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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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Wynne Jones Building
Newcastle Upon Tyne


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Changing rate of urban creep and urban expansion over time and its impact upon the hydrologic response of a catchment, Mcdonnell, J., Motta, D. 1 Jan 2022, In: Water Science and Technology
  • The hydraulic characteristics of Roman lead water pipes: an experimental investigation, Crapper, M., Motta, D., Sinclair, C., Cole, D., Monteleone, M., Cosheril, A., Tree, J., Parkin, A. 11 Apr 2022, In: International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
  • Travertine crystal growth ripples record the hydraulic history of ancient Rome’s Anio Novus aqueduct, Keenan-Jones, D., Motta, D., Garcia, M., Sivaguru, M., Perillo, M., Shosted, R., Fouke, B. 24 Jan 2022, In: Scientific Reports
  • An efficient strategy for predicting river dissolved oxygen concentration: application of deep recurrent neural network model, Moghadam, S., Sharafati, A., Feizi, H., Marjaie, S., Asadollah, S., Motta, D. Dec 2021, In: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Applications of soft computing models for predicting sea surface temperature: a comprehensive review and assessment, Haghbin, M., Sharafati, A., Motta, D., Al-Ansari, N., Noghani, M. Dec 2021, In: Progress in Earth and Planetary Science
  • Hydraulic engineering analysis of Roman water infrastructure: a review of practice and possibilities, Crapper, M., Motta, D., Keenan-Jones, D., Monteleone, M. 8 Nov 2021, In: Water History
  • Prediction of channel sinuosity in perennial rivers using Bayesian Mutual Information theory and support vector regression coupled with meta-heuristic algorithms, Haghbin, M., Sharafati, A., Motta, D. 1 Dec 2021, In: Earth Science Informatics
  • River water quality index prediction and uncertainty analysis: A comparative study of machine learning models, Asadollah, S., Sharafati, A., Motta, D., Yaseen, Z. 1 Feb 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
  • The Application of Soft Computing Models and Empirical Formulations for Hydraulic Structure Scouring Depth Simulation: A Comprehensive Review, Assessment and Possible Future Research Direction, Sharafati, A., Haghbin, M., Motta, D., Yaseen, Z. 1 Mar 2021, In: Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering

Getachew Mamo Quantitative methodology for downstream impact evaluation and dam operation optimization: the case of the TAMS hydropower project in Ethiopia Start Date: 01/03/2020

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