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Piemontese's research aims at improving the estimation of freshwater consumption from various land and water use and exploring potential sustainable pathways of agriculture in the future. His intention is to propose a holistic approach to face the environmental challenges addressed by the Planetary Boundaries framework, investigating the effect of alternative agricultural systems on the ecosystem from a hydrological perspective.
Piemontese holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Engineering from the University of Genoa. He spent nine months in Spain (Universitat de Barcelona and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) working as a junior researcher on hydrological modelling in the framework of of the European project DRIHM (Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology). After his studies Piemontese worked for one year at the United Nation Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in the UNITAR's Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) contributing to the development of a global early warning system for floods.
Piemontese's interests range from alternative agricultural systems (natural agriculture, permaculture etc.), to ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and general human-water-vegetation interactions.
Research news | 2019-05-02
Preserving the worlds’ wetlands requires addressing social and environmental challenges. Researchers identify challenges for specific wetlands to see how they interact with the Sustainable Development Goals
Piemontese, L., Fetzer, I., Rockström, J., Jaramillo, F.
2019 - Journal / article
Projections of global warming in Africa are generally associated with increasing aridity and decreasing water availability. However, most freshwater assessments focus on single hydroclimatic indicators (e.g., runoff, precipitation, or aridity), lacking analysis on combined changes in evaporative demand, and water availability on land. There remains a high degree of uncertainty over water implications at the basin scale, in par...
Jaramillo, F., Desormeaux, A., Hedlund, J., Jawitz, J.W.. Clerici, N., Piemontese, L., et. al.
2019 - Journal / article
Wetlands are often vital physical and social components of a country’s natural capital, as well as providers of ecosystem services to local and national communities. We performed a network analysis to prioritize Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for sustainable development in iconic wetlands and wetlandscapes around the world. The analysis was based on the information and perceptions on 45 wetlandscapes worldwide by 4...