Prof. Francesco FIORILLO Prof. Francesco FIORILLO

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SE: Prof. Francesco FIORILLO

Dep. of ScienceandTechnology-University of Sannio,Italy




1988, graduated with honours in Geological sciences.

1990-1994, scholarship  and  researcher  at  National  Council  of Research (CNR), Bari.

-1997, researcher  at  Italian  National  Institute  for  Occupational Safety and Prevention (ISPESL), Rome.

-1999, PhD at     University of Molise, thesis regarding slope instability.

Work experience

2000-2011, researcher at University of Sannio;

-2011→now, associate professor at University of Sannio.

Laboratory and in situ rocks and soils testing, slope instability (triggering factors, mapping, etc.) and hydrological analyses focused on landslide activation, aquifer recharge and droughts, are the main researches carried out.

During 2001 and 2005, he was Visiting researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, working on hydrological topics and landslide triggering mechanisms.

He  is  referee  of  several  ISI  journals  and  for UNESCO (World Cultural and Natural Heritage nominations).

Since 2000 he gives some courses in the Engineering geology field atUniversity of Sannio.

During recent years researches have been focused on karst hydrology and hydrogeology.  In these fields, analyses of time series, drought, and hydraulic behaviours of karst aquifers have been the main topics studied.

He is selected member of the Karst Commission of the IAH (InternationalAssociation of Hydrogeologists).

Many professional consultancies have been carried out, especially on behalf of Justice as expert.

Research Interest

Karst hydrology

Hydrogeology of karst systems

Landslide hazard

Rainfall induced landslides

Major Publications

Fiorillo F.&Guadagno F.M.,Aquino S.&Blasi A.(2001)-The December1999 Cervinaral and slides:further debris flows in the pyroclastic deposits of Campania(southernItaly).Bull. Eng. Geol.Env., 60:171-184.

Fiorillo  F. (2003)  –  Geological  features  and  landslide  mechanisms  of  an unstable  coastal  slope  (Petacciato,  Italy). EngineeringGeology, 67: 55-267.

Fiorillo F.&Wilson R.C.(2004)Rain fall induced debris flows in pyroclastic deposits,Campania (southern Italy).Engineering Geology, 75/3-4, 263-289.

Fiorillo F. (2004) Blue clay slope angle in relation to some geological and geotechnical characteristics, Italy.Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 37: 49-59.

Guadagno F.M.,Forte R.,RevellinoP.,Fiorillo F.& Focareta M.(2005)–Some aspects of the initiation of debris avalanches in the Campania Region: The role of morphological slope discontinuities and the development of failure.Geomorphology,66:237–254.

Fiorillo F., Esposito L., Guadagno F.M. (2007) -   Analyses and forecast of the water resource in an ultra-centenarian spring discharge series from Serino (Southern Italy).Journal of Hydrology, 36:125-138.

Fiorillo  F.  &  Guadagno  F.M.  (2007) Hydrological  condition  leading  to shallow  landslides  in  the  Sannio  area  (Southern  Italy)  –  4°  International Conferenceon Debris Flow HazardMechanism,Chengdu,China,331-339. Millpress, Netherlands,331-339.

FiorilloF. (2009) Spring hydrographs as indicators of droughts in a karst environment.Journal of Hydrology, 373:290-301.

Fiorillo  F.,  Guadagno,  F.M.  (2010)  Karst  Spring  Discharges  Analysis  in Relation to Drought Periods,Using the SPI.Water Resources Management,24: 1867-1884.

Fiorillo F., Doglioni A. (2010) -The relation between karst spring discharge and  rainfall  by  the  cross-correlation  analysis.Hydrogeology  Journal,  18:1881-1895.

FiorilloF.(2011)-Tank-reservoir emptying as a simulation of recession limb of karst spring hydrographs.Hydrogeology Journal, 19:1009-1019.

Fiorillo F. (2011)The Role of the Evapotranspiration in the Aquifer Recharge Processes of Mediterranean Areas. In “Evapotranspiration–From Measurements to Agricultural and Environmental Applications”, 373-388 pp., Published by InTech, Croatia.

Fiorillo  F.,  Revellino  P.,  Ventafridda  G.  (2012)Karst  aquifer  drainage during dryperiods. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. 74(2):148–156.

Fiorillo F.,Guadagno F.M.(2012)–Long karst spring discharge time series and  droughts  occurrence  in  Southern  Italy.  Environmental  Earth  Sciences, 65(8):2273-2283.

Doglioni A., Fiorillo F., Guadagno F.M., Simeone V. (2012)Evolutionary polynomial regression to alert rainfall-triggered landslide reactivation. Landslide, vol. 9 (1), 53-62.

Fiorillo F., Esposito L., Grelle G., Revellino P., Guadagno F.M. (2013). Further Hydrological Analyses on Landslide Initiation in the Sarno Area (Italy). Italian Journal of Geoscience, 132 (3), 341-349.

Revellino P., Guerriero L., Grelle G., Hungr O., Fiorillo F., Esposito L., Guadagno F.M. (2013). Initiation and Propagation of the 2005 Debris Avalanche at Nocera Inferiore (Southern Italy). Italian Journal of Geoscience,
132 (3), 366-379.

Diodato N., Guerriero L., Fiorillo F., Esposito L., Revellino P., Grelle G., Guadagno F.M. (2014) - Predicting Monthly Spring Discharges Using a Simple Statistical Model. Water Resources Management, 28 (4), 969-978.

Fiorillo F. (2014).The recession of spring hydrographs, focused on karst aquifers. Water Resources Management, 28, 1781-1805.

Fiorillo F., Petitta M., Preziosi E., Rusi S., Esposito L., Tallini M. (2014) . Long-term trend and fluctuations of karst spring discharge in a Mediterranean area (central-southern Italy).Environmental Earth Sciences (DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3946-6).