Giovanni Musolino

Project: Flood modelling and hazard assessment for extreme events in riverine basins

Supervisors: Dr Reza Ahmadian and Professor Roger Falconer

Natural hazards, such as flooding, can have a significant impact on people’s lives and on sustainable development processes. Numerical models are used by engineers and planners; to understand, predict and assess the extent of flood events. However, these models need to be developed and adapted for different conditions, events and characteristics.

The main area of Giovanni’s research is focused on numerical modelling, specifically 2D and 1D/2D coupled flood modelling. The aim of his research is to produce an improved 1D/2D coupled model that includes shock capturing algorithms (SCA) to predict hydrodynamic processes in river and estuarine water, particularly where short steep catchments are drained. Although 1D models are more suitable for predicting flood conditions in smaller rivers, which are more common in short steep catchments, for this kind of catchment a SCA is needed to have good and robust results. 1D models and 1D/2D coupled models require less resources in terms of computational time and power compared to 2D models. They are therefore more suitable for real time predictions and early warning systems that could be used to manage and assess the impact of flooding on short steep catchments. For floods generated in such topographic conditions, the flow is generally fast and destructive and it is crucial to have accurate predictions, with sufficient amount of time in advance, in order to assess the danger posed by such floods.


After completing the WISE Postgraduate School, Giovanni then moved to Cardiff University where for the next 3 years he will be undertaking his research project.

Prior to the WISE programme, his academic background included:

  • MSc in Analysis and Mitigation of Hydro-Geological Risk at University “Sapienza” of Rome, Italy.
  • MEng in Civil Engineering with specialization in Water, River and Coastal Engineering at University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
  • BEng in Civil Engineering at University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Goivanni also has extensive experience working both in academia and industry. In academia as a Research Fellow at the University of Malta, where he was involved in a project regarding geophysical methods and measurement applied to the evaluation of the coastal cliff stability and the evaluation of site effects and soil structure resonance. He also worked as a Freelance Engineer for several different companies in Italy, in the sector of water and environmental engineering.

Outside of academia and industry, Giovanni has various interests, including: playing guitar, swimming, wildlife photography, trekking and cooking.

Research Interests

  • Flood risk, water management, hydraulic modelling, water pollution, natural hazards, water and environmental engineering, and renewable energy.

WISE 2017 Summer School Presentation: Giovanni_Musolino_Jun17[1]

June 2017 Poster: Giovanni Musolino Jun17