Dr Diego Panici
Lecturer in Hydrological and Water Quality Modelling
Office hours: I have an open door policy. However, the CREWW building has an open plan working space and there may be times when I have a busy schedule and not be available. To help you secure a time slot with me and a private space in CREWW, please use one of the following links: If there is no date/time that works with you (or if the request is urgent), please feel free to drop me an email.
I have an open door policy. However, the CREWW building has an open plan working space and there may be times when I have a busy schedule and not be available. To help you secure a time slot with me and a private space in CREWW, please use one of the following links:
If there is no date/time that works with you (or if the request is urgent), please feel free to drop me an email.
I am a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a strong interest in hydraulics and hydrology, especially with applications to riverine processes to investigate the effects to river geomorphology, infrastructures (e.g. bridges), and water resources. I developed a strong interest in water during my BSc(hons) and my MSc in Rome, where I studied how to satisfy water demand for drought-prone areas and how to model flood risk to heavily urbanised areas.
In 2014 I started an integrated PhD at the University of Southampton within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, where I investigated the accumulation of large woody debris (LWD) at bridge piers and developed a methodology to estimate the size and shape that can be expected for given flow and LWD characteristics.
In January 2019, I joined the University of Exeter as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a variety of topics, that included: estimation of the scour risk at bridge piers with accumulated LWD, landslide-channel connectivity and multi-phase modelling, flood impact on strategic networks with climate projections, adapting water abstraction from rivers under increasing dry conditions.
Since October 2022 I joined the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) at the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Hydrological and Water Quality Modelling.
Integrated PhD in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Southampton, UK
MSc and BSc(hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Università degli studi di Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Engineer with the Italian Engineering Council (section of Udine)
My research interest spans from understanding and modelling riverine processes to management of water resources. Key-topics of my research are:
- Large wood impact on stability of hydraulic structures and flood risk
- River restoration solutions using large wood
- Geomorphological impact of large sediment releases
- Adaptation of water abstractions for resilient river ecosystems
- Micro- (and macro-) plastic fate in rivers
- Employing nature-based solutions to enhance water quality and abundance, and land restoration
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External Engagement and Impact
Italy Made Me Award 2022 for Physical and Engineering Sciences
Best MSc thesis in Engineering 2011 awarded by UniTre
Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice
Member of steering committee and research included in CIRIA SP171 New supplementary guide to scour at bridges
Reviewer and research included in CS 469 Inspection and assessment of scour and other hydraulic actions at structures