Friday 02 Mar 2018Achieving sustainable ground-water management by using GIS-integrated simulation tools: the EU H2020 FREEWAT platform

Professor Rudy Rosetto - Scuola Superiore Sant Anna, Pisa

Harrison 170 14:30-15:30

Abstract: In order to achieve sustainable and participated ground-water management, innovative software built on the integration of numerical models within GIS software is a perfect candidate to provide a full characterization of quantitative and qualitative aspects of ground- and surface-water resources maintaining the time and spatial dimension. The EU H2020 FREEWAT project (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management; Rossetto et al., 2015) aims at simplifying the application of EU water-related Directives through an open-source and public-domain, GIS-integrated simulation platform for planning and management of ground- and surface-water resources. The FREEWAT platform allows to simulate the whole hydrological cycle, coupling the power of GIS geo-processing and post-processing tools in spatial data analysis with that of process-based simulation models. This results in a modeling environment where large spatial datasets can be stored, managed and visualized and where several simulation codes (mainly belonging to the USGS MODFLOW family) are integrated to simulate multiple hydrological, hydrochemical or economic processes.

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Biography: Professor Rudy Rossetto deals with surface and subsurface hydrology at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. He holds an MSc in Earth Science from Uni. of Pisa (IT), an MSc in Geoenvironmental Engineering from Cardiff Uni. (UK) and a PhD in Engineering Geology from Uni. of Siena (IT). His main research fields are development and application of innovative ICT-GIS integrated tools for groundwater management and analysis of functionalities of blue infrastructures (phyto-treatment plants and Managed Aquifer Recharge schemes) for the provision of water related agro-ecosystem services. As water security is the web connecting food production and energy to socio-economic development and agro-ecosystem maintenance, in the framework of adapting to climate change, the main research goal is to devise and to test innovative ways for sustainable water management developing both theoretical and applied approaches. He is the Co-ordinator of the EU HORIZON 2020 FREEWAT project (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management, WP leader in EU FP7 MARSOL (Managed Aquifer Recharge as a solution to drought and water scarcity, Co-ordinator of the Italian project PHARM-SWAP MED (removal of PHARMaceuticals from the Soil-WAter-Plant continuum in MEDiterranean Environment) and Technical Co-ordinator of the EU LIFE REWAT project ( Since 2012, he has been the Co-Editor in Chief of Acque Sotterranee-Italian Journal of Groundwater (

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