Dr.-Ing. Francesca Perosa

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  • 2023 | Promotion (Dr.-Ing.) am Lehrstuhl für Hydrologie und Flussgebietsmanagement, TU München | München 
  • Since 2019 | PhD Candidate at the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management of the Technical University of Munich | Field of Research: Ecosystem services and flood mitigation of floodplain restoration at the Danube
  • 2015 – 2017 | Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Munich | Master’s Thesis: Setup and evaluation of a German flash flood database | Study Project: Identification and correction of measurement errors in snow depth time series of the Trentino Province (Italy) 
  • 08/2016 – 11/2016 | Internship at the University of Science and Technology Beijing through ASA-GLEN | Beijing (China) and Maseru (Lesotho) | Activities: Installation of 110 prefabricated biogas plants in the Berea rural district in Lesotho
  • 09/2014 – 02/2015 | Internship at the environmental engineering firm Mountain-eering | Bolzano (Italy) | Activities: Estimation of debris flow vulnerability of buildings
  • 2011 – 2014 | Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Land Engineering, University of Trento (Italy) | Bachelor’s Thesis: Linen and glass fibers as reinforcement in composite materials

Research Experience

  • Since 2018 – 2022 | Scientific Assistant at the TUM’s Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management | Elaboration of an extended cost-benefit-analysis for flood risk mitigation in the EU-funded Interreg project “Danube Floodplain” through the integration of ecosystem services
  • 2017 – 2018 | Scientific Assistant at LMU's Geography Department of the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München | Hydrological modelling of the Zambezi river catchment under the Project Virtual Water Values (ViWA)
  • 08/2016 – 11/2016 | Intern at the Centre of Sustainable Environmental Sanitation through ASA-GLEN | University of Science and Technology Beijing | Installation of 110 prefabricated biogas plants in the Berea rural district in Lesotho
  • 2015 – 2017 | Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Tutor for the course „Water Management at the Catchment Scale", Organization of the field trip to the Adige catchment | Engineering Risk Analysis Group, Tutor for the course „Flood Risk and Flood Management", Assistant for the courses „Flood Risk and Flood Management“ and „Risk Analysis“, Cost estimation of flood protection measures
  • 2014 – 2015 | Intern at the environmental engineering firm Mountain-eering | Estimation of debris flow vulnerability of buildings using the statistical software R, Introduction to the physical approach on snow depth data analysisMountain-eering S.r.l.


  • Eder, M.; Perosa, F.; Hohensinner, S.; Tritthart, M.; Scheuer, S.; Gelhaus, M.; Cyffka, B.; Kiss, T.; Van Leeuwen, B.; Tobak, Z.; et al. How Can We Identify Active, Former, and Potential Floodplains?
    Methods and Lessons Learned from the Danube River. Water (2022), 14, 2295. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14152295 
  • Francesca Perosa, Laura Felicia Seitz, Aude Zingraff-Hamed, Markus Disse, (2022), Flood risk management along German rivers – A review of multi-criteria analysis methods and decision-support systems, Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 135, Pages 191-206, ISSN 1462-9011, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2022.05.004
  • Hoyek, A.; Arias-Rodriguez, L.F.; Perosa, F. (2022), Holistic Approach for Estimating Water Quality Ecosystem Services of Danube Floodplains: Field Measures, Remote Sensing, and Machine Learning. Hydrobiology1, 211-231. doi.org/10.3390/hydrobiology1020016
  • Francesca Perosa, Sami Fanger, Aude Zingraff-Hamed, Markus Disse, (2021) A meta-analysis of the value of ecosystem services of floodplains for the Danube River Basin, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 777, 2021, 146062, ISSN 0048-9697, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146062.
  • Perosa, F.; Gelhaus, M.; Zwirglmaier, V.; Arias-Rodriguez, L.F.; Zingraff-Hamed, A.; Cyffka, B.; Disse, M. (2021) Integrated Valuation of Nature-Based Solutions Using TESSA: Three Floodplain Restoration Studies in the Danube Catchment. Sustainability13, 1482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031482