Curriculum vitae


Giuseppe Gambolati received his doctoral degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Turin. His thesis was concerned with the mathematical modeling of the dynamic behavior of a human body seated on an off-road vehicle and involved both theoretical analyses and laboratory and field experiments. The title of the thesis was: Study of the dynamic behaviour of some types of seats for off-road vehicles.

After graduating he joined the Department of Applied Mechanics of the Technical University of Turin as an Assistant Professor. In 1969 he left the University and joined the IBM Scientific Center of Venice with the specific commitment of developing the mathematical model of anthropogenic land subsidence of Venice. Gambolati's scientific career at IBM spanned the period from 1969 to 1980: scientist (1972), advisory scientist (1974), head of the hydrology programme (1976), senior scientist (1980).

In 1980 Gambolati was appointed Professor of Numerical Methods at the School of Engineering of the University of Padua. In 1987 he became Director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics where he promoted the founding of the Department of Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific Applications (DMMMSA), which he chaired until December 1991. Again Chairman of DMMMSA since October 2009 to December 2011.

 Gambolati is the author of 300 scientific papers in internationally refereed journals, books and proceedings, and two books of Numerical Analysis and  Numerical Methods in Engineering and Applied Sciences which are  used as textbooks for both undergraduate and graduate courses. With Pietro Teatini he is the co-author of the book “VENICE SHALL RISE AGAIN”, Elsevier, 100 pp, 2014.  He was Chairman  of the VIII International Conference on "Computational Methods in Water Resources" (Venice, June 11-15, 1990) and the Principal Editor of the related proceedings published by Springer-Verlag. He also co-chaired the International Symposium on "Advanced Methods for Groundwater Pollution Control" (Udine, May 5-6, 1994) and the Sixth Intenational Symposium on "Land Subsidence" (Ravenna, September 24-29, 2000), and co-edited the corresponding proceedings. He is a current Reviewer for AES, CAS, CMAME, CNME, EEG, EG, EHS, IJNAMG, IJNME, IJNMF,IJOG, NMPDE, TIPM and WRR and  has delivered several invited lectures in international and national conferences, symposia and workshops.

Gambolati is member of several international associations and serves, or has served, as Associate Editor or Member of the Editorial Board of renowned international journals including Advances in Water Resources, Transport in Porous Media, Environmental Software, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations and International Journal of Geomechanics. He was Scientific Director (1997-2002) of the journal IGEA  (Groundwater Geo-engineering) and member of the Scientific Applications Working Group of the HPC Advisory Committee with the aim to advise the Commission of the European Communities on the action to be undertaken in the domain of High Performance Computing. He was also a member of the initial Working Group of the CRS4 (Centro Ricerche e Sviluppo  Studi Superiori in Sardegna) where he developed the project on "Contamination Modeling of Coastal Aquifers" that he followed until 2000.  From 2003 to 2008 he was  a member of the administration board of CORILA (consorzio per la gestione del centro di coordinamento delle attività inerenti il sistema lagunare veneziano) and is currently a member of the IAHS/UNESCO-IHP Working Group on "Land Subsidence".

He was the recipient of the 2008 IACMAG (International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics) excellent contributions award for “significant contributions in research, academic activities and professional service in different regions of the globe”. In 2011 he was elected FELLOW of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for “his unique and seminal contributions to geomechanical aspects of subsurface fluid flow”. He was also appointed “Commendatoreof the order to the merit of the Italian Republic by the President Giorgio Napolitano.

Gambolati has long been consultant to national and international subsurface hydrologic and geomechanical programmes, including programmes funded by Regional Governments (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Municipalities (Ravenna), the National Electricity Board (ENEL), the Italian oil company (ENI-E&P) and the largest European operator in the gas storage (STOGIT). He has coordinated the EU environmental projects CENAS (Coastline Evolution of the Upper Adriatic Sea Due to Sea Level Rise and Natural and Anthropogenic Land Subsidence) and RACOS (Radionuclide Contamination of Soil and Groundwater at the Lake Karachai Waste Disposal Site (Russia) and the Chernobyl Accident Site (Ukraine): Field Analysis and Modeling Study). He is the author of several numerical modeling studies including those of land subsidence of Venice, Chioggia  and Ravenna; of subsurface resources of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region; of dewatering for the electro-nuclear plant of Trino Vercellese in the Piemonte Region; and of saltwater intrusion in the coastal aquifer of the Gioia Tauro plain in the Calabria Region. Upon request of the Italian Ministry of Environment, he performed along with his research team the modeling study  of anthropogenic  land subsidence of  the Northern Adriatic coastland due to gas production with the results used by the Italian Minister of Environment to issue the decree which addresses  gas withdrawal in the area ("Decreto Ronchi" of December 1999) . He is presently involved in 1- data assimilation in geomechanics, 2- numerical modeling of anthropogenic land subsidence over oil/gas fields to be developed in Italy, 3- land motion, fault activation and seismic risk analysis due to UGS (Underground Gas Storage) activity in depleted gas fields of the Po river plain, 4-  a project of anthropogenic Venice uplift by sea water injection in a sandy formation 650-1000 m deep below the lagoon.

His research and professional activity are mainly concerned with studies of natural and anthropogenic land subsidence, groundwater flow, and subsurface contaminant transport, and the development, validation and implementation  of the corresponding numerical methods and models in real world problems. Dr. Gambolati has contributed original computational algorithms and innovative engineering and environmental approaches to each of the aforementioned fields.