Prof.Paolo Tarolli Prof.Paolo Tarolli

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Prof.Paolo Tarolli


University of Padova Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry

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2006 Ph.D. Environmental watershed management and geomatics, University of Padova, Italy

2002 M.Sc. Hydro­geological hazard assessment and mitigation, University of Padova, Italy

2001 B.Sc. Forest and Environmental Sciences, University of Padova, Italy

Research Interests:

Geomorphology, geomorphometry, hydrology, natural hazards, landslides, Earth surface processes analysis, human-Earth interactions, LiDAR, Remote Sensing, GIS.


2013   Visiting Professor: China University of Geosciences in Beijing (P.R. China).(web-page)

2013 Adjunct Professor: Earth Sciences Department, National Cheng Kung University (Chinese Taipei)

2011-present Assistant Professor: Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova (Italy)

2011-2012    Visiting Scholar: Disaster Prevention Research Center, National Cheng Kung University (Chinese Taipei)

2011  Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

2010  Visiting Scholar: Geography Department, National Taiwan University (Chinese Taipei)

2010   Marie Curie Fellow at the level of Experienced Researcher. Institute of Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)

2009-2013  Adjunct Professor. Marche Polytechnic University (Italy)

2008  Visiting Scholar: Civil Engineering Dept. and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA 2006

2006-2010  Research Associate. Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova (Italy)

2005 Visiting Scholar: Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., Utah State University, USA

Professional membership

2005 ­present American Geophysical Union,

2012 ­present Asian Oceania Geosciences Society,

2011 ­present British Society for Geomorphology,

2006 ­present European Geosciences Union,

2005 ­present Geological Society of America,

2012 ­present Italian Society of Agricultural Engineering

Service activities

Editor: NHESS (natural Hzards and Earth System Sciences)

Convener and Chairman: EGU General Assembly (2011, 2012, 2013), AGU Fall Meeting (2007) –

Director: EGU Summer School 2013 “Understanding Earth-­‐Surface Processes in the Alpine Environment from High Resolution Topography” (


Rural hydraulics (48hr, 6FU)
Integrated watershed management (48hr, 6CFU, 6 ECTS)
Digital terrain analysis (50hr, 3 credit)
Watershed management (54hr, 6CFU)


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1. Ali,G.,Birkel,C.,Tetzlaff,D.,Soulsby,C.,McDonnell,J.J.,Tarolli,P.(2013). A comparison of wetness indices for the prediction of connected saturated areas under contrasted conditions. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, ISSN: 1096­9837, doi:10.1002/esp.3506.

2. Sofia, G., Dalla Fontana, G., Tarolli, P. (2013). High­resolution topography and anthropogenic feature extraction: testing geomorphometric parameters in floodplains. Hydrological Processes, ISSN: 0885­6087, doi:10.1002/hyp.9727.

3. Tarolli, P.  (2013). Book Review:The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2553–2554,  ISSN:1561­8633, doi:10.5194/nhess­13­2553­2013.

4. Tarolli, P. (2013). Book Review: Natural Hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2551–2552, ISSN: 1561­8633, doi:10.5194/nhess­13­2551­2013.

5. Mutzner, R., Bertuzzo, E., Tarolli, P., Weijs, S.V., Ceola, S., Tomasic, N., Rodriguez­Iturbe, I., Parlange, M.B., Rinaldo, A. (2013). Geomorphic Signatures on Base low Recessions, Water  Resources  Research, 49(9), 5462­5472, ISSN: 0043­1397, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20417.

6. Sofia, G., Pirotti, F., Tarolli, P. (2013). Variations  in multiscale curvature distribution and signatures of LiDAR DTMs errors. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38(10), 1116–1134, ISSN: 1096­9837, doi:10.1002/esp.3363.

7 . Chirico,  G.B., Borga, M., Tarolli, P., Rigon, R., Preti F. (2013). Role of Vegetation on Slope Stability under Transient Unsaturated Conditions. Procedia Environmental Sciences,  19, 932­41,ISSN: 1878-0296, doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2013.06.103.

8. Tarolli, P., Cavalli., M. (2013). High resolution topography for Earth Surface Processes analysis. European Journal of Remote Sensing, 46, 60­64, ISSN: 2279­7254, doi:10.5721/EuJRS20134604.

9. Tarolli, P., Calligaro, S., Cazorzi, F., Dalla Fontana, G. (2013). Recognition   of surface flow processes influeced by roads and trails in mountain areas using high ­resolution topography, European Journal of Remote Sensing, 46,176­97, ISSN: 2279­7254, doi:10.5721/EuJRS20134610. (Editorial)

10. Luca, C., Baldassi, G., Bondesan, A., Calligaro, S., Carton, A., Cazorzi, F., Dalla Fontana, G., Francese, R., Guarnieri, A., Milan, N., Moro, D., Tarolli, P. (2013). Current behavior and dynamics of the lowermost Italian lacier (Montasio Occidentale, Julian Alps). Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, ISSN: 1468­0459, doi: 10.1111/geoa.12002.

11. C.‐M.,Tseng,Y.-H., Fei, L.-Y.,  Hsieh, Recognition of large scale deep­seated landslides in forest areas of Taiwan using high resolution topography. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 62, 389-­‐400, ISSN: 1367­9120, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2012.10.022.

12. Cazorzi,F., Dalla Fontana, G., De Luca, A., Sofia, G., Tarolli, P. (2013). Drainage network detection and assessment of network storage capacity in agrarian landscape. Hydrological

Processes, 27(4),  541­553, ISSN: 0885­6087,  doi:10.1002/hyp.9224.

13. Lanni, C., Borga, M., Rigon, R., and Tarolli, P. (2012). Modelling shallow landslide susceptibility by means of a subsurface flow path connectivity index and estimates of soil depth spatial distribution. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci.,16, 3959­3971,  ISSN: 1027­5606, doi:10.5194/hess­16­1­2012.

14. Tarolli, P., Borga., M., Morin, E., Delrieu G. (2012). Analysis of flash flood regimes in the North­Western and South­Eastern Mediterranean regions. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 1255­1265, ISSN: 1561­8633, doi:10.5194/nhess­12­1­2012.

15. Tarolli, P., Sofia, G., Dalla Fontana, G. (2012). Geomorphic features extraction from high resolution topography: landslide crowns and bank erosion. Natural Hazards, 61, 65­83, ISSN: 0921­030X, doi:10.1007/s11069­010­9695­2.

16. Pirotti, F., Grigolato, S., Lingua, E., Sitzia, T., Tarolli, P.(2012). Laser Scanner Applications in Forest and Environmental Sciences. Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, 44(1), 109­123, doi:10.5721/ItJRS 20124419, ISSN: 1129­8596. (Review)

17. Tarolli, P., Borga., M., Chang, K.T., Chiang, S.H. (2011). Coupling analysis of rainfall scaling properties and topographic information to model shallow landsliding susceptibility. Geomorphology, 133, 199­211, ISSN: 0169­555X, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.02.033.

18. Sofia, G., Tarolli, P., Cazorzi, F.,Dalla Fontana, G. (2011). An objective approach for feature extraction: distribution analysis and statistical descriptors for scale choice and channel network identification. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1387­1402, ISSN: 1027­5606, doi:10.5194/hess­15­‐1387­2011.

19. Orlandini, S., Tarolli, P., Moretti, G., Dalla Fontana, G. (2011). On the prediction of  channelheads  in a complex alpine terrain using gridded  elevation data. Water Resources Research, 47, W02538, ISSN: 0043­1397, doi:10.1029/2010WR009648.

20. Cavalli, M., Tarolli, P. (2011). Application of LiDAR technology for rivers analysis.  Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment, Special Issue 1, 33­44, ISSN 1825­  6635, doi:10.4408/IJEGE.2011­01.S­03. (Review)

21. Passalacqua, P., Tarolli, P., Foufoula­Georgiou, E. (2010). Testing space­scale methodologies for automatic geomorphic feature extraction from LiDAR in a complex mountainous landscape, Water Resources Research, 46, W11535, ISSN:  0043­1397, doi:10.1029/2009WR008812.

22. Pirotti, F., Tarolli, P. (2010). Suitability of LiDAR point density and  derived landform curvature maps for channel network extraction. Hydrological Processes, 24, 1187­1197,  SSN: 0885­6087,  doi:10.1002/ hyp.7582.

23. Tarolli, P., Arrowsmith, J R., Vivoni, E.R. (2009). Understanding earth surface processes from remotely sensed digital terrain models. Geomorphology, 113, 1­3, ISSN: 0169­555X, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph. 2009.07.005. (Editorial)

24. Tarolli, P., Dalla Fontana, G. (2009). Hillslope­to­valley  transition morphology: new opportunities from high resolution DTMs. Geomorphology, 113, 47­56, ISSN: 0169­555X,

doi:10.1016/j.geomorph. 2009.02.006.

25. Vianello, A., Cavalli, M., Tarolli, P. (2009). LiDAR­derived slopes for headwater channel

Network analysis, Catena, 76, 97­106,  ISSN: 0341­8162, doi:10.1016/j.catena.2008.09.012.

26. Cavalli, M., Tarolli, P., Marchi, L., Dalla Fontana, G. (2008). The effectiveness of airborne LiDAR data in the recognition of channel bed morphology. Catena, 73, 249­260, ISSN: 0341­8162, doi:10.1016/ j.catena.2007.11.001.

27. Tarolli,  P., Borga, M., Dalla Fontana, G. (2008). Analyzing the influence  of upslope bedrock outcrops on shallow landsliding. Geomorphology, 93, 186­200, ISSN: 0169­555X, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph. 2007.02.017.

28. Tarolli, P., and Tarboton, D.G. (2006).  A New Method for Determination of Most Likely

Landslide Initiation Points and the Evaluation of Digital Terrain Model Scale in Terrain Stability Mapping. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 663­677,  ISSN:1027­5606, doi:10.5194/hess­10­663­2006.