Academic Year 2019/2020 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff: Daniela Vanella
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: AGR/08 - Agricultural hydraulics and watershed protection
Course Language: Italian
Taught classes: 28 hours
Exercise: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The main aim of the course is to provide scientific and technical knowledge on soil bioengineering. The course provides criteria for river and slope restoration by soil bio engineering techniques, with particularly reference to small mountain catchments. Specific topics on the use of native plants and principles of river restoration in Mediterranean environments. Reclamation of water courses and use of natural treatment systems (constructed wetland, lagoons, etc.)

Course Structure

The course is articulated in lectures and lab training sessions. Video projector during lectures and labtop for training session with specific softwares will be used.

Technical seminars with invited speakers (technicias) will be performed.

Detailed Course Content

The course is articulated in lectures and applied sessions. Main topics: small mountain watersheds; modelling floods in small watershed and measures to mitigate flood effects on river and streams and to restore small watersheds; environmental impact assessment methodologies and techniques to mitigate environmental impacts of some hydraulic facilities (dams, weir, embankment, etc.); water erosion on slopes and soil bio-engineering control techniques, use of native plants in soil bioengineering. Renaturation, Rehabilitation and Ecological Reconstruction of streams, rivers and shorelines. Techniques for watercourse reclamation: vegetated buffer zones, reconstructed and contructed wetland, 

Textbook Information

  1. Lecture Notes distributed during the course
  2. Ferro V. Opere di sistemazione idraulico-forestali Ed. McGrawHill, 2019 (I edizione).
  3. Ferro V. La sistemazione dei bacini idrografici. Ed. McGraw-Hill, 2006 (II edizione).
  4. Ferro V. Elementi di idraulica e idrologia per le scienze agrarie, ambientali e forestali Ed. McGraw-Hill, 2013.
  5. Meinhard Schiechtl H., Stern R.. Ingegneria naturalistica. Manuale delle costruzioni idrauliche. Edizioni ARCA, 1997.
  6. Manuali APAT. Atlante delle opere di sistemazione dei versanti, Roma, n.10/2002 (
  7. Manuali APAT. Atlante delle opere di sistemazione fluviale, Roma, n.27/2003 (
  8. Manuali APAT. Atlante delle opere delle opere di sistemazione costiera , Roma, n.44/2007  (