Elena Mondino

About me

My background is a mix of engineering, natural, and social sciences, and this truly pushes me to approach issues from different perspectives all the times. I really enjoy seeing natural and social scientists interact and collaborate. In my free time I rock climb.


My research aims at understanding how hydrological risk awareness and preparedness change over time, and how the occurrence of events shape them. I use surveys to interview people few months after they experienced a hydrological event (e.g. flash floods, debris flows), and then I repeat the survey again after more months have passed. This allows for understanding how awareness and preparedness evolve and what are the main influencing factors. Eventually, I would like to use these empirical data to build a socio-hydrological model that takes into account hydrological risk awareness and people’s motivation to adapt. 

Key publications

  • Mondino, E., Scolobig, A., Borga, M., Albrecht, F., Mård, J., Weyrich, P., and Di Baldassarre, G. (2020).  Exploring Changes in Hydrogeological Risk Awareness and Preparedness over Time: A Case Study in North-eastern Italy, Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1729361
  • Weyrich, P., Mondino, E., Borga, M., Di Baldassarre, G., Patt, A., and Scolobig, A. (2020). A flood risk oriented dynamic protection motivation framework to explain risk reduction behaviours, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 287-298, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-20-287-2020
  • Di Baldassarre, G. et al. (2019). Socio-hydrology: Scientific Challenges in Addressing a Societal Grand Challenge. Water Resources Research. DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023901
  • Di Baldassarre, G. et al. (2018). Hess Opinions: An interdisciplinary research agenda to explore the unintended consequences of structural flood protection”. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22 (11), 5629-5637. DOI: 10.5194/hess-22-5629-201

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