Francesco La Vigna

Francesco La Vigna
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) | ISPRA · Department of Geological Survey of Italy

PhD in Hydrogeology

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Introduction
I'm resercher at the Italian Geological Survey, my research interests are related to groundwater issues and dynamics, groundwater resources, urban groundwater and groundwater modeling. I'm co-editor in chief of Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater.
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • I work in the Groundwater division.
January 2017 - July 2019
Independent Researcher
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Senior Geologist - Hydrogeologist
October 2016 - January 2017
Independent Researcher
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Senior Geologist - Hydrogeologist
Education
November 2007 - December 2007
United States Geological Survey
Field of study
  • Groundwater modeling
June 2006 - June 2006
Università degli Studi di Siena
Field of study
  • Environmental modelinig
November 2005 - March 2009
Università Degli Studi Roma Tre
Field of study
  • Hydrogeology

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Publications (100)
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It is always challenging to try clustering cities, but there are very peculiar hydrogeological settings and/or climate contexts, and/or geographical locations, that determine specific groundwater flow characteristics, and thus, it is possible to propose a sort of general classification. Not all climate contexts are considered, but just those having...
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The relationships between cities and underlying groundwater are reviewed, with the aim to highlight the importance of urban groundwater resources in terms of city resilience value. Examples of more than 70 cities worldwide are cited along with details of their groundwater-related issues, specific experiences, and settings. The groundwater-related i...
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Located at an altitude of about 1950 m a.s.l. in a glacial cirque of Mount Vettore (Monti Sibillini National Park - Central Italy), Pilato Lake is one of the few glacial lakes existing in the Apennines. Due to the endemic presence of the crustaceous Chirocephalus marchesonii, the Pilato Lake was in the past mainly studied from the biological viewpo...
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This year, World Water Day celebrated Groundwater with the motto “Making the invisible, visible”. Regardless of this particular recurrence, the one expressed by the motto represents the daily mission of every scholar or professional dedicated to groundwater. What is done through hydrogeological maps, through numerical models, through the developme...
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This study proposes a survey methodology for identifying areas for combined Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) (Dearden et al. 2013, Sharp Jr., 1997); these techniques exploit the hydrogeological and geomorphological characteristics of an area, to increase the natural infiltration capacity of water into the g...
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This study proposes a survey methodology for identifying areas for combined Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) (Dearden et al. 2013, Sharp Jr., 1997); these techniques exploit the hydrogeological and geomorphological characteristics of an area, to increase the natural infiltration capacity of water into the g...
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This century is the “century of the cities”, where rapid urbanization and greater global connection present unprecedented urban challenges and concentrates risk in urban areas making them increasingly vulnerable (Coaffee & Lee, 2016). The need arises for urban planning must be asked to fully incorporate an understanding of the sub-surface into the...
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Nel mese di Aprile del 2020, è stata sottoscritta tra ISPRA, Dipartimento per il Servizio Geologico d’Italia, e Roma Capitale una convenzione di ricerca con l’obbiettivo di sistematizzare il monitoraggio delle acque sotterranee cittadine.
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This paper describes a forensic investigation of groundwater in an urban context in Italy. The present case study was conducted to detect the hydraulic flow path between a sportfishing pond and a nearby industrial plant’s contaminated groundwater site. The investigation was performed to evaluate the potential for diffusion of contaminants through g...
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The aim of this work is to contribute to the hydrogeological knowledge regarding the southern Middle Tiber Valley focusing on the continental and marine units that fill the Paglia-Tiber graben in the northern Latium Region (central Italy). An important hydrogeological survey was performed in the summer of 2008, and a considerable quantity of piezom...
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Il cosiddetto “Quaderno 5” (Servizio Geologico Nazionale 1995; Quaderni serie III, volume 5), dedicato alle linee guida al rilevamento e alla rappresentazione della Carta Idrogeologica d’Italia scala 1:50.000, è piuttosto conosciuto, anche grazie ai suoi 25 anni di vita, ed è anche stato, almeno parzialmente, preso in considerazione per cartografie...
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Il Servizio Geologico d’Italia di ISPRA (SGI) è coinvolto, insieme ad altri servizi geologici degli Stati Membri europei, nel Programma H2020 GeoERA (luglio 2018-giugno 2021; per riferimento consultare il sito web https://geoera.eu/projects/) e sta partecipando ai singoli progetti denominati FRAME, EUROLITHOS e MINTELL4EU (riguardanti le risorse mi...
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Il Servizio Geologico d’Italia di ISPRA (SGI), nell’ambito di una convenzione (inizio giugno 2018 e termine aprile 2020) con il Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, sta conducendo alcuni studi finalizzati ad accertare le principali variazioni delle condizioni idrogeologiche di alcune sorgenti e corsi d’acqua verificatesi nel territorio del Parco a...
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Traduzione in Italiano del capitolo 7 del libro Groundwater (1979) di Freeze A. & Cherry J. Il testo è disponibile al sito: http://hydrogeologistswithoutborders.org/wordpress/1979-italiano/capitolo-6/
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Il Servizio Geologico d’Italia di ISPRA, in qualità di Organo Cartografico dello Stato e quindi depositario di una notevole mole di informazioni geologiche territoriali, organizzate anche in banche dati, cura la produzione di varia cartografia geologica e geotematica, in buona parte consultabile on-line dal Portale del Servizio Geologico (http://sg...
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This paper presents a detailed hydrogeological study of a Rome city sector, in the right side of Tiber River, inside the G.R.A. highway. A hydrogeological model of this city sector has been developed through geologic-stratigraphical analysis also of data provided by the Environmental Protection Department of Roma Capitale (Municipality of Rome) and...
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Groundwater pollution by chlorinated compounds is one of the most common environmental issues affecting urban areas, especially for those with a huge industrial vocation. Even if Rome is not an industrial city, this kind of contamination has been recently started to be detected in the groundwater. In order to better evaluate the presence and distri...
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Il sottosuolo cittadino è un sistema complesso e in rapida evoluzione fatto di gallerie, utenze sepolte, parcheggi e altre infrastrutture interrate che interferiscono con la naturale struttura del terreno e alterano la sua porosità e la sua conducibilità idraulica o creano barriere. Di conseguenza, la gestione delle acque sotterranee urbane pone no...
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L’approvvigionamento idrico locale, nel corso della stori, è stato spesso determinante per l’esistenza stessa e lo sviluppo di un insediamento antropico. Non esiste infatti luogo sulla faccia della terra dove il connubio acqua-civiltà non sia presente. La ricerca idrogeologica storica consente di ricostruire e comprendere, quando non completamente...
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Per chi non lo avesse ancora notato sulla home page del sito della nostra rivista è presente una finestra nella quale si può vedere l’ubicazione sul territorio delle aree trattate nei lavori della nostra rivista.Ovviamente non sempre gli articoli hanno una stretta connotazione territoriale, e spesso si riferiscono ad aspetti metodologici, in questi...
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In December 2013, Rome was selected as one of the first 32 cities to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. 100 Resilient Cities - pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. T...
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Introduzione Oggi, il 54 % della popolazione mondiale vive in aree urbane, una percentuale che dovrebbe aumentare al 66 % entro il 2050, aggiungendo quindi altri 2,5 miliardi di persone alle popola-zioni urbane entro quella data. La gestione e il controllo delle aree urbane è diventata quindi una delle più importanti sfide dello sviluppo nel 21° se...
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Introduzione Oggi, il 54 % della popolazione mondiale vive in aree urbane, una percentuale che dovrebbe aumentare al 66 % entro il 2050, aggiungendo quindi altri 2,5 miliardi di persone alle popola-zioni urbane entro quella data. La gestione e il controllo delle aree urbane è diventata quindi una delle più importanti sfide dello sviluppo nel 21° se...
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Most of the large urban areas, especially those with a strong industrial vocation, present important contamination of organohlaogenated compunds. Even in the City of Rome, although it has a very limited industrial development, some sites interested by this kind of contamination have been notified in recent years. The distribution of these sites is...
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The largely invisible world of groundwater is involved in many aspects of a city life: water supply systems, sewage, surface-water features, the health of plants and trees, flood potential, and drought events. Recently, groundwater has been recognized as a cornerstone in the resilience of the cities (Tanner et al. 2009). Under this perspective, map...
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The City of Rome is annually affected by flooding as a result of various important meteorological events that over the years, probably because of the ongoing climate change, are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. This is associated with an artificial drainage network not very efficient, both for the bad state of maintenance and f...
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La tesi descrive la proposta di riorganizzazione della sala operativa di protezione civile di Roma Capitale sul modello di Rio de Janeiro. Rio infatti dal 2010 ha realizzato la COR (Centro de Operacoes) una avanzatissima centrale operativa in cui tutti gli organismi che contribuiscono alla normale attività cittadina controllano H24 la città attrave...
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With respect to model parameterization and sensitivity analysis, this work uses a practical example to suggest that methods that start with simple models and use computationally frugal model analysis methods remain valuable in any toolbox of model development methods. In this work, groundwater model calibration starts with a simple parameterization...
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This paper describes the contents and the path taken to get to the new Hydrogeological map of the City of Rome. The map, which is the result of a combination of “expert elaborations” and GIS processing performed using the most recent available data, extends to the entire municipality (1285 km2) and is based on both the most recent scientific studie...
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In this paper the hydrogeological setting of Rome is figured out. This setting has been strongly influenced by different factors as tectonic activity, volcanism and seal level variations. The conceptual model of the groundwater flow in the roman area is represented by four aquifers, three of which being overlappingones. These aquifers flow from per...
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This paper emphasizes the importance of groundwater resources of Rome with regard to its protection, and the associated issues. There are different tipologies of interference between human presence and groundwater in the city, ranging from the presence of water circulating inside the thick layers of anthropogenic deposits, the frequent contaminatio...
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This paper describes the contents of the new Hydrogeological Map of the City of Rome (1:50,000 scale). The map extends to the entire municipality (1285 km2) and is based on both the most recent scientific studies on the groundwater field and new survey activities carried out in order to fill the data gaps in several areas of the examined territory....
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In order to realize a groundwater monitoring network in the complex hydrogeological setting of the Roman area, the Contaminated Sites Remediation and Environmental Geology Service of Environmental and Civil Protection Department of Roma Capitale (Municipality of Rome) realized a project aimed to survey all the existing wells which are property of t...
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Groundwater knowledge and mapping wide urban areas is always a challenge for hydrogeologists, because of many interactions occurring between natural processes and anthropic activities, and also the complexity of survey. This is especially complicated in the case of complex hydrogeological setting as in the case of Rome.Rome is located in a extensio...
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The aim of this project is to collect the knowledge of geologists who have already studied the hydrogeology of Rome, in order to realize an updated hydrogeological map of the City. The Hydrogeological Map of Rome, 1:50.000 scale, has been realized starting by data collected in advance. In detail, water table shapes and data collected during previo...
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Chemo-physical characteristics of the Tiber River mouth were investigated in May 2012 during two navigations using a conductivity-meter. Salinity pattern showed a salt-wedge intrusion affecting the whole Traiano Canal branch. The Fiumara Grande one, showed a penetration up to 8.8 km from the mouth. A Fast Fourier Transform analysis was realized on...
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Natural background levels (NBL) of groundwater, are defined as the concentration of a given element, species or chemical substance present in solution of a groundwater body which is derived by natural processes from geological, biological or atmospheric sources. Substances need to be understood in the context of their geochemical setting. This may...
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In order to realize a groundwater monitoring network in the complex hydrogeological setting of the territory of Rome, the offices of the Environmental and Civil Protection Department of Roma Capitale are working to survey all the existing wells which are property of the municipal administration and which are more than 100 units. All these wells are...
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The study area is a quite small site located in a Tiber meander of the urban area of Rome (Ostiense district). The local stratigraphy can be described as follows: base of the alluvial body, about 10 m of gravels and sandy-gravels, covered by 20 m of clays which in turn are below sands and silty-sands; the succession is closed by silty deposits and...
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The wind effect on river water quality was illustrated by means of thermohaline measurements carried out in the Tiber River in May 2012. The survey was carried out using a boat, in stations located in the two Tiber branches: Fiumara Grande and Traiano Canal. Thermohaline variables (salinity and temperature) were used to describe the water-type patt...
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The first step of the application of a groundwater model to a specific site is the identification of the conceptual model. In this paper, a methodology to compare different conceptual models is proposed. Such a method consists in the parallel run of simple groundwater models, based on different conceptual models and in the evaluation of each model...
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In this study, several hydrogeological catchments of Central Italy have been characterized focusing the attention on the presence of areas in which, over the last two decades, the hydrological equilibrium between recharge and discharge (phenomena of marked reduction of spring discharge and progressive drawdown of groundwater levels) has been compro...
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This work presents the preliminary results of a groundwater and geothermal model applied to the hydrothermal system of the Tivoli- Guidonia plain, located in the east surroundings of Rome. This area, which is characterized by a thick outcropping travertine deposit, has been an important quarry extraction area since roman age. Today the extraction i...
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Within the framework of the activities aimed at studying current and future exploitation and the related sustainability of geothermal resources, the Working Group IDROGEOTER was set-up within the IAH Italian Chapter. The first activity of IDROGEOTER‘s workplan is the analysis of state of the art in current use of low-to high enthalpy geothermal res...
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This Map has been realized after 5 years of hydrogeological monitoring in the Acque Albule Basin.