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Special Issue "Hydrologic, Hydraulic and Geomorphic Modeling for Small and Ungauged Basins"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Andrea Petroselli

Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization (DEIM), Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
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Interests: rainfall-runoff modeling; flood prone area estimation; surface hydrology; GIS Terrain Analysis for hydrogeomorphic applications; hydrological processes monitoring and modelling
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Fernando Nardi

Water Resources Research and Documentation Centre (WARREDOC), University for Foreigners of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
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Interests: hydrology; hydraulic modelling; 2D flood modelling; GIS; geospatial data; Digital Terrain Models; geomorphology; geomorphic modelling; flood hazard and risk mapping and management; citizen science and big data for earth and water science
Guest Editor
Prof. Salvatore Grimaldi

Department of Innovation in Biology, Agri-food and Forest systems (DIBAF), Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
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Interests: hydrological observations; tracers for surface hydrology; river velocity estimation; surface travel time estimation; large scale particle image velocimetry; image analysis for hydrological applications; rainfall measurements; time series analysis; long memory models; linear parametric models; multivariate distributions; copula function; hydrological modelling in ungauged basins; rainfall runoff models; GIS terrain analysis; DEM analysis; geomorphological unit hydrograph; flood mapping; design hydrograph

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modelling approaches are a pivotal component of hydrologic, hydraulic and geomorphic studies devoted to water resources and risk management. Numerical models become crucial when dealing with ungauged basins that are lacking data and observations on physical processes and features, and that represent a significant portion of the world’s fluvial systems, especially in secondary river networks and in developing countries. Analysts are still challenged by the adoption of simplified parsimonious models, characterized by a limited number of input parameters or by the quest for calibration and validation data, which are often also missing. In these circumstances, advanced and sophisticated hydrological and hydraulic models cannot be calibrated with observations, and in many applications, the user can count only on few data sources such as topography, land cover information and low-resolution rainfall data. Lately, new opportunities have arisen from new sources of remotely sensed information that is also linked to informal unstructured data (e.g., social networks), citizen science approaches, and low-cost sensors, among others. Nevertheless, ungauged basins indeed represent a challenging condition for modellers, leading to an uncertainty in the predictions that is difficult to quantify.

We welcome the submission of original and innovative research papers focusing on modelling aspects of hydrological, hydraulic and geomorphic processes addressing water resources management issues in ungauged basins, with the aim of using the available information and reducing the uncertainty in the estimations as much as possible. We expect that this Special Issue will reduce the uncertainty in the determination of design variables linked to water cycle processes and features considered in different hydrologic and environmental processes occurring in ungauged basins.

Assoc. Prof. Andrea Petroselli
Assoc. Prof. Fernando Nardi
Prof. Salvatore Grimaldi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Ungauged basins
  • Hydrological modeling
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Geomorphic modelling
  • Uncertainty
  • Flood prone area mapping
  • Rainfall-runoff modelling

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