Politecnico di Milano
Marco Mancini was born in Naples in 1961. He graduated at the University of Naples in 1985 and obtained his Ph.D. in Hydrology at the Politecnico di Milano in the 1990. He is currently Full Professor of Water Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano where he has the chair of River Engineering and Basin Reclamation.
The main research activities undertaken by Marco Mancini are related to the study of hydrological processes and their interactions with anthropic activities for risk mitigation in flood as in irrigation framework. He developed distributed hydrological models and algorithms for the use of remote sensing data in hydrology.
Among the topics that Marco Mancini investigated during his scientific career, it is worth mentioning the rainfall runoff transformation, estimation of soil moisture from high resolution radar satellite images, real time flood forecasting systems and the measurements and modeling of evapotranspiration. He developed the activities in collaboration with important national and international partners also supported by funded projects.
He has been involved in several research projects in the field of hydrology and water resources in Italy and abroad. His main periods abroad were at the University of Concepcion (Chile, 1991) working with EUrope Latin America Institute, than in 1992 he was appointed as research stuff at the Water Resource Program at the Department of Civil Engineering at Princeton University.
Since 1991 he is involved in studies related to the estimation of soil moisture via distributed models and remote sensing. He was responsible scientist for several remote sensing campaigns on the Virginiolo basin (Tuscany) such as the NASA MACEUROPE’91 and the SIR-C/X-SAR, ant those related to the ESA ERS-1, ERS-2. He is responsible of several scientific field experiment. Actually is involved in the programs as investigator for basin hydrology.
During his activity Marco Mancini had the opportunity to cooperate with several international and national agency in Europe and in the United States.
He has published over 100 papers in international journals, books, and conference proceedings dealing with flood hydrograph estimation, hydrologic water balance, remote sensing applications in hydrology and geographical information systems.
He makes specific consultancies and designs for water resources authorities, municipality and companies where he transfers, the results of the research activity. His main consultancies are on the: i) quantitative and qualitative monitoring and forecasting of the hydrologic processes, ii) flood risk mitigation structures, iii) flood forecast systems, iv) fluvial hydraulics, v) urban and rural flood risk mapping, vi) hydrological water balance for a parsimonious real time use of irrigation water.