The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863. Its most eminent professors over the years have included the mathematician Francesco Brioschi (its first Director), Luigi Cremona, and Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963). The Politecnico di Milano is now ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design, and in many disciplines is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide. The Politecnico di Milano is nowadays organised in 17 departments and a network of 9 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design spread over 7 campuses over the Lombardy region with a central administration and management. The 9 schools are devoted to education whereas the 17 departments are devoted to research.
Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineer and Topography
The main task of the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineer and Topography (DIIAR) of the Politecnico di Milano is addressed to spread applied and theoretical knowledge on the following research fields: hydraulic construction, applied ecology, applied geology, hydraulic, hydrology, sanitary engineering, cartography and topography.
DIIAR is responsible for the organization of more than 80 courses in the Bachelor and Master of Science and 3 Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Water Engineering, Sanitary-Environmental Engineering and Geodesy and Geomatics. In the framework of the DIIAR 4 specialized libraries and 3 laboratory are present.
DIIAR is constituted into 5 sections. The main research activities of the section of Hydrology (CIMI) is related to applied hydrological and meteorological science: study of the water cycle, development of mathematical model for the simulation of land-atmosphere interactions, flood forecasting systems, laboratory test, field campaigns, stochastic study of extreme events, analysis of inundation of flood prone areas.
Marco Mancini, the scientific coordinator of POLIMI in the proposed project, is professor of Hydraulic Constructions from 2000 and teaches River Catchments Management at Politecnico di Milano. He took his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in Naples in 1985 and the Ph.D. at Politecnico di Milano. He is author of more than 70 research papers in the field of remote sensing and hydrological modelling of flood and land surface interactions. He is coordinating a group of about ten young researchers in the study related to hydrological science.