Open Earth Monitor — Global Workshop 2023

Luca Brocca

Luca Brocca received the Master and the PhD degree in Civil Engineering in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Since (2009) 2019 he is (Researcher) Director of Research at National Research Council, Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of (CNR-IRPI) in Perugia. Luca Brocca is author and co-author of 180+ journal referred papers, his work has been cited 14600+ time, with H-index=64 with Google Scholar. Luca Brocca actively participates as Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI to several research projects in the frame of Italian and European programs (LIFE+, HORIZON2020), and funded by International Space Agencies (ESA; EUMETSAT, and NASA). Among others, in 2012, he received the “Early Career Research Excellence” award by iEMSs society, in 2018 he has been the winner of the Copernicus Masters competition “BayWa Smart Farming Challenge”, in 2019 and 2020 he has been nominated “Highly Cited Researchers” by Web of Science Group – Clarivate, and in 2021 he won the ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award.
The main research interest of Luca Brocca lies in the development of innovative methods for exploiting satellite observations for hydrological applications (floods, landslides, rainfall, droughts, and irrigation). He developed the algorithm SM2RAIN, a novel concept for estimating rainfall from soil moisture observations.
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Building a Digital Twin Earth for the Water Cycle: State of the Art and Challenges
Luca Brocca

Climate change is profoundly affecting the global water cycle, increasing the likelihood and severity of extreme water-related events. Better decision support systems are essential to accurately predict and monitor water-related environmental disasters and to manage water resources optimally. These will need to integrate advances in remote sensing, in-situ and citizen observations with high-resolution Earth system modelling, artificial intelligence, information and communication technologies and high-performance computing.
The Digital Twin of the Earth (DTE) for the water cycle is a breakthrough solution that provides digital replicas to monitor and simulate Earth processes with unprecedented spatial-temporal resolution and explicitly including the human component into the system. To get the target, advances in observation technology (satellite and in situ) and modelling are pivotal. The workshop will serve the community to assess the state of the art of these technologies and to identify challenges to be addressed in the near future.

OEMC project workshop
EURAC Seminar room 2 & 3