BARI, ITALY | OCTOBER 8 - 10, 2018


October 8 - 10, 2018


Bari, Italy


Measurements in riverine, estuarine and coastal areas



Lorenzo Cappietti

University of Florence, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Italy



Michele Mossa

Polytechnic University of Bari, DICATECh, Italy



In recent years there has been an explosion of new techniques for laboratory and field measurements in hydro-environmental and maritime engineering and research. These techniques include terrestrial and airborne laser scanning of morphology at grain-scale resolution over large spatial domains, acoustic measurements of complete 3D flow fields and sediments transport at both laboratory and field scale, and high resolved quantification of 3D turbulent coherent structures using 3D time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) techniques. The data produced by such new techniques offer unprecedent opportunity to understand hydraulic phenomena, both in the observations themselves, and for development, calibration and validation of sophisticated numerical models. In fact, the synergic use of field measurements in conjunction with numerical modelling constitutes one of the most powerful tools on the hands of scientists for deepening the knowledge of nature.
The use of satellites is of also great interest. For example, COSMO-SkyMed, a Space-Earth Observation Dual Use System, is devoted to providing products/services for the following purposes: a) environmental monitoring and surveillance applications for the management of exogenous, endogenous and anthropogenic risks; b) provision of commercial products and services.
In the spirit of the proposed session, the aim is:

  • Strengthening the linkage among the hydraulic community that works on rivers, estuaries and coasts, focusing on different approaches (observational, experimental, modelling);
  • Exploring how the mixing process of turbulent flows is addressed by nearby disciplines (ecology, sedimentology, forestry, climate sciences, remote sensing);
  • Providing a platform for scientific discussion.


LORENZO CAPPIETTI is researcher at the University of Florence. Since 2003/04 to present, Professor of "Shore Protection" - University of Pisa. Since 2004/05 to present, Professor of "Maritime Construction" - University of Florence. PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003. Since 2013 to present Head of LABIMA – Laboratory of Maritime Engineering ( Main research interests: assessment and harvesting of the wave energy, wave-structure interaction processes, physical modelling and development of experimental installations. Author of more than 80 papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings (read more: President of the Local Organizing Committee and Co-Chair of the SCACR2015 conference ( Local coordinator of projects funded by the EU (MARINET FP7 and MARINET2 H2020, by National Institutions (e.g. WESPFLOAT funded by DAAD, Germany) and by Regional Institutions (e.g. FLORENS funded by Regione Toscana and INNOWAS, funded by CARIFI bank foundation). Member of the board of professors and scientific secretary of the International PhD School in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of Florence and TU-Braunschweig, DE). Tutor of several Students and 4 PhD Students. President of the GNRAC ( and member of the steering committee AIOM ( Consultant for many Regional and National public and private companies (read more at

Selected Publications

  • Simonetti, I., Cappietti, L., Elsafti, H., Oumeraci, H., (2018), Evaluation of air compressibility effects on the performance of fixed OWC wave energy converters using CFD modelling, Renewable Energy, 119, pp. 741-753. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.12.027
  • Pappalardo, M., Cappietti, L., Llopis, I.A., Chelli, A., De Fabritiis, L., (2017), Development of shore platforms along the NW coast of Italy: The role of Wind Waves, Journal of Coastal Research, 33 (5), pp. 1102-1112. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00113.1
  • Walker, S., Cappietti, L., (2017), Experimental studies of turbulent intensity around a tidal turbine support structure, Energies, 10 (4), art. no. 497, DOI: 10.3390/en10040497
  • Simonetti, I., Cappietti, L., Elsafti, H., Oumeraci, H., (2017), Optimization of the geometry and the turbine induced damping for fixed detached and asymmetric OWC devices: A numerical study, Energy, 139, pp. 1197-1209. DOI: 10.1016/
  • Thorimbert, Y., Latt, J., Cappietti, L., Chopard, B., (2016), Virtual wave flume and Oscillating Water Column modeled by lattice Boltzmann method and comparison with experimental data, International Journal of Marine Energy, 14, pp. 41-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijome.2016.04.001
  • Vannucchi, V., Cappietti, L., (2016), Wave energy assessment and performance estimation of state of the art wave energy converters in Italian hotspots, Sustainability (Switzerland), 8 (12), art. no. 1300, DOI: 10.3390/su8121300
  • Bendoni, M., Francalanci, S., Cappietti, L., Solari, L., (2014), On salt marshes retreat: Experiments and modeling toppling failures induced by wind waves, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 119 (3), pp. 603-620. DOI: 10.1002/2013JF002967
  • Cappietti, L., Sherman, D.J., Ellis, J.T. (2013), Wave transmission and water setup behind an emergent rubble-mound breakwater, Journal of Coastal Research, 29 (3), pp. 694-705. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-12-00166.1
  • Ellis, J.T., Cappietti, L., (2013), Storm-driven hydrodynamic and sedimentological impacts to an engineered coast (2013) Journal of Coastal Research, (SPEC. ISSUE 65), pp. 1461-1466. DOI: 10.2112/SI65-247
  • Cappietti, L. (2011), Converting emergent breakwaters into submerged breakwaters (2011) Journal of Coastal Research, (SPEC. ISSUE 64), pp. 479-483.
  • Cappietti, L., Gironella, X., Marzeddu, A. (2011), Laboratory experiments on wave-induced fluxes over and through shore-defense detached permeable breakwaters, Journal of Coastal Research, (SPEC. ISSUE 64), pp. 484-487.

Chief Scientist of the LIC (Coastal Engineering Laboratory)

Since 18th February 2018 - present: Associate Editor of the journal "Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFMC)" (ISSN: 1567-7419 for print version and ISSN: 1573-1510 for electronic version). See the web site:
Since 8th February 2018 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Global Journal of Engineering Science and Researches" (ISSN 2348-8034). See the web site:
Since 18th January 2018 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "SCIRES-IT - SCIentific RESearch and Information Technology" (e-ISSN 2239-4303 online). See the web site:
Since 4th September 2017 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Scientific Reports" (Nature research journal, ISSN 2045-2322 online). See the web site:
Since 7 March 2017: Elected representative of teaching staff and technical, administrative and library staff in the DICATECh Board of the Polytechnic University of Bari, for the three academic years 2015/2018.
Since 15th February 2017 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Water" (ISSN 2073-4441). See the web site:
3 November 2016: The book Mossa M. & Petrillo A.F, Idraulica, C.E.A, Milan, 2013 was a finalist of the First National University Publishing Award (year 2016) of the Italian Association of the Book (for details see this link:
Since 24th October 2016 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Heliyon" (ISSN 2405-8440). See the web site:
Since 1st November 2015 - present: member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Engineering & Computational Mechanics" (ISSN 1755-0777; E-ISSN 1755-0785). See the web site:
Since 2015 - present: Chief Scientist of the LIC - Coastal Engineering Laboratory (Decree of appointment no. 22 of 17/2/2015).
Since 5 June 2014 - present: Coordinator of the PhD course in "Environmental and Building Risk and Development".
Since the academic year 2013-2014 - present: Deputy Rector of the Technical University of Bari for the Research and Technology Transfer (Decree of appointment no. 479/2013).
Since 26 March 2013 - present: Member of the Board of Directors (for the Technical University of Bari) of the National Consortium of Universities for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa).
Since 24 April 2012 - present: Member of the board of the National Council of the Italian Hydrotechnique Association.
Since July 2011 – September 2015: member of IAHR council.
September 2009 - July 2011: president of the IAHR Education and Professional Development Section (IAHR EPD Section).
September 2009 – September 2015: Editor of IAHR magazine Hydrolink.
Since June 2007 – December 2010: president of the Apulian Section of the Italian Hydrotechnique Association.
Since 2007 – present: reviewer as expert in Hydraulics and Oceanography of the research project grant applications of the Research Council of Norway.
Since 2005 - present: Editor of the web resource for the storage and dissemination of photographic, animation and video material relating to hydraulics, hydrology and water resources IAHR Media Library
Since 2005 - present: Member of the Fluid Mechanics Committee of IAHR

Research activity:
The main topics of Michele Mossa’s research group are relevant with the Environmental and Maritime Hydraulics.
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