Francesco Laio

Associate Professor

Politecnico di Torino

Dipartimento di Idraulica, Trasporti
e Infrastrutture Civili Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129, Torino, Italy

Tel.: +39-011-564-5617
Fax: +39-011-564-5698


Francesco Laio was born in Torino (Italy), on June 29th, 1973. He earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering (summa cum laude) at the Polytechnic of Turin in 1998.

From October 1999 to September 2000 he was appointed as a Research Associate at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton University (USA),working with Prof. I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. In March 2002 he obtained his Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan.

From January 2004 to December 2010 he works as an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic of Turin, Department of Hydraulics.  Since January 2011 he is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic of Turin, Department of Hydraulics.

In September 2006 he receives the “Torricelli Award” of the GII (“Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica”) for the best young italian researcher in hydraulics in the years 2004/2006.  Since 2007 he is Chair of Subdivision on Estuaries, Wetlands and Ecohydrology within EGU, and he is in the editorial board of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). Since 2008 he is Associate Editor of Water Resources Research, and since 2010 he is in the editorial board of Advances in Water Resources.


  • Stochastic soil moisture dynamics and water balance
  • Ecohydrology and climate-soil-vegetation interaction
  • Analysis, modelling, and prediction of river flow time series
  • Statistics of hydrological extremes.


He is author or co-author of more than 80 articles, including 57 papers published on ISI peer-reviewed international journals.  The complete list of ISI papers and the pdf reprints are available here. His papers received about 1000 citations (h-index 17).


Laio’s teaching experience includes courses in Hydraulics, Hydraulic Constructions, Statistical and Physical Hydrology, Water Resources Planning and Management. His teaching experience also includes seminars at the International School “Hydroaid: Water for Development”, Co-organized by the Polytechnic of Turin and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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