We are looking for a collaboration as a partner for Water Management Projects 2020. We are an existing consortium of two Italian Universities, Spain, Israel and Malta and are looking for a partner for dissemination.
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The Department of Physics and Earth Science of the University of Ferrara ranked first in Italy for its research quality, it has been selected by MIUR as one of the "Departments of Excellence"
The Department of Physics and Earth Science of the Ferrara University has been selected by the Minister of Education, University and Research (MIUR) in January 2018 as one of the Department of Excellence that will receive financial support according to the Budget Law 2017.
The relevance of the research activity of the Department is testified by the survey Censis-La Repubblica (2015 edition), that places the Department at the first rank among the Italian universities (first among 41 for the Physics area and first among 31 for the Earth Science area).
In the Assessment of Research Quality (VQR 2011-2014) done by ANVUR (Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) the Department was ranked 14th among 82 (Physics area) and 6th among 51 (Earth Science area).
The research activities of the Scientific and Technological Pole of the University of Ferrara (Department of Physics and Earth Sciences) of University of Ferrara are focused on laboratory experiments and groundwater flow and transport modelling for climate resilient groundwater management under anthropogenic stresses, remediation interventions at polluted sites and a correct exploitation of groundwater in coastal areas.
The research group has collaborations with the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Queensland and the Polytechnic University of Bari where many research activities are on going.
One focus is the characterization and the description of phenomena that involve fractured aquifers, especially if considered in relationship with water resource exploitation. Current developments are the study and characterization of physical processes governing infiltration in the fractured vadose zone. A laboratory physical model has been set up to study infiltration in single synthetic fractures as a function of aperture, inclination, roughness etc, in order to characterize recharge processes in the unsaturated fracture zone as well as aquifer vulnerability to pollution.
Other laboratory experiments have focused on heat transport in porous fractured aquifers to understand and compare fluid movement and thermal behaviour in such media, in order to investigate the exploitation of low enthalpy geothermal energy that can be obtained with the aid of ground-source heat pump system from the soil, rock and groundwater.
In the Hydrogeology Laboratory at the Scientific and Technological Pole of the University of Ferrara a physical analog model (4 m wide by 8 m long and 1.4 m deep) has been built consisting in a large tank assembled with an internal structure of armed PVC and fastened on an external structure of natural wood, and filled with aquifer materials (35 m3 of loamy sediments and 7 m3 of gravel) to simulate an unconfined shallow aquifer.
It has been equipped with 26 standard piezometers and 20 multilevel temperature loggers to study:
-reactive transport experiments to elucidate transport and redox processes affecting nitrogen dissolved species
- experiments using heat as groundwater tracer to investigate the limits of heat as tracer to define aquifer parameters such as diffusivity and dispersivity
-long term monitoring of saline solution to elucidate the processes of soil salinization in reclaimed agricultural lands characterized by highly saline groundwater.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.