Laura Stancanelli


Laura Maria Stancanelli is an Assistant Professor in the River Engineering group of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering.

Her scientific background is mainly in geophysical flows with a track record in the field of hydraulic modeling oriented to civil engineering application. Starting from her PhD, she has been pursuing different experimental activities, exploring a wide range of hydraulic phenomena, namely, the propagation and the deposition of debris flows, the propagation and the mixing of density currents as well as the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of coastal areas. She has also been working on salinity gradient energy harvesting (i.e. fresh water intake from a river and salt water intake from the sea) and on the development of an innovative technique for the measurement of bottom shear stresses by means of ferrofluids.

She holds a PhD from the University of Catania, in collaboration with University of Padua. She has been Marie Curie fellow at Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and ETH Zurich.

Key Publications

Simoni, A., Bernard, M., Berti, M., Boreggio, M., Lanzoni. S., Stancanelli, L.M., Gregoretti, C., 2020. Runoff-generated debris flows: Observation of initiation conditions and erosion–deposition dynamics along the channel at Cancia (eastern Italian Alps). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2020, 45(14), pp. 3556-3571

Stancanelli, L.M., Stagnitti, M., Musumeci, R.E., Foti, E., 2019. Optical measurements of bottom shear stresses by means of ferrofluids. Experiments in Fluids, 2020, 61(2),52

Stancanelli, L. M., Musumeci, R. E. and Foti, E., 2018. Dynamics of Gravity Currents in the Presence of Surface Waves. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. doi:10.1002/2017JC013273

Stancanelli, L.M., Peres, DJ, Cancelliere, A., Foti, E., 2017. A combined triggering propagation modeling approach for the assessment of rainfall induced debris flow susceptibility. Journal of Hydrology. Volume 550, July 2017, Pages 130–143, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.04.038

Lanzoni S., C. Gregoretti, Stancanelli, L.M., 2017. Coarse-grained debris flow dynamics on erodible beds, J. Geophys. Res., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JF004046.

Stancanelli, L.M., Musumeci, R.E., Cavallaro, L., Foti, E, 2017. A small scale Pressure Retarded Osmosis power plant: dynamics of the brackish effluent discharge along the coast. Ocean Engineering 130 (2017) 417–428, doi: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.11.045

Stancanelli, L. M., S. Lanzoni, and E. Foti, 2015. Propagation and deposition of stony debris flows at channel confluences, Water Resour. Res., 51, 5100-5116, doi:10.1002/2015WR017116


Stancanelli, L.M., and Foti, E., 2015. A comparative assessment of two different debris flow propagation approaches. Blind simulations on a real debris flow event. Nat.  Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 735-746,

Laura Stancanelli

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