Federico Antolini

Graduate Student Federico Antolini
218 Jessup Hall
Office Hours: 
T 5:30 - 7:00pm; Th 9:00 - 10:30am
Curriculum Vitae: 


I was born and have grown up in a mid-size town located half-way between the Venetian Alps and the Venetian Lagoon. I have earned a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering at the University of Udin. After a flood event (https://thepalladiantraveler.com/2012/11/09/the-great-flood-of-2010/) hit my region in 2010, I have developed a strong interest in natural hazards and innovative forms of flood mitigation.

For this reason I enrolled at the University of Iowa. Here I had the chance to learn about the soft path philosophy for water resources management and I matured the opinion that soft path strategies can be developed for hazard mitigation too. This is in contrast with the common policy for which, to solve big problems or generate great benefit, we need big works.

After earning a MA in Geography, I am currently pursuing a PhD in Geoinformatics and I am participating to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics.


Research Interests:

I have two main research interests, 1) riverine flood mitigation and assessment of flood-related damage and 2) spatial optimization methods for problems of location-allocation of resources and services.

My current research is related to both these topics. I am looking at distributed systems of reservoirs to understand spatial characteristics and relationships of reservoirs placed across a watershed, as well as their influence on the overall flow regime.


Key research concepts: flood mitigation, flood damage, flood loss, system of reservoirs, spatial optimization, spatial arrangement, location-allocation