Giuliano Di Baldassarre

About me

I am fascinated by the interplay of water and society, and I aim to unravel the phenomena generated by feedback mechanisms between hydrological, technical and social processes.


My research focuses on the study of droughts and floods in rapidly changing environments. I explore the way in which societies influence, while being influenced by, the frequency, severity and distribution of hydrological extremes. To this end, I use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods: (i) System dynamics models to simulate the dynamics and risks emerging from the interactions between human and water systems; (ii) Instrumental case studies to unveil the primary mechanisms explaining socio-hydrological phenomena; and (iii) Global (or large scale) analysis of multiple datasets, including remote sensing data and worldwide archives, to uncover generic patterns.

Key publications

  • Di Baldassarre, G., Wanders, N., AghaKouchak, A., Kuil, L., Rangecroft, S., et al. (2018). Water shortages worsened by reservoir effects. Nature Sustainability, 1, 617-622.
  • Di Baldassarre, G., Nohrstedt, D., Mård, J., Burchardt, S., Albin, C., et al. (2018). An Integrative Research Framework to Unravel the Interplay of Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities, Earth’s Future, 6, 305-310.
  • Di Baldassarre, G., Martinez, F., Kalantari, Z., and A. Viglione (2017). Drought and Flood in the Anthropocene: Feedback Mechanisms in Reservoir Operation. Earth System Dynamics, 8, 225-233.

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