting threshold hydrological response through satellite soil moisture data(2013) Bodenkultur, 64 (3-4), pp. 7-12.
  20. Calamita, G., Brocca, L., Perrone, A., Piscitelli, S., Lapenna, V., Melone, F., Moramarco, T. (2012) Electrical resistivity and TDR methods for soil moisture estimation in central Italy test-sites. Journal of Hydrology, 454-455, pp. 101-112
  21. Ponziani, F., Pandolfo, C., Stelluti, M., Berni, N., Brocca, L., Moramarco, T.(2012) Assessment of rainfall thresholds and soil moisture modeling for operational hydrogeological risk prevention in the Umbria region (central Italy) (2012) Landslides, 9 (2), pp. 229-237.
  22. Brocca, L., Ponziani, F., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Berni, N., Wagner, W. (2012) Improving landslide forecasting using ASCAT-derived soil moisture data: A case study of the torgiovannetto landslide in central Italy. Remote Sensing, 4 (5), pp. 1232-1244.
  23. Lacava, T., Matgen, P., Brocca, L., Bittelli, M., Pergola, N., Moramarco, T., Tramutoli, V. (2012)A first assessment of the SMOS soil moisture product with in situ and modeled data in Italy and Luxembourg  IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50 (5 PART 1), art. no. 6168249, pp. 1612-1622
  24. Corato, G., Melone, F., Moramarco, T. and Singh, V. P. (2012), Uncertainty analysis of flow velocity estimation by a simplified entropy model. Hydrol. Processes- doi: 10.1002/hyp.9590
  25. Brocca, L., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Wagner, W., Hasenauer, S., Hahn, S. (2012). Assimilation of surface and root-zone ASCAT soil moisture products into rainfall-runoff modelling. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50(7), 2542-2555, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2011.2177468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2011.2177468
  26. Tarpanelli, A., Franchini, M., Brocca, L., Camici, S., Melone, F., Moramarco, T. (2012) A simple approach for stochastic generation of spatial rainfall patterns Journal of Hydrology, 472-473, pp. 63-76
  27. Brocca, L., Tullo, T., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2012) Catchment scale soil moisture spatial-temporal variability Journal of Hydrology, 422-423, pp. 63-75.
  28. Barbetta, S., Moramarco, T., Brocca, L., Franchini, M. and Melone, F. (2012), Confidence interval of real-time forecast stages provided by the STAFOM-RCM model: the case study of the Tiber River (Italy). Hydrol. Process.. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9613
  29. Brocca, L., Melone, F. and Moramarco, T. (2011), Distributed rainfall-runoff modelling for flood frequency estimation and flood forecasting. Hydrol. Process., 25: 2801–2813. doi: 10.1002/hyp.8042
  30. Corato G., Moramarco T., Tucciarelli T., (2011), Discharge estimation combining flow routing and occasional measurements of velocity, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2979-2994
  31. Camici, S., Tarpanelli, A., Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T. (2011). ‘Design soil moisture’ estimation by comparing continuous and storm-based rainfall-runoff modelling’. Water Resources Research, 47, W05527, doi:10.1029/2010WR009298
  32. Brocca, L., Tullo, T., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2011) Catchment scale soil moisture spatial-temporal variability Journal of Hydrology, 422-423, pp. 63-75.
  33. Brocca, L., Hasenauer, S., Lacava, T., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Wagner, W., Dorigo, W., Matgen, P., Martínez-Fernández, J., Llorens, P., Latron, J., Martin, C., Bittelli, M. (2011) Soil moisture estimation through ASCAT and AMSR-E sensors: An intercomparison and validation study across Europe.  Remote Sensing of Environment, 115 (12), pp. 3390-3408
  34. Barbetta, S., Moramarco, T., Franchini, M., Melone, F., Brocca, L., Singh, V.P. (2011) Case study: Improving real-time stage forecasting muskingum model by incorporating the rating curve model  Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 16 (6), pp. 540-557.
  35. Perumal, M., Moramarco, T., Barbetta, S., Melone, F., Sahoo, B. (2011) Real-time flood stage forecasting by Variable Parameter Muskingum Stage hydrograph routing method, Hydrology Research, 42 (2-3), pp. 150-161
  36. Moramarco, T., Saltalippi, C., Singh, V.P. (2011) Velocity profiles assessment in natural channels during high floods (2011) Hydrology Research, 42 (2-3), pp. 162-170
  37. Zakeri Niri, M., Saghafian, B., Golian, S., Moramarco, T., Shamsai, A.(2011) Derivation of Travel Time Based on Diffusive Wave Approximation for the Time-Area Hydrograph Simulation  Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 17 (1), pp. 85-91.
  38. Franchini, M., Bernini, A., Barbetta, S., Moramarco, T.(2011) Forecasting discharges at the downstream end of a river reach through two simple Muskingum based procedures. Journal of Hydrology, 399 (3-4), pp. 335-352.
  39. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Wagner, W., Hasenauer, S. (2010) ASCAT soil wetness index validation through in situ and modeled soil moisture data in central Italy. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114 (11), pp. 2745-2755.
  40. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Wagner, W., Naeimi, V., Bartalis, Z., Hasenauer, S. (2010) Improving runoff prediction through the assimilation of the ASCAT soil moisture product. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14 (10), pp. 1881-1893.
  41. Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P. (2010) Formulation of the entropy parameter based on hydraulic and geometric characteristics of river cross sections. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 15 (10), art. no. 009010QHE, pp. 852-858.
  42. Lacava, T., Brocca, L., Calice, G., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Pergola, N., Tramutoli, V. (2010) Soil moisture variations monitoring by AMSU-based soil wetness indices: A long-term inter-comparison with ground measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114 (10), pp. 2317-2325.
  43. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2010) Spatial-temporal variability of soil moisture and its estimation across scales. Water Resources Research, 46 (2), art. no. W02516
  44. Perumal M. Moramarco T., Sahoo B., Barbetta S. (2010). On the practical applicability of the VPMS routing method for rating curve development at ungauged river sites. Water Resources Research, 46, W03522, doi:10.1029/2009WR008103
  45. Perumal, M., Sahoo, B., Moramarco, T., Barbetta, S. (2009) Multilinear muskingum method for stage-hydrograph routing in compound channels Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 14 (7), pp. 663-670
  46. Tayfur, G., Barbetta, S., Moramarco, T. (2009)Genetic algorithm-based discharge estimation at sites receiving lateral inflows Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 14 (5), pp. 463-474
  47. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P. (2009)Assimilation of observed soil moisture data in storm rainfall-runoff modeling Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 14 (2), pp. 153-165
  48. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2009) Soil moisture temporal stability over experimental areas in Central Italy Geoderma, 148 (3-4), pp. 364-374
  49. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T., Morbidelli, R. (2009)  Antecedent wetness conditions based on ERS scatterometer data Journal of Hydrology, 364 (1-2), pp. 73-87
  50. Moramarco, T., Pandolfo, C., Singh, V.P.(2008)Accuracy of kinematic wave and diffusion wave approximations for flood routing. I: Steady analysis   Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13 (11), pp. 1078-1088
  51. Moramarco, T., Pandolfo, C., Singh, V.P.(2008)Accuracy of kinematic wave approximation for flood routing. II. Unsteady analysis Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13 (11), pp. 1089-1096
  52. Tayfur, G., Moramarco, T.(2008)Predicting hourly-based flow discharge hydrographs from level data using genetic algorithms Journal of Hydrology, 352 (1-2), pp. 77-93
  53. Brocca, L., Melone, F., Moramarco, T.(2008)On the estimation of antecedent wetness conditions in rainfall-runoff modelling Hydrological Processes, 22 (5), pp. 629-642
  54. Tayfur, G., Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P.(2007)Predicting and forecasting flow discharge at sites receiving significant lateral inflow Hydrological Processes, 21 (14), pp. 1848-1859
  55. Perumal, M., Moramarco, T., Melone, F.(2007)A caution about the multilinear discrete lag-cascade model for flood routing Journal of Hydrology, 338 (3-4), pp. 308-314
  56. Brocca, L., Morbidelli, R., Melone, F., Moramarco, T.(2007) Soil moisture spatial variability in experimental areas of central Italy Journal of Hydrology, 333 (2-4), pp. 356-373.
  57. Perumal, M., Moramarco, T., Sahoo, B., Barbetta, S.(2007)A methodology for discharge estimation and rating curve development at ungauged river sites Water Resources Research, 43 (2)
  58. Moramarco, T., Barbetta, S., Melone, F., Singh, V.P.(2006)A real-time stage Muskingum forecasting model for a site without rating curve Hydrological Sciences Journal, 51 (1), pp. 66-82
  59. Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Singh, V.P. (2005) Assessment of flooding in urbanized ungauged basins: A case study in the Upper Tiber area, Italy Hydrological Processes, 19 (10), pp. 1909-1924
  60. Moramarco, T., Barbetta, S., Melone, F., Singh, V.P.(2005) Relating local stage and remote discharge with significant lateral inflow Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 10 (1), pp. 58-69
  61. Moramarco, T., Saltalippi, C., Singh, V.P.(2004)Estimation of mean velocity in natural channels based on Chiu’s velocity distribution equation Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 9 (1), pp. 42-50
  62. Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P.(2002)Accuracy of kinematic wave and diffusion wave for spatial-varying rainfall excess over a plane Hydrological Processes, 16 (17), pp. 3419-3435
  63. Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P.(2001)Simple method for relating local stage and remote discharge Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 6 (1), pp. 78-81
  64. Moramarco, T., Singh, V.P.(2000)A practical method for analysis of river waves and for kinematic wave routing in natural channel networks Hydrological Processes, 14 (1), pp. 51-62
  65. Moramarco, T., Fan, Y., Bras, R.L.(1999)Analytical solution for channel routing with uniform lateral inflow Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 125 (7), pp. 707-712

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