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Integrated Geoscience Research Group (IGRG)

IGRG research activities draw from many of the earth sciences: Geochemistry, Coastal Marine Geology, Geomorphology, Geopedology, Hydrogeology and Hydrology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy and Geographic Information Systems and more.

IGRG main research fields are:

  • Integrated Coastal Zones Management,Vulnerability Assessments and Risk;
  • Analysis of anthropogenic subsidence and sinkholes;
  • Establishment and safeguard of natural protected areas, geosites and geoparks;
  • Coastal dune systems restoration and management;
  • Salt intrusion monitoring and managed recharge in coastal aquifers;
  • Groundwater salinization impact on ecosystems and agricolture;
  • Climate change effects on the hydrologic cycle;
  • Low enthalpy geothermal evaluation in coastal aquifers;
  • Fluids flow in fractured rock systems; fractured rock reservoirs and aquifers geothermal exploitation.


Giovanni Gabbianelli
Enrico Dinelli
Marco Antonellini
Francesco Mancini
Luigi Cantelli
Beatrice Maria Sole Giambastiani
Nicolas Greggio
Stefano Fabbri
Frederico Scarelli
Mauro Altizio

Phd Students

Flavia Sistilli


Coastal Forest Hydrology Lab.
The IGRG has conducted several studies in the past 10 years regarding the interactions among vegetation, ground water, sea water, rainfall, irrigation, infiltration, and drainage in the coastal area of Ravenna.
RIGED-ra, Coastal Dunes Restoration and Management
The “Project for restoration and management of the Ravenna coastal dunes “RIGED-Ra” is sprung from “VI Collaboration Agreement” between the City of Ravenna and ENI and has set several objectives.
Tuzla is one of the most densely populated urban areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a long history of coal and salt exploration leaving many abandoned mines. These mines represent an hazard to the infrastructure and the population, because they cause severe subsidence and the formation of sink holes and subsequent flooding of urban areas.
CSI-Coastal Salt Intrusion CSI-Coastal Salt Intrusion
The Coastal Saltwater Intrusion (CSI) project was funded by ENI and the ‘Fondazione Alma Mater’ and the city of Ravenna to study the extend of the salinization of the coastal aquifer in relation to subsidence and land use such as agriculture, natural areas, and drainage.
Fractured Carbonate Aquifers and Reservoirs
In carbonate aquifers and reservoirs the fractures usually play an important role, because they provide the porosity and permeability to water or hydrocarbons. The characterization of fracture assemblages in outcrop helps to understand their geometric relationships with one another, with the large scale tectonic structures and with the remote and local stress directions. These relationships allow inference of fluid flow properties in fractured aquifers and reservoirs, which is helpful for their optimal management.
The Waterknow project funded by CIRCLE is a collaboration between The IGRG of the University of Bologna in partnership with The University of Science and Technology of Lille, The University of the Azores and the Moroccan National School of Forestry.


Enrico Dinelli


Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali - BiGeA

Piazza di Porta S.Donato 1

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 0544 937340