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Ungaro Fabrizio

Via Madonna del Piano, 10
50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Fi) - Italia
Tel.  +39 055 5226557
Fax. +39 055 5226550
Mail f.ungaro(at)ibimet.cnr.it – fabrizio.ungaro(at)cnr.it

Reserach Interests
Environmental and applied soil physics;  Simulation models for water-heat, solutes and pollutants transport in structured soils; Indirect methods for estimating soil physical and hydrological properties: pedotransfer rules and functions, statistical networks, neural networks; Probabilistic and deterministic modelling for natural resources characterisation, evaluation and planning; Pedometrics for soil characterisation, analysis, prediction and mapping; Regionalized variables analysis applicable to agricultural research and field technology; Integration of soil related aspects of land management into microeconomic analysis of farming systems for multi-functionality assessment; Landscape and ecosystem services assessment and mapping.


Curriculum  Vitae
Born in Rome, Nov.  15th 1965

1991 M. Sc. Degree with full marks in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, University of Florence, Italy. Final dissertation in Tropical and Subtropical Pedology: "Pedogenesis and Vertisols formation on the Ewaso N’giro- NE Kenya”.

1994: Post graduate researcher - Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Dpt., Univ. of Florence, Italy - EEC Research Contract STD3-CT92-0076 "Land Resources Inventory, Environmental Changes Analyses and Their Application in the Abaya Lake Region - Ethiopia".

1995: Ph.D. in Soil Science, University of Florence - Dissertation: "Probabilistic Approaches and Geostatistical Models for Detection, Monitoring and Cartography of Saline and Alkali Soils in the Albegna River Plain - South Tuscany".

1995 - 1996: OECD Post-doctoral fellowship in the framework of the "Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource management for sustainable Agricultural Systems", theme 4: "Surface and Ground Water Quality and Agricultural Practices: mathematical modelling of water quality and evaluation of the data", University of California at Davis, Land Air and Water Resources Dpt., Hydrologic Science - Field scale water-solute transport measurement and modelling of hydraulic parameters, directed by Prof. M.B. Parlange and D.R. Nielsen.

1997- 2001: Contract research scientist - Institute for Soil Genesis and Ecology (CNR IGES), Florence, Italy – research theme: Simulation models and pedotransfer functions for assessing soil proprieties influencing ground water quality.

20 Dec 2001: Permanent position as researcher at the Institute for Soil Genesis and Ecology - National Research Council (CNR-IGES), in Florence.

Since 1994  he has  been responsible for  soil surveys and  teaching  activities in Italy and developing countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger) and has been contract professor of Pedology at the Natural Sciences Faculty of the University of Florence in 2007 and 2008.

2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral reasercher (part-time 50%)  at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germania  within the framework of the EU-FP7 project CLAIM (Supporting the role of the Common agricultural policy in LAndscape valorisation: Improving the knowledge base of the contribution of landscape Management to the rural economy)

Teaching activities

2001 Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Veneto – Course for Soil Survey and Mapping experts; topics: 1) hydrodynamics, saturated and unsaturated flux; 2) Water cycle, water balance and climatic indexes ; 3) introduction to applied geostatistics in soil science, Castelfranco Veneto, Dec 4th – 6th (20 hours)

2002 Post graduate course on "UTILISATION DES DONNÉES SOLS ET CLIMAT POUR LA DÉRIVATION D’INPUTS POUR LA MODÉLISATION ET L’ANALYSE SPATIALE POUR LA GESTION DES RESSOURCES NATURELLES" Centre Regional Agrhymet  “Projet de formation en gestion des ressources naturelles et securite alimentaire” Nyamey, Niger, 23rd  Oct. – 8th  Nov (70 hours).

2003 Analysis and Interpolation of Spatial Data part II:  Kriging: Theory and practice“, Region Piedmont – Directorate for Agricultural Development. Turin March 3rd -5th  (18 hours).

2003 “ MACRO soil water balance and solute transport” Regione Emilia Romagna, Geologic, Seismic and Soil Service, Bologna May 19th-21st  (18 hours).

Academic years 2006-2007 and 2007- 2008 Pedology Contract Professor at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences , University of Florence, Master Degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Management  (4 CFU, 40 hours)

2008 Post doctoral lectures on Geospatial Data Modelling at the Leibniz-Zentrum für  Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF), Institute of Socio-Economics, Müncheberg, Germany, May 26th – 30th 2008  (30 hours)


Relevant publications

Calzolari C., Ungaro F. 2012. Predicting shallow water table depth at regional scale from rainfall and soil data. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 414–415, 374–387.

R. Scalenghe, F. Malucelli, F. Ungaro, L. Perazzone, N.Filippi, A. C. Edwards, 2011. Influence of 150 Years of Land Use on Anthropogenic and Natural Carbon Stocks in Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy). Environmental Science & Technology 2011 45 (12), 5112-5117.

Magaldi D., Ranalli D., Ungaro F. 2011. The climatic effect of weathering intensity on soils: a methodological proposal. Georgian Annals of Agrarian Science, vol 9. (2), 2011, 77 - 86.

S. Uthes , A. Piorr, P. Zander, A.J Kedziora, F. Ungaro, T. Dalgaard, M. Stolze, H. Moschitz, C.Schader, K. Happe, A. Sahrbacher, M. Damgaard, V. Toussaint, C. Sattler, F.-J. Reinhardt, C. Kjeldsen, L. Casini, K. Müller, 2011. Regional impacts of abolishing direct payments: An integrated analysis in four European regions. Agricultural Systems, 104, 110-121.

Ungaro F., Calzolari C. 2011. A data driven model for spatio-temporal estimation of shallow water table depth in soils. in: B. Caffarelli (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd Conference Spatial data Methods for Environmental and Ecological Processes, Foggia 1-2 Sept. 2011, ISBN 9788896025123, pp. 237-240.

F. Ungaro., F. Staffilani, P. Tarocco, 2010. Assessing and mapping topsoil organic carbon stock at regional scale: a scorpan kriging approach conditional on soil map delineation and land use. Land Degradation and Development, 21, 565-581.

G. Fait, M. Balderacchi, F. Ferrari, F. Ungaro, E. Capri, M. Trevisan, 2010. A field study of the impact of different irrigation practices on herbicide leaching. European Journal of Agronomy, 32, 280-287.

Piorr, A., Ungaro, F., Ciancaglini, A., Happe, K., Osuch, A., Sattler, C., Uthes, S., Zander, P., 2009. Integrated assessment of future CAP policies: land use changes, spatial patterns and targeting. Environmental Science & Policy, 12 (2009) 1122-1136.

Damgaard, M., Kjeldsen, C., Ungaro, F. 2009. Recreating Context in Spatial Modelling of Agricultural Landscapes. In: Piorr, A., Mϋller, K. (Eds.) Impact of Agricultural Policies in a Europe of Change. Springer, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-540-79469-1, 143-156.

Ungaro, F., Ciancaglini, A., Sattler, C., Uthes, S., Damgaard, M., Happe, K., Osuch, A. 2009. Spatial characteristics of land use patterns in Mugello (Central Italy) and policy impacts on their environmental outputs. In: Piorr, A., Mϋller, K. (Eds.) Impact of Agricultural Policies in a Europe of Change. Springer, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-540-79469-1, 157-172.
Calzolari, C., Costantini, E.A.C., Ungaro F., Venuti L., 2009. Soil and Land Evaluation: History, Definitions and Concepts. In E.A.C. Costantini (Ed.), Manual of Methods for Soil and Land Evaluation Science Publishers,U.S., ISBN 978-1-57808-571-2 , 600 pp.
Calzolari, C., Ungaro, F., Guermandi, M., Aramini G., Colloca, C., Corea, A.M, Paone, R., Tamburino, V., Zimbone, Andiloro, S. 2009. Land Evaluation for Protecting Soil from Contamination. In E.A.C. Costantini (Ed.), Manual of Methods for Soil and Land Evaluation Science Publishers,U.S., ISBN 978-1-57808-571-2 , 600 pp.
Ungaro, F., Ragazzi, F. Cappellini, R., Giandon, P.2008 Arsenic concentration in the soils of the Brenta Plain (Northern Italy): mapping the probability of exceeding contamination threshold. The Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 96/2-3, 117-131.

Ungaro, F., Calzolari, C., 2007. Contenuto in sostanza organica nei suoli della pianura emiliano-romagnola: quantificazione dellincertezza spaziale attraverso l'utilizzo di simulazioni condizionali sequenziali. Bollettino della Società Italiana di Scienza del Suolo, 63-70

Calzolari, C., Ungaro, F., 2006. Capacità protettiva dei suoli nei confronti dell’inquinamento. Manuale di Valutazione delle Terre, Ed. Cantagalli, ISBN 88-8272-288-0, 63-83.

Pelecani, S., Ungaro, F., Lombardi, L., Rodolfi, G., 2006.  Applicazione di tecniche geostatistiche e GIS per la caratterizzazione dei suoli e della loro erodibilità. In G. Rodolfi (Ed.) Erosione idrica in ambiente mediterraneo: valutazione diretta e indiretta in aree sperimentali e bacini idrografici. Brigati, Genova ISBN 88-87822-25-5, 177-193.

Ungaro, F., Calzolari, C.,Busoni, E. 2005. Development of pedotransfer functions using a group method of data handling for the soil of the Pianura Padano-Veneta region of North Italy. Water retention properties. Geoderma, 124, 293-317.

Ungaro, F., Calzolari, C., Tarocco, P., Giapponesi, A. and Sarno, G. 2005. Quantifying spatial uncertainty of soil organic matter indicators using conditional sequential simulations: a case study in Emilia Romagna plain (Northern Italy). Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 85, 499-510.
Calzolari, C., Ungaro, F., Ragazzi, F., Vinci, I., Cappellin, R., 2004. Valutazione della capacità protettiva dei suoli nel bacino scolante in laguna di Venezia attraverso l’uso di modellistica. Atti del convegno “Qualità del suolo, impatto antropico e  qualità dei prodotti agricoli”, Siena 9-12 Giugno 2003, Bollettino della Società Italiana Della Scienza Del Suolo, 53, 1-2, 415-421.
Ungaro , F.,  Calzolari, C., Ragazzi, F., Fantinato, L., 2004. Utilizzo della geostatistica a supporto della cartografia pedologica nella pianura alluvionale del Brenta. Atti del convegno “Qualità del suolo, impatto antropico e  qualità dei prodotti agricoli”, Siena 9-12 Giugno 2003, Bollettino della Società Italiana Della Scienza Del Suolo, 53, 1-2, 395-400.
Gaouna, B.O., Stroppiana, D., Sarfatti, P., Ungaro, F. 2003. Crop yield reduction estimation using the FAO-CROPWAT model: a case study in Southern Chad. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development, 97, 3-4, 139-164.
Ungaro, F, Calzolari, C. 2001.  Using existing soil databases for estimating water-retention properties for soils of the Pianura Padano-Veneta region of North Italy. Geoderma, 99, 99-121.
Cahill, A., Ungaro, F., Parlange, M. B., Mata, M. and Nielsen, D. 1999. Combined spatial and Kalman filter estimation of optimal soil hydraulic properties. Water Resource Research, 35, n.4, 1079-1088.
Calzolari, C. and Ungaro, F. 1998. Geomorphic features of a badland (biancane) area (Central Italy): characterization, distribution and quantitative spatial analisys. Catena, 31, 237-256.