Dipartimento di Scienze chimiche e geologiche

Prof. Dr. Giorgio GHIGLIERI, degree in Geology Science (University of Cagliari, Italy), PhD in Environmental Geological Engineering (Politecnico of Torino and University of Cagliari, Italy).
ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6566-7733

He is Associate Professor of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology at University of Cagliari, Department of Chemical and Geological Science. He is also “enabled” for full professor (scientific sector GEO-05 “Enginnering geology”) during the ASN 2016 procedure.
His research concentrates on Hydrogeology and Environment, Protection of aquifers from contaminations, Managed Aquifer Recharge, Aquifer salt water intrusion, Landslide hazard and Desertification. The research activities, since more than 25 years in Italy and Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Benin, Tunisia and Algeria), include different aspects concerning the applied and environmental geology, the groundwater management, mainly in arid and semi-arid areas and the geo-environmental hazard with applications and the use of geographic information system (GIS).
Giorgio GHIGLIERI has been involved in several national and international research projects funded by the European Community, also as team leader. The most important are:

Project and scientific coordinator (2016-2019)
Project title : Progetto H2020 FLOWERED de-FLuoridation technologies for imprOving quality of
WatEr and agRo-animal products along the East African Rift Valley in the context of aDaptation
to climate change. (Topic: WATER-5c-2015 Type of action: RIA). (Grant agreement no. 690378)

Participant (scientific co-responsible for Hydrogeology and Applied Geology items) (2017-2020)
Project title : MAREGOT - MAnagement des Risques de l'Erosion cotière et actions de GOuvernance Transfrontalière”. Founded by the Italia-Francia Marittimo 2014-2020 Cooperation.

Local Advisor for Visiting Scientist programme (2015)
Project title: Using Environmental Tracer Data to Understand Nitrate Contamination in a Coastal Aquifer.

Project and scientific coordinator (2017-2020)
Project title : Hydrogeological studies for the evaluation of the quantitative state of the groundwater bodies of the River Basin District of Sardinia, for the implementation of the River Basin District Management plan in the frame of the 2000/60/CE Directive.

Project and scientific coordinator (2012-2016)
Project title : WADIS-MAR - Water Harvesting And Agricultural Techniques In Dry Lands: An Integrated And Sustainable Model In Maghreb Regions. Funded by EU EUROP AID –SWIM Contract n° ENPI/2011/280-008 - WADIS-MAR (www.wadismar.eu ) Overall objective: Improve living standards of the rural population in arid and semi-arid areas of Maghreb region in which an increasing water scarcity contribute ongoing desertification processes. Specific objective: Achieve an integrated, sustainable and participative water harvesting & water and agriculture management in the watershed Oued Biskra in Algeria and Oum Zessar in Tunisia for adaptation to climate change condition and drought.

Partner scientific coordinator (2012-2016)
Project title : GOBenin: Implementation of national water policies in the Commune of Abomey-Calavi . Objectif général: Contribuer à promouvoir la gouvernance et une gestion efficace de la ressource en eau à travers le transfert de connaissances et d'expertise afin d'améliorer la santé et le développement socio-économique de la population résidente dans le pays ACP. Funded by EU EuropeAid ACP- EU Water Facility.

Project coordinator of UO (2010-2012)
Project title: IDRISK -Pollution risk and prevention of groundwater resources degradation. Funded by Sardinia Regional Government (regional law n°7). This interdisciplinary project aimed at improving knowledge on new methodology for monitoring water quality and for an integrated risk evaluation of groundwater degradation by agricultural activities in test areas of Sardinia.

Partner scientific coordinator  (2012-2015)
Project title: KNOW - implementing the Knowledge of NitrOgen in groundwater. Funded by Sardinia Regional Government (regional law n°7).
The research aims to implement the knowledge on nitrate flow in groundwater. In particular: a) evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of geochemical and isotopic tracers (oxygen-18, deuterium, nitrogen-15, sulphur-34 and boron-11) as indicators for the definition of the groundwater recharge areas and the identification of nitrate pollution sources in NVZ of Arborea and Nurra (Sardinia);b) define, by means of mathematical models, the relationship between agricultural practices and the water quality that contributes to recharge the aquifers; c) test innovative and integrated techniques aimed to define adequate protocols for detection, monitoring and processing of qualitative and quantitative parameters of water resources.

Project and scientific coordinator (2010-2012)
Project title: Integrated water project to improve the socio-economic conditions of rural communities in the Ngarenanyuki and Oldonyosambu Wards (Tanzania). Funded by Sardinia Regional Government (regional law n°19/96). Objectives and results of the action: The project aimed at encouraging the birth of sustainable infrastructures for water distribution and waste water management, improve governance of water resources through financial and technical support in the Ngarenayuki e Oldonyosambu Wards (Tanzania).

Partner scientific coordinator (2006-09)
Project title: Hodh El Chargui: appui aux municipalités rurales pour la sécurisation et la gestion de l’eau. Funded by EU Commission Budget line: AIDCO (ACP-EU Water Facility in ACP Countries). The project aimed to improve condition of sustainable infrastructures for water distribution, management and sanitation, and to improve the governance of water resources through technical and financial support. The activities were carried out in the two Mauritanian provinces of Nema and Timbedgha.

Project coordinator of WP (2002-2006/2007-2009)
Project title: RIADE Integrated research for applying new technologies and processes for combating desertification. Funded by MIUR. A master degree named F-RIADE was associated to the research project activities. This complies with the need for a methodological and technological qualification of the researchers engaged in the environmental sustainable management in vulnerable areas. A Pilot study was identify in Sardinia (Nurra, Alghero) to experiment an innovative approach for the protection strategies of ground water resources, also by applying natural isotopes tracers.

Giorgio GHIGLIERI is currently member of the PhD School in Earth and Environmental Science and Technologies, University of Cagliari. He has been coordinator of the PhD Course in Soil Protection and Conservation, Environmental Vulnerability, Hydrogeological Protection, Università of Cagliari. He supervises a team of some 16 among post-docs, PhD students, research fellows and technicians. He has contributed to several full papers in peer-review journals, short papers in conference proceedings and book chapters. He is a member of the scientific board of the Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari (www.uniss.it/nrd).
He is responsible of the TeleGis and Remote Sensing Laboratory (http://people.unica.it/telegis/) and Applied Geology and Hydrogeology of the Department of Chemical and Geological Science University of Cagliari.
He has been member of several Scientific Committee for the organization of national and international conferences and schools and Chair for the Flowpath 2017, national meeting on Hydrogeology, held in Cagliari on June 2017.
He is member of: IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists) no. 91842; IAHS (International Association of Hydrological Sciences) no. 8534; GEAM (Associazione Georisorse e Ambiente) e della Sezione Italiana Acque Sotterranee col n. 2607; AIGA (Associazione Italiana Geologia Applicata); SGI
(Società Geologica Italiana)
He is reviewer of several international journals.
Applied Geochemistry
Environmental Modelling & Software
Journal of Environmental Management
Journal of African Earth Sciences
Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Tel. +390706757717 Cell. +3933209234153 indirizzo e-mail: ghiglieri@unica.it;

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