Francesco Comiti

Francesco, PhD, is the coordinator of the group. Associate professor (since January 2015) at Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

His research interests focus on Bedload and suspended transport dynamics in high-elevation basins, Debris flow monitoring, Large wood transport in mountain rivers, Mountain catchments hydrology, Channel morphology and ecology of mountain rivers, Evaluation of hydromorphological status of mountain rivers.


Andrea Andreoli

Andrea is assistant professor (since May 2017) at Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

His research interest focus on Large Wood budgets, mountain rivers restoration and control, Vegetation-sediment-flow interactions in gravel-bed rivers, topographic survey techniques to assess morphological changes in river environments.

Stefano Brighenti

Stefano is a post-doc researcher as eco-hydrologist, at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology. His research mainly focuses on the hydrology, hydrochemistry and ecology of alpine streams, with a particular focus on those fed by glaciers and rock glaciers in the framework of the present deglaciation. Recently, Stefano started focussing on hydrology and hydrochemistry time series, and gained experience on the use of natural tracers, in particular water isotopes.

Stefano is currently working on the WATSON project (WATer mixing in the critical ZONe). He is involved in the assessment of the water mixing in soil, groundwater and vegetation in two contrasting environmental settings

Stefano Brighenti

Giulia is PhD student at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology. Her research focus on fluvial processes monitoring and characterization using remote sensing technologies. Specifically, it focuses on mapping and quantifying morphological changes (e.g. erosion and deposition) trough time. The research is addressed in a multiscale and multitemporal approach exploiting high resolution imagery taken from drone and satellite data (multispectral and radar). Part of the research is included in the IRIS (Italian Research and Development Initiative for Spaceborne River monitoring) project.

Johannes Holzner

Johannes is student of “Environmental Management of Mountain Areas” master degree and isan interested in river geomorphology, solid transport and risk associated with river floods in a framework of climate change. Johannes is working on the Ecosed-TT project.


Zarka Mukhtar

Zarka is PhD student at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology. Her research focuses on sediment transport monitoring and quantification in rivers from debris/clean ice glaciers using Remote Sensing techniques. Specifically, the research is addressing spatial and temporal methodology for assessment, estimation and mapping of sediment transport and geomorphological changes in Himalayan glaciated catchments with the consideration of meteorological conditions as well, by utilizing high resolution imageries taken from satellite data. The project design is still under process.

Sara Savi

Sara is PostDoc at the University of Potsdam (Germany) and works on a project relating climatic changes and sediment transfer in high mountain regions. From September 2020 Sara is officially a guest researcher at Unibz in the RBG group. Her interest is on geomorphic evolution, sediment transfer, debris flows and natural hazards in general. She works with cosmogenic nuclides, dendrochronology, photogrammetry, physical and numerical modelling.

Former Members

Christian Kofler

Christian is PhD candidate at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology together with the Institute for Earth Observation of Eurac Research.  His research interests are the monitoring and modelling of natural hazards and risks related to permafrost degradation.

Christian Kofler

Velio Coviello

Former researcher (since October 2017) at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology, within  the SEDIPLAN-r project (Sediment budgeting and planning for rivers in South-Tyrol: from hazard mitigation to environmental restoration). Velio is now researcher at CNR-IRPI in Padova. His research mainly focuses on the characterization of mass movements and sediment transport processes in Alpine and volcanic environment at different special and temporal scales. He deals with seismic monitoring debris flows, lahars and other torrential processes for the development of early warning systems. His research interests also concern soil erosion and water resource management.

Anuschka Buter

Anuschka is PhD at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology with thesis titled: “Linking geomorphological connectivity to sediment transport measurements in an Alpine glaciated basin: present dynamics and future scenarios”. Her research focuses on sediment transport and geomorphological connectivity in Alpine glaciated catchments, mapping of geomorphological landforms and corresponding changes in time, responses of sediment transfer rates and processes to meteorological extreme events. The research was conducted in the field and in form of GIS analysis.


Michael Engel

Micha is a hydrologist researcher, at the Federal Agency of Hydrology, in Koblenz, Germany. His research mainly focuses on: hydrological, hydrochemical and meteorological dynamics driving water quantity and quality  in glacierized and high-elevation catchments, using tracer-based and modeling approaches, sediment transport, hydroecological processes in mountain flood plain.

Michael is currently collaborating on the framework of the SEDIPLAN project.

Vittoria Scorpio

Vittoria is a senior researcher at the Institute for Earth Observation, Eurac Research, Bolzano-Bozen. She is as fluvial geomorphologist focused on analysis of channel modifications over the last centuries and their controlling factors, ongoing river dynamics and processes,  geomorphological mapping, flood hazards scenarios and geomorphic response of rivers to extreme flood events.

Vittoria is currently collaborating with us in the framework of the project CoupEvent: Hillslope-channel coupling during extrem event in South Tyrol. 


Ricardo Carillo

Ricardo is a PhD candidate of Agricultural Science, at the Universidad Católica de Chile, Faculty of Ecosystem and Environment. His PhD research is mainly focused in bedload and suspended sediment transport dynamics in glacierized Andean/Alpine catchments, specifically with temporal variations of sediments transport. His works involves sediment monitoring and sediment sample collection on field, but also sediment tracking with RFID technologies, SfM obtained by drones flights, GIS and multispectral images analysis. Ricardo is collaborating with us in the framework of the SEDIPLAN project.

Enrico Marchese

Enrico is a researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. His research interests are:  geomorphic evolution of rivers at regional scale, climate impact on the fluvial system, river sensitivity and complex systems. His actually collaborationg with us n various research topics.

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