Alberto Viglione

Associate Professor
Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center SmartData@PoliTO - Big Data and Data Science Laboratory


Research interests

Flood hydrology
Water resources


Alberto Viglione is an Associate Professor at the Politecnico of Turin since 2019. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from the Politecnico of Turin in Environmental Engineering with a thesis on "Turbulence structures in the canopy layer''. In the years 2003-2004, he received a scholarship on the theme "Physical and hydrological characterisation of river catchments in Piedmont'', financed by Regione Piemonte (Italy). In the period 2004-2007, he carried out his Ph.D. on the theme "Non-supervised statistical methods for the prediction of hydrological variables in ungauged sites'' at the Hydraulic Department of the Politecnico of Turin. In 2009 he received the AMGA price for the best Ph.D. thesis on water resources. In the years 2007-2018, he worked as Research Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology in the field of "Flood Hydrology". In 2018 he received the habilitation in Austria as a teacher in the field of "Hydrology" with a thesis entitled "Understanding and Estimating River Flood Hazards across Timescales: from Flood Events to Long-Term Dynamics".

Scientific branch

(Area 0008 - Civil engineering and architecture)

Research topics

  • Characterization of hydro-meteorological extremes - The program deals with issues related to the observation, analysis and modelling of hydrological and meteorological extreme events. The program includes: the statistical analysis of extreme precipitation and discharge events or other variables related to the hydrological cycle; the analysis of the climatic processes that determine the hydro-meteorological extremes; hydrological modeling at basin and regional scales; the study of the impacts on hydro-meteorological extremes of climate variability, the change in land use and the regulation of watercourses; the study of hydrological/hydraulic risk dynamics at event and climatic scales; the development of methodologies for the integration of data from different sources for the space-time characterization of extreme hydro-meteorological events.


ERC sectors

PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment
PE10_3 - Climatology and climate change
PE10_17 - Hydrology, water and soil pollution
PE1_14 - Statistics


Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 15: Life on land


Editorial boards

  • JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY AND HYDROMECHANICS (2019-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH (2014-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL (2012-2018), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • WIRES. WATER (2012-2020), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series


PhD Boards

  • INGEGNERIA CIVILE E AMBIENTALE, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CIVILE E AMBIENTALE, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CIVILE E AMBIENTALE, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO

Courses of Study Boards



MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Master of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Bachelor of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati


Research fields

Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

Projects funded by commercial contracts

Supervised PhD students

  • Luigi Cafiero. Programme in Ingegneria Civile E Ambientale (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Luca Lombardo. Programme in Ingegneria Civile E Ambientale (cycle 38, 2023-in progress)
  • Matteo Pesce. Programme in Ingegneria Civile E Ambientale (cycle 35, 2019-in progress)
    Thesis: River flood characterisation in North-Western Italy: statistical analysis and regional rainfall-runoff modelling

Other activities and projects related to research

Research objectives:
- to understand the spatio-temporal dynamics of climatic, hydrologic and human processes in river basins;
- to decipher the implications of these dynamics on the probabilities of extreme hydrological events (in particular river floods) and their evolution in space and time.

Research strategy (combination of):
- investigation of long time series of observed/reconstructed climatic, hydrologic and human related variables;
- comparative analysis of climatic, hydrologic and human related variables across spatial gradients;
- conceptual modelling of the interconnection of climatic, hydrologic and human processes as a mean to understand what the data say.


Last years publications

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