University for Foreigners of Perugia
Fernando Nardi is associate professor at the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy) where he also serves, since 2016, as Director of the Water Resource Research and Documentation Center (WARREDOC). Dr. Nardi’s appointments and institutional duties are mainly related to his coordinating roles as principal investigator of several applied research, internationalization and technology transfer programs in the water, environment and sustainable development sectors.
Dr. Nardi was nominated Italian representative in the Natural Science Commission at the 38th and 39th UNESCO General Conference held in Paris in 2015 and 2017. Since 2018 he is also part of the Coordination Committee of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security established at the Institute of Water and Environment of Florida International University for the Sustainable Communities theme.
His professional and scientific interests pertain to development and application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and hydro-modelling software for regional/urban planning and natural hazard management with specific regard to water resource and flood risk assessment and mapping projects. Dr. Nardi has participated in several international research and consulting projects providing his professional services as geospatial and numerical modelling expert for flood, mudflow and debris flow simulations. He is a senior programmer and European representative for the US flood modelling software company FLO-2D and a researcher with entrepreneurial spirit. Before pursuing his actual academic career, he promoted and founded several applied research, technology transfer and business initiatives and in particular: GISTAR research group at Tuscia University of Viterbo, HAREC (Hydraulics Applied Research & Engineering Consulting) and IDRAN Engineering & technology.
He has published several journal papers, book chapters and conference proceedings on hydrologic modelling, GIS terrain analysis algorithms, 1D/2D hydraulic modelling and geomorphic floodplain mapping. His most recent research interests also pertain to the development and application of novel web-based interfaces and tools, open/big data science, scientific communication, public engagement and citizen science for addressing societal challenges of vulnerable urban and coastal ecosystems with specific focus on protecting, preserving and developing natural and cultural heritage at environmental and climate change risk.
Friday, November 22
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM