Winter School

GEOframe Winter School GWS2022

10 January 2022
11 January 2022
12 January 2022
13 January 2022
14 January 2022
Start time 
10:00 am
Polo di Mesiano - Via Mesiano 77, Trento
Prof. Riccardo Rigon
Target audience: 
Registration fee
Registration deadline: 
2 January 2021, 12:00
Contact person: 
Prof. Riccardo Rigon
0461 282669
Contact details: 
Lorena Galante
0461 282660

December 20-22, 2021 - Installations and Informatics - Online
January 10 - 14 2022 - Onsite and Online

Scientific Committee

  • Riccardo Rigon,
  • Prof. Giuseppe Formetta
  • Niccolò Tubini
  • Marialaura Bancheri

Organizing Committee

Eng. Concetta D’Amato, Eng. Shima Azimi, Ms. Sc. Martin Morlot, Eng. Daniele Andreis, Eng. Gaia Roati, Eng. Riccardo Busti (the fantastic group of our Ph.D. students)

Organizing Institutions

  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
  • Center Agriculture Food Environment, University of Trento
  • Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean, National Research Council, Ercolano NA, Italy


GEOframe is a system for doing hydrology by computer. By saying that it is a system, we emphasize that it is not a model but an infrastructure that can contain many differentiated modelling solutions (some tens of that) that are built upon models components. This is because GEOframe leverage on the Object Modelling system-framework (v3) that allows to connect modelling components to solve a specific hydrological issue together and having many alternatives for its mathematical/numerical description. This infrastructure allows adapting the tools to the problems and not viceversa. GEOframe has been applied to hydrological simulations from the point scale to large catchments as the Blue Nile, and among those is being deployed to the Po river (the largest in Italy) with great detail. GEOframe is open source and built with open source tools.

Contents of the School

GEOframe contains tens of components that cover rainfall-runoff, evaporation, transpiration, infiltration, terrain analysis tools, interpolation models, calibrations tools, and so on.
The Winter School is about using some of these tools to perform the hydrological budget of catchments. The core rainfall-runoff model is dynamical systems (systems of ordinary differential equations) and the school mainly treats their theory and their use in a contemporary way as summarized in these 7 steps.
Besides the lectures and the hands-on sessions, the Winter School is the occasion for discussion and experience exchange among senior scholars and young researchers.

Workload and credits

The Winter School which is to be held in English consists of 8 hours/day of activities for 8 days.

The first three days, 20-22 of December will be dedicated to the installation of the new version of GEOframe-OMS system tools. Lectures will be brief, dedicated to informatics and the exploiting of the concepts of modeling by components, digital twin Earth and most of the time will be used for supporting participants’ installations.

Participants' Background

PhD students and postdoctoral students, young researchers willing to learn to use the GEOframe tools envisioned to estimate all the components of the hydrological cycle (rainfall, evapotranspiration, snow-melting, and river discharge).

The other five days (10-14 January) will cover:
•    Catchment and Hydrologic Response Unit delineation
•    Meteorological variables interpolation with Kriging techniques
•    Simple evapotranspiration methods
•    Rainfall-Runoff modelling (as explained in these 7 steps)

Location & Timing

University of Trento Polo Mesiano, H1 and L1 Room and Online. The three days on informatics and installations will be online. The others are online and onsite. The time schedule will be 9-13 and 14-18 CET each of the days. Lectures and workouts will be recorded and immediately post on the VIMEO Channel of the School and therefore they could be followed offline. A special agreement will be arranged for supporting abroad students with fuse issues.

Participation costs

Registration deadline January 2, 2022, 12 p.m. (Italian time).

Subscription to the class is necessary for anyone to receive the information to participate.

Admissions are reserved to up to 30. The students at the University of Trento will be admitted to the School on a supernumerary basis.

The days in December will be held only on-line through Zoom.

A maximum of 15 people may attend the January days in person. In any case it will be possible to follow the School on-line through Zoom.

For those who want the certificate, the Course costs 180 Euros (free of “VAT tax” as art. 10 DPR 633/72). In any case, the certificate is issued after the presentation of a small project of simulations for which appropriate tutoring will be given during and after the School.

The cost is free for:

  • students of the Hydrological Modelling Classes at the University of Trento,
  • Ph.D. students of the University of Trento DICAM and C3A programs,
  • the participants of the WATZON PRIN project,
  • members of the Young Hydrological Society of the Italian Hydrological Society
  • all who want to participate without having a certificate of GEOframe proficiency.


For further information write to: abouthydrology [at] or to the Secretary of the Class Lorena Galante, lorena.galante [at]

Other information

The GWS2021 talks and labs will be recorded and made publicly available during the School for self-training through the GEOframe blog.