Department of
Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics

Research

Publications catalogue

The publications catalogue of the Department collects the information from ARCA [ITA], the institutional open-access archive of Ca’ Foscari scientific production.
It is also accessible from cerCa, the Ca’ Foscari bibliographic platform.

Working in research

PhD Degrees

PhD Degree is the highest level of academic education. It is a limited admission degree programme and lasts for at least three years. It allows graduates to develop methods and skills to pursue highly qualified research.

Research fellowships and grants

Short-term research fellowships allow Master’s Degree graduates to pursue short-term research (less than 12 months normally) including them in existing projects and research groups.

Research grants allow Master’s Degree graduates and PhDs to pursue research activities at the university or in the projects offered to the candidates.

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Research areas

The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics focuses on the following research areas: biology and ecology, chemistry (environmental, analytical and for the conservation of cultural heritage), environmental engineering, computer science, earth science and statistics.

Transversal topics of research include climate and the socio-economic effects of its transformations, complexity, preservation of cultural heritage, monitoring, risk, security (environmental and informatic) and sustainability.

Research is developed in collaboration with public bodies and local firms. This synergy as well as the multidisciplinary approach make it possible for the department to find large scale solutions for research.

Research centres and groups

The research activities are organized in research centres and groups.
The centres were created to stimulate and coordinate the interactions between complementary research groups on joint research projects contributing and improving the productivity of individuals and groups.

Centres

Groups

Research projects

ECOSS - ECOlogical observing System in the Adriatic Sea: oceanographic observations for biodiversity

Researcher: Fabio Pranovi, Length: 01/01/2019 - 30/06/2021, Grant to the UNIVE: € 105.001,35

The Adriatic sea calls for cross border actions in the field of preservation of ecosystem and biodiversity, one of the main territorial challenges. The whole area is under the influence of climate change and pollution that requires for joint, systemic and integrated management of coastal and marine resources that could be enhanced only adopting a cross-border approach. Challenges related to the health and function of the marine ecosystem needs an innovative integration of ecological and oceanographic research with conservation programmes, across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, linking and integrating the coastal and the offshore areas. A collaborative effort at transnational level is necessary to align the present ocean observing capacities, foster sustainability of marine-related policies, narrow existing technological gaps and sustain the training of the new generation of marine scientists and operators. ECOSS overall objective is the establishment of the ECOlogical observing system in the Adriatic Sea (ECOAdS), shared between Italy and Croatia, able to integrate ecological and oceanographic research and monitoring with Natura 2000 conservation strategies. Building on the facilities, infrastructures and long term ecological data existing in the Programme area and developing specific case studies, ECOSS will enhance the marine observational capacities for improving the conservation status and the expansion of the marine component of Natura 2000 network. The synergies and feedbacks among the main conservation management questions, ecological variables and key oceanographic processes will be assessed, basing on the connectivity among habitats and species in coastal and offshore waters. For the first time in the area, the holistic view of marine ecosystem health, at the base of the MSFD, will be merged with the traditional nature conservation approach, evidencing and developing the interconnections and synergies among the MSFD and H&BD. ECOSS will activate, develop and stabilize a process of Public Engagement so that all the societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole process in order to better align the project outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. ECOSS will develop, building on the existing ICT facilities, a robust data management infrastructure, following the principles of open science, facilitating access to the results and maximizing the re-use and the transferability of project outputs. ECOSS will realize a permanent and stable partnership among different actors in the science-society-policy context, thus producing a real joint management of ecosystem, biodiversity, services and resources that will be crucial for identifying and addressing environmental problems and proper adaptive solutions.


Adri.SmArtFish - Valorisation of SMall-scale ARTisanal FISHery of the Adriatic coasts, in a context of sustainability

Researcher: Fabio Pranovi, Length: 01/01/2019 - 30/06/2021, Grant to the UNIVE: € 391.425,00

The general objective of the project is to strengthen the role of Small-Scale Fishing within the GSA17 (Northern and Central Adriatic), in the Blue Growth context. The project rationale revolves around the fact that innovation, particularly in the fishing sector, means reducing the general unsustainability of the fishing exploitation and moving towards the implementation of an integrated coastal marine management. To do this, it is necessary to shift from a competition to a cooperation model. Within this context, fishermen will be involved in a series of initiatives aimed at increasing their awareness of the need to change approach. Moving from the adaptability and flexibility features of this fishing sector, the project, therefore, intends to propose small-scale artisanal fishing as a paradigmatic element of the new management of marine renewable resources.
As part of the planned activity, a cross-border approach will be developed, involving all the different actors responsible for the coastal zone management process, from policymakers to a scientific committee, to fishermen and other interested parties (such as NGOs).
Strategies to reduce risks and exploit opportunities will, finally, be identified in collaboration with stakeholders, and will serve to strengthen scientific opinions and improve long-term production planning and the policy-making process.


APACHE - Active & intelligent PAckaging materials and display cases as a tool for preventive conservation of Cultural Heritage

Researcher: Antonio Marcomini, Length: 01/01/2019 - 30/06/2022, Grant to the UNIVE: € 349.875,00

APACHE is an H2020 project involving 26 international partners with the aim to develop a cutting edge technology to control and prevent the degradation of cultural heritage. The novel approach is based on three pillars: 1) advanced sensing and absorbing materials to control the artifacts’ environment; 2) modeling to define the thresholds of artifacts’ degradation and to discriminate between the need for preventive or remedial conservation; 3) remote control of the works of art stressors. Moreover, a decision support system will be offered to end-users to guide them through the best solutions for works of art conservation.


RiskGONE - Risk Governance of Nanotechnology

Researcher: Antonio Marcomini, Length: 01/01/2019 - 28/02/2023, Grant to the UNIVE: € 180.435,00

RiskGONE is a H2020 project involving 22 international partners with the aim to provide a state-of-the-art risk governance framework and firm science-based interdisciplinary risk management procedures for nanotechnology, based on a clear understanding of risks, risk management practices, and perception of risk by all stakeholders. The project partners aim to succeed in this task by supporting the standardisation and validation process for Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs) by evaluating, optimising and prevalidating the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and ISO test guidelines, as well as integrating them into a framework for risk governance and a related Decision Support Tool. Ultimately, a transparent and self-sustained Risk Governance Council will be established within the project, which will act as a science-based governance body for ENMs safety.


REFIND: Remote strategies for fossil finding: multispectral images and species distributional modelling applications for large-scale palaeontological surveys

Researcher: Elena Ghezzo, Length: 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2021, Grant to the dept.: € 262.269,00

REFIND is a project Marie Sklodowska-Curie IF (Individual Fellowship) (2018-2021) managed by Ca' Foscari in collaboration with the University of Oregon (US).
The project aims to recover new fossils exposed on desert surfaces, applying high resolution multispectral images by satellites and drones. The resulting maps will be verified in several known sites, where dinosaurs, ancient mammals and whales relatives were discovered, in Oregon, Perù, Niger and Egypt.
Where arboreal coverture prevent the use of surface imaging, Spatial Distributional Modelling algorithms will be applied to selected European species as Late Pleistocene targets of interspecific variability, inferring their distribution in response of modern human spread and climatic conditions. This approach is commonly used for extant species. The method will be applied to extinct species as a proxy to infer possible gaps among the European paleontological record and to organize new paleontological surveys in specific regions.


QUEST - QUality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology communication

Researcher: Fabiana Zollo, Length: 01/02/2019 - 31/01/2021, Grant to the dept.: € 168.430,62

A well-communicated research can realize its fullest potential for the benefit of society. But how do we evaluate good dissemination? How do we measure its effectiveness? What can we do to improve science communication? These are the main questions addressed by project H2020 QUEST “Quality and effectiveness in science and technology communication”. In an interdisciplinary and European consortium, researchers, scholars and experts will work together on three main fronts: journalism, social media and museums. Climate change, vaccines and artificial intelligence will be the three major subjects on the table to investigate further, propose innovative and effective strategies, and develop learning resources and digital tools.


Multiple aspect trajectories representation and analysis

Researcher: Alessandra Raffaetà, Length: 01/03/2018 - 28/02/2022, Grant to the dept.: € 85.500,00

Multiple ASpects TrajEctoRy management and analysis - (2018-2022) is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE project (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange), which involves 10 international partners and it is intended to strengthen an international thematic network. The project is motivated by the growing number of applications, from mobile phone calls to social media, to land, sea, and air surveillance systems, which produce massive amounts of spatio-temporal data of moving objects. The project aims at developing methods for constructing, managing and analyzing holistic trajectories, i.e., sequences of spatio-temporal points enriched with semantic information coming from heterogeneous data sources, such as social media, Linked Open Data, knowledge bases. For example, in the mentioned contexts, the availability of holistic trajectories allows for the identification and monitoring of the different types of tourist flows, the definition of customized itineraries based on tourists' interests, the knowledge acquisition on fishing patterns to enforce fisheries management and conservation measures worldwide, the identification of the routes of migrants and the detection of the presence of suspicious boats.