Air, Water and Landscape Science (Luval) includes basic research as well as applied research related to process in air, water and landscape (Hydrology, Meteorology, Physical Geography and Environmental Analysis).
We study the fundamentals of atmospheric, hydrological and landscape formation processes as well as their interaction with human activity. The objective is to develop improved theoretical frameworks and models that can be used to test hypotheses and help resolve applied problems. The model development has strong linkages to physical experiments in the field and laboratory. The applications range from environmental pollution and nuclear waste disposal to energy research and effects of climate change.
Researcher profile: Giuliano Di Baldassarre
My research focuses on studies of hydrological processes. The earliest known civilisations, such as those that emerged on the fertile river plains along the Nile and the Indus, depended on access to water resources. These are crucial for people’s livelihoods and for creating conditions that favour socioeconomic development. My aim is to understand the dynamic relationship between water and humankind, by studying how communities impact on the hydrological regime while, at the same time, hydrological changes shape communities.