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Dr Davide Motta

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

My specialization lies in the areas of environmental hydrology and hydraulic engineering. I have done research on the topics of river morphodynamics, water quality, and hydraulics of ancient infrastructures. I also have experience in engineering consulting practice, mainly focusing on Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) modeling, both in Italy and the USA.

My current research centres on ancient water systems, with focus on travertine deposits in aqueducts as record for understanding the hydrodynamics that formed them, with a view to both obtaining fundamental understanding of depositional processes and providing insights on design criteria, flow operation, and maintenance that could be useful for today’s infrastructures. In addition, the study of ancient water systems is a great opportunity for interdisciplinarity collaboration, which can be beneficial for all disciplines involved.

My other research subjects are sediment transport processes (for natural rivers as well as urban rivers where sediment transport can affect water quality, e.g., Sediment Oxygen Demand) and bank erosion and meander migration.  

I am also interested in applied research topics of increasing importance for the current engineering practice of H&H modeling, such as effects of climate change on riverine flooding and comparison of different hydraulic modeling approaches (e.g., one-dimensional vs. two-dimensional) for flooding analysis.

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