Lake GARDa ENvironmental system
2 February 2017
Trento, 2 February 2017

GARDEN – Lake GARDa ENvironmental system
Integrating monitoring and modelling of water quality and meteo-climatological processes

1st International Scientific Workshop

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, but it is also one of the most unexplored. In particular, almost nothing is known about the transport processes in the lake, which are responsible for the spreading of substances (including pollutants) and, as a consequence, of water quality.

The transport processes in the lake are tightly connected with the wind forcing, which is the result of the interaction of the lake with the complex orography of the region. Moreover, the highly variable bathymetry of Lake Garda produces different transport patterns in the northern deep trunk and in the southern shallow region.

The aim of the workshop is to build a new international partnership for a synergic effort towards a deeper comprehension of the hydrodynamic behaviour of the lake. Such a knowledge is fundamental to understand the biological dynamics (e.g., algal blooms) and to provide practical tools for the management of the lake, including real-time forecasts that can be relevant for the touristic industry.


09.30 - 10.00 Introduction to the workshop

10.00 - 13.00 Short talks on historical, ongoing and planned activities

  • Lorenzo Giovannini, Lavinia Laiti & Dino Zardi (Univ. Trento)
    Meteorology of the Lake Garda region
  • Mariano Bresciani & Claudia Giardino (CNR-IREA)
    Three decades of remote sensing activities in Lake Garda
  • Nico Salmaso (FEM)
    Application of new generation technologies in the study of long-term changes in Lake Garda
  • Sebastiano Piccolroaz & Henk Dijkstra (Utrecht Univ.)
    Designing a field campaign in Lake Garda
  • Francesco Falcieri & Sandro Carniel (CNR-ISMAR)
    Measuring and modelling inland waters
  • Marina Amadori & Marco Toffolon (Univ. Trento)
    Hydrodynamic model of Lake Garda
  • Giulia Valerio & Marco Pilotti (Univ. Brescia)
    Field and modeling activities for deep prealpine lekes: experiences in Lake Iseo and future perspectives for Lake Garda
  • Damien Bouffard (EPFL)
    A real-time model of Lake Geneva
  • Menno Genseberger (Deltares)
    High-performance computing (via skype)
  • Francesco Fatone (Univ. Poly. Marche) & Alessandro Farinelli (Univ. Verona),
    An overview of the H2020 Project “INTCATCH” and the use of aquatic drones in Lake Garda

14.00 - 14.30 Brief discussion about common goals and cration of working groups

14.30 - 15.30 Thematic working groups

15.30 - 16.30 Group report-backs and discussion

16.30 - 18.00 Summary of the scientific questions and analysis of possible funding schemes


University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Trento

  1. Prof. Marco Toffolon
  2. Prof. Dino Zardi
  3. Ms. Marina Amadori
  4. Dr. Lorenzo Giovannini
  5. Dr. Lavinia Laiti
  6. Prof. Alfonso Vitti

Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

  1. Prof. Henk Dijkstra
  2. Dr. Sebastiano Piccolroaz
  3. Mr. Francesco Cassano
  4. Mr. Francesco Lanzillo

Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), S. Michele all’Adige (TN)

  1. Dr. Nico Salmaso
  2. Mr. Luca Delucchi

CNR ISMAR (Institut of Marine Science), Venice

  1. Dr. Sandro Carniel
  2. Dr. Francesco Falcieri

CNR IREA (Electromagentic Sensing of the Environment), Stazione Sperimentale “Eugenio Zilioli”, Sirmione del Garda (BS)

  1. Dr. Claudia Giardino
  2. Dr. Mariano Bresciani

Universty of Brescia, Hydraulic Engineering Group, Brescia

  1. Prof. Marco Pilotti
  2. Dr. Giulia Valerio

Eawag, Aquatic Physics Group, Luzern (Svizzera) &
EPFL, Aquatic Physics Group, Lausanne (Svizzera)

  1. Dr. Damien Bouffard

Deltares, Delft (The Neherlands)

  1. Dr. Menno Genseberger (via Skype)

 Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona

  1. Prof. Francesco Fatone (also at Univ. Verona)

University of Verona, Verona

  1. Prof. Alessandro Farinelli

VU Univeristy, Amesterdam (The Netherlands)

  1. Dr. Hans van der Woerd

Public agencies and consultancy companies

Technital S.p.A., Verona

  1. ing. Alessandro Tittonel
  2. ing. Giselle Lemons

APPA, Environmental Protection Agency, Trento

  1. ing. Andrea Pontalti


Department of Civil, Enviromental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
Via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento, Italy
Aula 2R 



Marco Toffolon
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Meccanica
Università di Trento
via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento, Italia
e-mail: marco.toffolon [at]

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