I was born in Padova, Italy, in 1986. After high school, I started the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Padova (Bachelor and Master), where I followed the 'soil protection' curriculum. During my Master studies I spent a semester as Erasmus student at Wageningen University (Wageningen, the Netherlands) to follow courses in Hydrology. After graduation, I decided to bring my education further and I started a Ph.D. at the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Padova. My Ph.D. thesis focused on hydrologic transport and travel time distributions at the catchment scale. My contribution to the subject included both new theoretical formulations and extensive numerical applications to real catchments. During my Ph.D., I also spent 7 months as visiting research fellow at Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, USA). Since I arrived at EPFL as post-doc in 2015, I started being involved in field and experimental activities, which allowed me to learn about practical experimental problems. In 2017 I had the opportunity to by hired by the ECHO laboratory as a permanent scientist, conducting research in the field of catchment hydrology.
I am currently conducting my research on the following subjects:
-Understanding and modeling the transport of solutes in hydrologic systems, with special regard to anthropized landscapes;
-Estimating water age and its variations in time for various catchments worldwide;
-Monitoring solute concentration in rivers during storms and developing new low-cost methodologies to measure at high-frequency;
-Numerical development of models for solute transport in rivers;
-Experiments on hydrologic and solute mass balance in large lysimeters;
Fields of expertise
Hydrology, solute transport, travel time distributions, modeling
|PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences||University of Padova, Padova, Italy||January 2012 - January 2015|
|Bachelor and Master in Environmental Engineering||University of Padova, Padova, Italy||September 2005 - October 2011|
P. Benettin; E. Bertuzzo : tran-SAS v1.0: a numerical model to compute catchment-scale hydrologic transport using StorAge Selection functions; GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT. 2018. DOI : 10.5194/gmd-11-1627-2018.
P. Benettin; T. Volkmann; J. von Freyberg; J. Frentress; D. Penna et al. : Effects of climatic seasonality on the isotopic composition of evaporating soil waters; HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. 2018. DOI : 10.5194/hess-22-2881-2018.
P. Benettin; B. M. Van Breukelen : Decomposing the Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Streamflow To Recover Individual Solute Concentrations at High Frequency; Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 2017. DOI : 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00472.
P. Benettin; S. W. Bailey; A. Rinaldo; G. E. Likens; K. J. Mcguire et al. : Young runoff fractions control streamwater age and solute concentration dynamics; Hydrological Processes. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.11243.
P. Benettin; C. Soulsby; C. Birkel; D. Tetzlaff; G. Botter et al. : Using SAS functions and high-resolution isotope data to unravel travel time distributions in headwater catchments; Water Resources Research. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/2016Wr020117.
A. Rinaldo; P. Benettin; C. J. Harman; M. Hrachowitz; K. J. Mcguire et al. : Reply to comment by Porporato and Calabrese on "Storage selection functions: A coherent framework for quantifying how catchments store and release water and solutes''; Water Resources Research. 2016. DOI : 10.1002/2015Wr018045.
M. Hrachowitz; P. Benettin; B. M. Van Breukelen; O. Fovet; N. J. Howden et al. : Transit times-the link between hydrology and water quality at the catchment scale; Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 2016. DOI : 10.1002/wat2.1155.
P. Benettin; A. Rinaldo; G. Botter : Tracking residence times in hydrological systems: forward and backward formulations; Hydrological Processes. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.10513.
P. Benettin; S. W. Bailey; M. B. Green; A. Rinaldo; G. E. Likens et al. : Linking water age and solute dynamics in streamflow at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, USA; Water Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2015WR017552.
P. Benettin; J. W. Kirchner; A. Rinaldo; G. Botter : Modeling chloride transport using travel time distributions at Plynlimon, Wales; Water Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2014Wr016600.
A. Rinaldo; P. Benettin; C. J. Harman; M. Hrachowitz; K. J. Mcguire et al. : Storage selection functions: A coherent framework for quantifying how catchments store and release water and solutes; Water Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2015Wr017273.
P. Queloz; L. Carraro; P. Benettin; G. Botter; A. Rinaldo et al. : Transport of fluorobenzoate tracers in a vegetated hydrologic control volume: 2. Theoretical inferences and modeling; Water Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2014WR016508.
P. Benettin; A. Rinaldo; G. Botter : Kinematics of age mixing in advection-dispersion models; Water Resources Research. 2013. DOI : 10.1002/2013Wr014708.
P. Benettin; Y. Van Der Velde; V. D. Zee; E. A. T. M. Sjoerd; A. Rinaldo et al. : Chloride circulation in a lowland catchment and the formulation of transport by travel time distributions; Water Resources Research. 2013. DOI : 10.1002/wrcr.20309.
A. J. Scholefield : Searching for patterns in the electrical conductivity signal of stream waters.