Giuseppe Longo Minnolo

Research Fellow
Scientific Tutor: Simona Consoli

Academic education

  • November 2019 – November 2022: PhD candidate in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, University of Catania – Italy. Research project: “ADVANCING IN REMOTE SENSING-BASED MODELS AND METEOROLOGICAL DATA SOURCES FOR IMPROVING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE”. Title achieved with merit, awarded on the unanimous judgment of the Committee;
  • October 2018: Master’s Degree in Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Protection, University of Catania (Italy). Degree thesis: “Spatial interpolation of significant groundwater quality parameters”. Final mark: 110/110 cum laude.;
  • February 2018 – June 2018: Erasmus program KA1 (Mobility for Study), University of Evora – Portugal;
  • October 2016: Bachelor’s Degree in Territorial and Landscape Planning and Protection, University of Catania (Italy). Degree thesis: “The role of deficit irrigation in Mediterranean agricultural areas”. Final mark: 110/110 cum laude.

Academic positions

  • November 2022 – November 2024: Postdoc researcher at University of Catania – Italy. Academic Recruitment Field 07/C1 “Ingegneria Agraria, Forestale e dei Biosistemi”, Academic Discipline AGR/08 “Idraulica Agraria e Sistemazioni Idraulico Forestali”. Research project: “Gestione delle risorse idriche per l'irrigazione in condizioni di disponibilità limitata”. Scientific tutor: Prof. Simona Consoli;
  • October 2021 – April 2022: Visiting Scientist at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria). Research activity concerning advanced remote sensing methods for mapping the irrigated areas under different climate conditions;
  • March – June 2019: Research collaborator at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment Science (Di3A), University of Catania - Italy, within the ERANET-MED project entitled “Water Saving in Agriculture: technological developments for the sustainable management of limited water resources in the Mediterranean area, WASA”. Research program: Application of COSMO model for the determination of agro-meteorological variables for supporting the irrigation management (D.R. .239, 24/01/2019).

Professional qualifications and certifications

  • March 2022: Certified Peer Reviewer Course, Researcher Academy;
  • July 2021: English C1 certificate, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA);
  • December 2020: Professional registration in the Register of Agronomist and Forestry Doctor (n° 533, Province of Messina);
  • May 2020: Qualification as Agronomist and Forestry Doctor (University of Catania);
  • February 2018: GIS – Geographic Information System – Certification, Specialised level.

Awards and acknowledgements

  • Subject expert for the academic discipline “Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protection” (AGR/08) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania;
  • National award “Giovani Ricercatori 2023” for the academic discipline “Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protection” (AGR/08), Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering (AIIA);
  • National award “Michele Stanca 2023” best PhD Thesis for the academic discipline “Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protection”, Italian Association of the Agricultural Science Societies (AISSA);
  • Best paper 2022 “Comparison of orange orchard evapotranspiration by eddy covariance, sap flow, and FAO-56 methods under different irrigation strategies”, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

Scientific collaborations

  • December 2019 – in progress: Collaborator at the CSEI Catania, Centre for the Study of Applied Economics to Engineering, within the projects and assignment entitled: 1) “Implementazione del Piano Idrico Regionale”; 2) “Irrigazione collettiva in Sicilia”; 3) “Analisi del regime pluviometrico del bacino del Fiume Simeto”; 4) “Servizio di monitoraggio pluviometrico ed analisi di eventi di massima intensità di precipitazione presso le aree di cantiere del raddoppio della linea ferroviaria Bicocca-Catenanuova”; 5) “Servizio di analisi delle immagini multispettrali e database geografico dell’uso del suolo con caratterizzazione delle superfici agricole”;
  • February 2019 – July 2022: Collaborator at the CRISAM, Research Center for the Sustainable Development of the Mediterranean Area, within the project entitled “Progetto DOPCILIETNA, sottomisura 16.1 PSR Sicilia 2014-2020”.

Other information

  • Member of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering (AIIA) – 7th section;
  • Reviewer for Agricultural Water Management, Agronomy, International Journal of Climatology, Irrigation Science, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Scientific Reports;
  • Co-tutor of Bachelor and Master’s degree theses at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Italy.

The main research activities are generally aimed at promoting efficient water-saving strategies and meeting policy requirements regarding water use to improve the sustainability of irrigated agriculture. These activities concern:

Precision irrigation

  • Drip irrigation methods;
  • Deficit irrigation strategies and soil conservation practices;
  • Irrigation scheduling using remote/proximal sensing techniques;
  • Monitoring of crop stress (biotic/abiotic) conditions using remote/proximal sensing techniques.

Agricultural and environmental monitoring at different spatial scales

  • Monitoring of land cover using remote sensing techniques;
  • Monitoring of irrigated areas using remote sensing techniques;
  • Monitoring of crop water requirements using remote sensing techniques and climate reanalysis data;
  • Hydro-climatic monitoring using climate reanalysis data.
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