Daniela Molinari

Associate Professor & Department Delegate for communication
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  • Full Name : Daniela Molinari
  • Date of birth : 15 June 1980
  • Role : Associate professor & Department Delegate for communication
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  • Office : Piazza L. Da Vinci, 32
  • Telephone : +39-02-23996206

Associate professor of Hydraulic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and Delegate for Communication of the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Main research activity is related to flood risk assessment and management, with a focus on flood damage (more than 60 publications, including 2 books, h-index (Scopus)= 14). Key role in national and international research projects (14 projects, 3 of which as PI) as well as in research agreement with public bodies dealing with flood risk in Italy. Vice-Chair of the Flood Risk Management Technical Committee of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Editor of the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (EGU).

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Education and Professional Career

Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

2021 -

Senior Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

2015 - 2021

Research fellow, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

2011 - 2015

Doctoral Degree in Hydraulic Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy


Graduation in Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy


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Research experience focuses on flood risk assessment and management. Development of damage assessment tools, with a multidisciplinary approach, is at the core of the research, for both ex-post (on the bases of field investigation) and ex-ante analyses (following a synthetic approach). Investigated sectors include, but are not limited to: residential buildings, economic activities, critical infrastructures and people, both at the meso (municipal, provincial) and at the micro (object-level) scale. Applied research involves the use of developed tools for the evaluation of risk mitigation strategies, e.g. the CBA/MCA of flood risk management plans, the definition of Emergency Plans and Recovery Plans.


14 (source: Scopus)

Publications on International Journal


Number of Publications


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Teaching activity comprises tenure of master classes in Emergency Plans for Hydrogeological Risk within the curricula of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, and classes of Fluid Mechanics at the School of Industrial Engineering (Politecnico di Milano). For additional information visit the official page on Politecnico website.

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International and national research projects

Preparação para as mudanças climáticas e igualdade na província de Cabo Delgado - Preparing for climate change and pursuing social equality in the province of Cabo Delgado (EU – Europeaid)

2021 - ongoing


2019 - 2021

Loss Data Enhancement for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Management (EU prevention and preparedness projects in Civil Protection and Marine Pollution)


2019 - 2021

An Integrated Meso & micro scale Procedure to Assess Territorial flood risk (Fondazione Cariplo). Role: PI


2015 - 2016

Improving Damage assessments to Enhance cost-benefit Analyses (EU prevention and preparedness projects in Civil Protection and Marine Pollution)


2013 - 2015

Enabling knowledge for disaster risk reduction in integration to climate change adaptation (EU FP7 program)


2013 - 2015

stRumentI per la protezione civile a Supporto delle POpolazioni nel poST Alluvione – Development of tools in support of Civil Protection aid to people in case of flood (Polisocial Award, Politecnico di Milano)


2011 - 2014

Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards (EU FP7 program)


2009 - 2012

Monitoraggio Idrogeologico Adattativo a Supporto del Piano di Rischio Integrato Alpino - Adaptive hydrogeological monitoring system supporting Alpine Integrated Risk Plan (INTERREG Project Italy-Switzerland)

Early Warning Systems

2007 - 2009

Integration among technical, communication and spatial planning aspects (MIUR - Ministry of Education, Research and University of Italy)


2006 - 2007

Support on Common European Strategy for sustainable natural and induced technological hazards mitigation (EU FP6 program)


2005 - 2008

strategic research on integration of methods and approaches of hydro-geological risk analyses in order to improve emergency management (Politecnico di Milano)


2004 - 2007

Applied Multi Risk Mapping of Natural Hazards for impact assessment (EU FP6 program).

Research Agreements

Verso una valutazione esaustiva del danno a supporto della mitigazione del rischio alluvioni – Towards a comprhensive evaluation of flood damage for flood risk mitigation (Banca D’Italia) Role: coordinator

2019 - ongoing

Metodologie e applicazioni per l’aggiornamento delle mappe di danno alluvionale relativamente alla revisione del PGRA – Development and implementation of tools for the updating of flood damage maps in the Po District (Po River Basin District). Role: coordinator

2020 - 2022

Valutazione del danno alluvionale a supporto della gestione delle golene chiuse sul fiume Po ai fini della laminazione della portata di piena - Flood damage assessment in the support of flood attenuation for the Po River (Interregional Agency for the Po River). Role: coordinator

2020 - 2021

Modelli per la previsione e gestione del danno alle reti in caso di alluvione – Methods for flood damage assessment and management to infrastructures (Fondazione AMGA). Role: coordinator

2018 - 2019

Ricerca sperimentale sul tema della valutazione del danno da alluvione con riferimento ad alcuni hot-spot sul territorio valdostano - Flood risk assessment in support of the Floods Directive implementation in the Valle d’Aosta Region (Regione Valle d’Aosta)

2014 - 2016

Ricerca sulla previsione, prevenzione e gestione dei rischi idrologici - Forecasting and mitigation of hydrogeological risks (Regione Umbria)

2011 - 2016

Piano di Emergenza Idrica Provincia di Varese- Provincial Emergency Plan for Drought (Provincia di Varese)

2008 - 2011

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