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Alessandra Capolupo

Alessandra Capolupo
Politecnico di Bari | Poliba · Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, del Territorio, Edile e di Chimica

PhD
Assistant professor, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)

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Introduction
Alessandra Capolupo is Assistant Professor of Geomatics (ICAR/06) at the Politecnico di Bari. Her research interests concern on geomatics, indeed, she focused her attention to the new technologies, such as cartography, photogrammetry, remote sensing, applied to different field of application, like environment monitoring and managment. She developed innovative algorithms and methods exploiting the potentialities of geospatial data to meet such purposes.
Education
March 2013 - February 2016
University of Naples Federico II
Field of study
  • Forest and environmental management

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Publications (59)
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Conference: 41st EARSeL Symposium - Earth Observation for Environmental Monitoring
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Italian territory is characterized by a conspicuous number of cultural heritage sites to be promoted and preserved. Therefore, regional, and local authorities feel the need to identify an economic and efficient solution to monitor their status and encourage their knowledge among heritage and environmental agencies and the business communities. Usua...
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Albedo quantifies the capacity of a certain surface to reflect incident solar radiation. Therefore, this parameter is relevant in environmental and climate studies as it drives both the land surface energy balance and the interaction between surfaces and atmosphere. It can be estimated and monitored at different scales using Remote Sensing techniqu...
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A deep energy transformation will be tried out across the globe in the next decades in order to detect potential green and renewable sources able to replace fossil fuels. Among the various alternatives, photovoltaic technology, recognized as sustainable, clean, and environmentally friendly essence, is considered one of the most relevant solutions....
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Anthropogenic pressure on the coastal areas triggers a shoreline deep evolution, impacting the marine-coastal ecosystem. A specific fact-finding tool should be developed to detect the potential damages suffered by such an environment both qualitatively and quantitatively. Web Geographical Information Systems (WebGIS), developed to store, and handle...
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A proper classification of 3D point clouds allows fully exploiting data potentiality in assessing and preserving cultural heritage. Point cloud classification workflow is commonly based on the selection and extraction of respective geometric features. Although several research activities have investigated the impact of geometric features on classif...
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Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) represent the geospatial dataset core needed to model 3D changes. The optimal dataset must be selected according to the environmental phenomenon under investigation as the offered resolution strongly affects the information level. Nonetheless, high-resolution DEMs are not available for the whole Earth and, when not a...
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Albedo has long been recognized as a relevant bio-geophysical variable to model Earth surface and it was involved in all the climate simulation models. Therefore, the correct modelling of albedo is essential to reduce the error propagation in the prediction algorithms. To meet such a purpose, different methods have been developed over the past year...
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Over the last decades, Earth’s surface has suffered an intense urbanisation process that has impacted Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) and Earth’s surface energy balance. Such a rapid and unexpected phenomenon was not carried out in a sustainable way compromising Earth’s existence in the long term. Therefore, the United States identified 17 Sustainable D...
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The Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon can be harmful during the summer season jeopardizing the safety of some vulnerable population classes. Typically, the study of the UHI requires long data acquisitions using weather stations widely distributed within the cities. To this aim, recent research proposed multi-criteria approaches aimed at quantifyin...
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The well-established spread of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) as high-performance devices in the acquisition of huge datasets has found a fertile field in the geomorphological change detection in coastal areas. The ability to retrieve image datasets with multi-epoch frequency makes them effectively incisive for planning ongoing monitoring...
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The Italian coastline stretches over about 8350 km, with 3600 km of beaches, representing a significant resource for the country. Natural processes and anthropic interventions keep threatening its morphology, moulding its shape and triggering soil erosion phenomena. Thus, many scholars have been focusing their work on investigating and monitoring s...
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Coastal areas have been gradually modified by humans to face emerging social needs. This phenomenon can be traced in the Amalfi Coast (Southern Italy) through the presence of terraces, constructed to make its steep slope habitable and arable. The current research is aimed to investigate the anthropisation process in Minori, and to identify the most...
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Soil erosion is recognized as one of the most relevant environmental issues being the cause of shoreline retreat of about the 70% of coastal worldwide areas. A deep knowledge of the geomorphological changes caused by that phenomenon is a primary concern for identifying a proper strategy to face this problem. The current paper is intended to quantit...
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The state of the art is plenty of classification methods. Pixel-based methods include the most traditional ones. Although these achieved high accuracy when classifying remote sensing images, some limits emerged with the advent of very high-resolution images that enhanced the spectral heterogeneity within a class. Therefore, in the last decade, new...
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Land Use/Land Cover (LU/LC) data includes most of the information suitable for tackling many environmental issues. Remote sensing is largely recognized as the most significant method to extract them through the application of various techniques. They can be extracted through the application of many techniques. Among the several classification appro...
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The aim of this work is to provide a review of the main indoor positioning methodologies, in order to evidence their strengths and weaknesses, and explore the potential of the integration in an Unmanned Ground Vehicle built for tunnel monitoring purposes. A robotic platform, named Bulldog, has been designed and assembled by Sipal S.p.a., with the s...
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The digital twin is among the Top 10 of the strategic technological trends for the period 2007-2019, and it represents a powerful tool for the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage. It reproduces with "precision" a physical asset, thus allowing to investigate its structure and to analyze the deformations that occur over the years. Vario...
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In the field of Cultural Heritage preservation and enhancement, detecting objects quickly and inexpensively, with the possibility of repeating measurements several times for monitoring any deterioration, has become an increasingly significant requirement. The existence of a conspicuous historical heritage across the Italian territory often forces l...
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Timely and accurate maps of land cover changes are crucial for understanding the evolution of Earth's features and, consequently, the relationships between individual and collective needs. Therefore, this information is extremely important to develop future planning strategies and tackle environmental issues. This paper aims to exploit the use of G...
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Frequently exposed to natural agents such as waves, wind, tides, storm activity, seasonal changes and anthropogenic agents, coastal areas are tangibly high energy environments and therefore subject to considerable dynamics. In order to mitigate and reduce the impacts on these areas, different types of coastal protection systems can be implemented....
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Remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) have been recognized as an effective low-cost tool to acquire photogrammetric data of low accessible areas reducing collection and processing time. Data processing techniques like structure from motion (SfM) and multiview stereo (MVS) techniques, can nowadays provide detailed 3D models with an accuracy compara...
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Several tools have been introduced to generate accurate 3D models. Among these, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are an effective low-cost tool to go beyond on-fields effort limits since they allow to fly over areas difficult to reach and to reduce the time needed to collect and process photogrammetric pictures as well. Combining their versatility w...
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Coastal soil erosion can be recognized as the most alarming environmental issue since, causing shoreline retreat, reduces the area available for plant habitat survival, highly influencing their health status, and, consequently, limiting their ability in beach front properties protection. A deep knowledge of vegetation changes is required to identif...
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Remote sensing has been recognized as the main technique to extract land cover/land use (LC/LU) data, required to address many environmental issues. Therefore, over the years, many approaches have been introduced and explored to optimize the resultant classification maps. Particularly, index-based methods have highlighted its efficiency and effecti...
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The phenomenon of the abandonment of terraced landscapes compromises environmental well-being and is a preamble to hydrological instability and, consequently, the collapse of terrace retaining walls, soil erosion, and loss of agricultural lands. These problems will escalate in the coming years because of climate change (CC), especially in areas in...
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Climate changes (CC) are recognized as the most dangerous threat to the long-term Earth’s survival since signals of such phenomenon, such as melting glaciers, sea and soil temperatures, are already traceable, firmly proving the planet warming. For this reason, the scientific community is paying attention to this issue, examining in depth both the c...
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Risk prevention is recognized as one of the most critical aspects of the policies of environmental monitoring. Because of the limited resources and the large amount of structures used for erosion control and slope protection, the Civil Protection and the Italian Forestry Carabinieri are not able to supervise them directly, with enough frequency. Th...
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Producing geographic information has become increasingly widespread over the last few years thanks to the development of new sensors, tools and algorithms, easily to be implemented and user friendly. Nevertheless, the accuracy of photogrammetric outcomes, obtained by automated software instructions and the use of un-calibrated cheap sensors, is oft...
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While climate change impacts affect cities globally, adaptation measures need to be identified and designed locally, since the specific settlement and microclimate conditions determined by the characteristics of built and natural environment play a crucial role in aggravating (or reducing) the intensity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves...
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The study presented in this paper was carried out within the framework of the EU-Life+ EcoRemed project with the main aim of evaluating the effectiveness of a phytoremediation technique (the EcoRemed protocol) developed for field-scale reclamation of contaminated agricultural sites. The methods discussed here should be viewed as a proof-of-concept...
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Terraces are the most distinctive sign of human activity on the shape of the Earth surface. Their construction has increased the soils permeability and reduced the slope gradient of mountains since those territories could be exploited both for agricultural and habitable purposes. Over the last decades, they have been the subject of a quick abandonm...
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The Crapolla Fiord, near to the Amalfi Coast, thanks to its special landscape, can be classified as an example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values, resulting from its outstanding nature and historical evolution. The area hosts the archaeological site of the San Pietro Abbey, built before the 12th centur...
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Since Neolithic, terraced landscapes have been an essential element for moulding mountain or steep slope into habitable arable areas. Over the last decades, they have been subjected to a quick abandonment because of their inadequate economic competitiveness causing a gap in their maintenance and, consequently, incrementing the hydrogeological insta...
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The appearance of the natural landscape of coastal areas has gradually modified by human activities since the end of the II World War in order to address emerging social needs, such as the exponential growth of population, new life styles and wide economic interests. Indeed, about half of European people lives in a range of 50 km from the coast, tr...
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the capability of hybrid poplar (Populus deltoides x Populus nigra) to reduce cadmium (Cd) concentrations in an experimental site of Campania Region (southern Italy) subjected to an illegal deposit of industrial and household waste. We propose to evaluate the efficiency of poplar for Cd phytoextraction by co...
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The long-standing awareness of the environmental impact of land-use change (LUC) has led scientific community to develop tools able to predict their amount and to evaluate their effect on environment, with the aim supporting policy makers in their planning activities. This paper proposes an implementation of the Dyna-CLUE model applied to the Litor...
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Terraced landscapes are largely widespread in Mediterranean area from Neolithic, since their construction has been essential to make mountain or steep slope areas habitable and arable. Among these areas, Amalfi Coast is the most famous zone thanks the uniqueness of its landscape. Over the years, these areas have been subjected to quick geomorpholog...
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The accumulation of non-essential heavy metals in agricultural soils and consequent environmental contamination raises concerns over their potential toxic effects on human health. Unfortunately, over the past years, the Campania Region (Southern Italy) has been subjected to illegal dumping of industrial or household waste. Particular attention is d...
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Biodiversity and landscape management are recognized as crucial pillars of EU policies and strategies in order to ensure the integration of environmental issues with socio-economic needs at the base of human-made changes, in structural and functional terms. Midterm EU’s Biodiversity Strategy (Feb 2th 2016) highlights the importance of biodiversity...
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Contaminated areas represent a crucial concern in contemporary planning all over the world. The absence of shared value for such areas leads to abandonment and soil sealing specially if such areas have lost their agricultural potential. The European Project LIFE/ENV/IT/275 Ecoremed has implemented a protocol for the bioremediation of contaminated s...
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Grassland ecosystems cover around 40% of the entire Earth's surface. Therefore, it is necessary to guarantee good grassland management at field scale in order to improve its conservation and to achieve optimal growth. This study identified the most appropriate statistical strategy, between partial least squares regression (PLSR) and narrow vegetati...
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Historical maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical and territorial research. In this study, the examination of landscape dynamics on the basis of historical maps over a period of more than 200 years was conducted. The study area is Sorrento peninsula and part of the near Sarno river basin in South Italy. Thi...
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Campania Region of Southern Italy has a complex environmental situation, due to geogenic and anthropogenic soil pollution. Some of the pollutants such as copper are mobilized in the organic matter. It has been shown that wetlands provide physical as well as biogeochemical barriers against pollutants. Therefore, the objective of this study was to in...
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The accumulation of heavy metals in agricultural soils is a serious environmental problem. The Campania region in southern Italy has higher levels of cancer risk, presumably due to the accumulation of geogenic and anthropogenic soil pollutants, some of which have been incorporated into organic matter. The aim of this study was to introduce and test...
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In many areas of the world there are contaminated areas due to illegal actions. Naples and the whole Campania region, in South of Italy, are under the pressure of mass media caused by the discover of criminal acts and are now suffering the damage of their image in tourism, culture and agriculture, in addition to problems related to public health....
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Campania region has always been known for the beauty and prosperity of its landscapes. Unfortunately, nowadays, it is in an extremely critical environmental situation. In fact, although it occupies the 18th position in the national ranking of the death rate, it occupies the 1st place in the annual report of male cancer mortality rate and the 3rd po...
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Campania region is undergoing a new and important land use change (LUC). Large areas under tobacco are experiencing a severe economic crisis and cereal areas, especially in the hill, are cultivated with increasing difficulty, with poor economic results (yield value of 2.5 t/ha/year) and under the risk of erosion. No-food crops suitable in these con...
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Campania region is undergoing a new and important land use change (LUC). Large areas under tobacco are experiencing a severe economic crisis and cereal areas, especially in the hill, are cultivated with increasing difficulty, with poor economic results (yield value of 2.5 t/ha/year) and under the risk of erosion. No-food crops suitable in these con...

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The 2021 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2021) July 5 - 8, 2021, Cagliari, in collaboration with the University of Cagliari, Italy, hopefully in Blended form (some present, the remaining on-line), depending on Covid-19 pandemic evolution http://www.iccsa.org/ Description Natural and anthropogenic disasters may have an impressive social, environmental and economic impact at regional/global level. Consequently, resource monitoring and management need the development of techniques and operational approaches which should simplify the extraction, processing and accessing of geospatial information derived from remote/near/close-range sensors. This workshop will be focused on innovative approaches for monitoring natural and artificial resources by means of modern Geomatics techniques. Main topics/Keywords: • Remote and Proximal Sensors for geospatial data acquisition • Systems for Data Processing, Analysis and Representation • Multi-source and integrated approaches for monitoring and management of natural resources • Techniques for 3D data acquisition and objects reconstruction/modelling • Surveying methods for monitoring and documentation of the built environment • Tools for geospatial data sharing • Geomatics for environmental modelling, risk management, and precision agriculture. Organizer(s) Information: Eufemia Tarantino (eufemia.tarantino@poliba.it - Politecnico di Bari) Enrico Borgogno Mondino (enrico.borgogno@unito.it - Università di Torino) Alessandra Capolupo (alessandra.capolupo@poliba.it - Politecnico di Bari) Mirko Saponaro (mirko.saponaro@poliba.it - Politecnico di Bari) Each paper will be independently reviewed by 3 programme committee members. Their individual scores will be evaluated by a small sub-committee and result in one of the following final decisions: accepted, or accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated, or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on April 2021. Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages). Accepted contributions will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) volumes Authors Guideline: Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it. The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of LNCS. For formatting information, see the publisher’s web site (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. Submission: papers should be submitted at http://ess.iccsa.org/ please don’t forget to select “Geomatics for Resource Monitoring and Management (GRMM_2021)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops. Proceedings: Papers accepted to “GRMM 2021” will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP. Important dates: March 28, 2021: Deadline for paper submission April 18, 2021: Notification of Acceptance. May 10, 2021: Early-bird Registration ends. May 10, 2021: Submission deadline for the final version of the Papers July 5-8, 2021: ICCSA 2021 Conference Lab: AGlab
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This Special Issue entitled “Geomatics for Resource Monitoring and Management” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/GRMM) will assemble high-level contributions related to the application of innovative Geomatics techniques for monitoring natural and artificial resources. Natural hazards and anthropogenic activities, possibly related to the ongoing climate change, are strongly modifying the Earth, with social, environmental and economic impacts at both local and global scales. To tackle them, there is a need for novel resource monitoring and management approaches and protocols, aimed at simplifying the extraction, processing, and accessing of geospatial information derived from remote/near/close-range sensors. A wide variety of data (mainly satellite) can be freely accessed through open archives, exploring a time range that makes them suitable to explore the mid-term effects of climate change. Some others may come from new data acquisition projects that are managed directly by users thanks to the substantial advancements in low-cost systems and sensors, for a more punctual and accurate description of limited areas, as well for validation/integration with spaceborne data sets.