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Villarini Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Posted on April 17th, 2014
Gabriele Villarini on scooter

Gabriele Villarini is originally from Rome, where he says he spent many days riding around on a scooter similar to this one.

IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini has been chosen to receive the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The CAREER Award brings with it more than $500,000 in funding to support Villarini’s project, “Temporal Clustering of Hydrometeorological Extremes” over the next five years.

For more than a decade, Villarini has been an important scientific and academic contributor to the University of Iowa and IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. Villarini’s research has centered around flood hydrology, natural hazards, hydroclimatology, and more. He is particularly interested in the possibility of detecting a causal relationship between human activities and historical changes in the frequency of extreme weather events in the continental United States.

The NSF award will allow Villarini and a graduate student of his choice to better understand this potential relationship and the physical processes contributing to it. The study will focus on the social and economic impacts of flooding and heavy rainfall, high and low temperature extremes, and tropical and extra-tropical storms.

“This research represents a comprehensive step forward in our understanding of the processes responsible for the occurrence of extreme events,” Villarini told IowaNow. “My proposed research aims at examining whether extreme hydrometeorological events tend to occur in clusters, with periods of enhanced activity alternating to quieter periods. Moreover, if they cluster, what are the physical processes responsible for this behavior?”

Villarini has received several awards in the past, including the 2012 Premio Torricelli, awarded by the Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica for the best young Italian researcher in hydrology and hydraulics, as well as the 2013 Hydrological Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award, awarded by the European Geosciences Union.

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