Staff

Fabrizio Fenicia

Dr. Fabrizio Fenicia

Department Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment and Modelling

About Me

Group Leader in Hydrological Modeling

Fabrizio Fenicia works on hydrology and water quality modeling at the catchment scale. His research interests include:

  • The development of flexible modeling frameworks that facilitate the model building process
  • The development of approaches that guide model building and selection
  • The use of models to advance our broader understanding and prediction of hydrological behavior


CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2004-2008    Ph.D. in Hydrology (Cum Laude), Department of Water Management, Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft) (Netherlands)
  • 1994-2001    M.Sc. in Environmental engineering (Cum Laude), University “La Sapienza”, Rome (Italy)

Teaching activities

  • 2012 – present    Organizer and lecturer at the international short course on “Model building, inference and hypothesis testing in hydrology”, Luxembourg
  • 2006 – present    Teaching assistant of "Hydrological modelling" (CT4431) at TU-Delft

Editorial boards
Editor for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (European Geosciences Union)



PUBLICATIONS

Scaini, A., M. Audebert, C. Hissler, F. Fenicia, L. Gourdol, L. Pfister, and K. J. Beven (2017), Velocity and celerity dynamics at plot scale inferred from artificial tracing experiments and time-lapse ERT, Journal of Hydrology, 546, 28-43, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.12.035.

de Boer-Euser, T., L. Bouaziz, J. De Niel, C. Brauer, B. Dewals, G. Drogue, F. Fenicia, B. Grelier, J. Nossent, F. Pereira, H. Savenije, G. Thirel, and P. Willems (2017), Looking beyond general metrics for model comparison – lessons from an international model intercomparison study, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(1), doi:10.5194/hess-21-423-2017.

Fenicia, F., D. Kavetski, H. H. G. Savenije, and L. Pfister (2016), From spatially variable streamflow to distributed hydrological models: Analysis of key modeling decisions, Water Resources Research(52), 1-36,  doi:10.1002/2015WR017398.

Gao, H. K., M. Hrachowitz, N. Sriwongsitanon, F. Fenicia, S. Gharari, and H. H. G. Savenije (2016), Accounting for the influence of vegetation and landscape improves model transferability in a tropical savannah region, Water Resources Research, 52(10), 7999-8022, doi:10.1002/2016WR019574.

Ley, R., H. Hellebrand, M. C. Casper, and F. Fenicia (2016), Comparing classical performance measures with signature indices derived from flow duration curves to assess model structures as tools for catchment classification, Hydrology Research, 47(1), 1-14, doi:10.2166/nh.2015.221.

Wrede, S., F. Fenicia, N. Martínez-Carreras, J. Juilleret, C. Hissler, A. Krein, H. H. G. Savenije, S. Uhlenbrook, D. Kavetski, and L. Pfister (2015), Towards more systematic perceptual model development: a case study using 3 Luxembourgish catchments, Hydrological Processes, 29(12), 2731-2750, 10.1002/hyp.10393.

Gao, H., M. Hrachowitz, S. J. Schymanski, F. Fenicia, N. Sriwongsitanon, and H. H. G. Savenije (2014), Climate controls how ecosystems size the root zone storage capacity at catchment scale, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(22), 2014GL061668, doi:10.1002/2014GL061668.

Gao, H., M. Hrachowitz, F. Fenicia, S. Gharari, and H. H. G. Savenije (2014), Testing the realism of a topography-driven model (FLEX-Topo) in the nested catchments of the Upper Heihe, China, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(5), 1895-1915, doi:10.5194/hess-18-1895-2014.

Gharari, S., M. Hrachowitz, F. Fenicia, H. Gao, and H. H. G. Savenije (2014), Using expert knowledge to increase realism in environmental system models can dramatically reduce the need for calibration, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(12), 4839-4859,  10.5194/hess-18-4839-2014.

Gharari, S., M. Shafiei, M. Hrachowitz, R. Kumar, F. Fenicia, H. V. Gupta, and H. H. G. Savenije (2014), A constraint-based search algorithm for parameter identification of environmental models, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(12), 4861-4870, 10.5194/hess-18-4861-2014.

Euser, T., H. C. Winsemius, M. Hrachowitz, F. Fenicia, S. Uhlenbrook, and H. H. G. Savenije (2013), A framework to assess the realism of model structures using hydrological signatures, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(5), 1893-1912, 10.5194/hess-17-1893-2013.

Gharari, S., M. Hrachowitz, F. Fenicia, and H. H. G. Savenije (2013), An approach to identify time consistent model parameters: sub-period calibration, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(1), 149-161, 10.5194/hess-17-149-2013.

Hrachowitz, M., et al. (2013), A decade of Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)a review, Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, 58(6), 1198-1255, 10.1080/02626667.2013.803183.

Kayastha, N., J. Ye, F. Fenicia, V. uzmin, and D. P. Solomatine (2013), Fuzzy committees of specialized rainfall-runoff models: further enhancements and tests, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(11), 4441-4451, 10.5194/hess-17-4441-2013.

van Esse, W. R., C. Perrin, M. J. Booij, D. C. M. Augustijn, F. Fenicia, D. Kavetski, and F. Lobligeois (2013), The influence of conceptual model structure on model performance: a comparative study for 237 French catchments, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(10), 4227-4239, 10.5194/hess-17-4227-2013.

Clark, M. P., D. Kavetski, and F. Fenicia (2012), Reply to comment by K. Beven et al. on "Pursuing the method of multiple working hypotheses for hydrological modeling", Water Resources Research, 48, W11802, 10.1029/2012wr012547.

Fenicia, F., L. Pfister, D. Kavetski, P. Matgen, J. F. Iffly, L. Hoffmann, and R. Uijlenhoet (2012), Microwave links for rainfall estimation in an urban environment: Insights from an experimental setup in Luxembourg-City, Journal of Hydrology, 464, 69-78, 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.06.047.

Matgen, P., F. Fenicia, S. Heitz, D. Plaza, R. de Keyser, V. R. N. Pauwels, W. Wagner, and H. Savenije (2012), Can ASCAT-derived soil wetness indices reduce predictive uncertainty in well-gauged areas? A comparison with in situ observed soil moisture in an assimilation application, Advances in Water Resources, 44, 49-65, 10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.03.022.

Clark, M. P., D. Kavetski, and F. Fenicia (2011), Pursuing the method of multiple working hypotheses for hydrological modeling, Water Resources Research, 47(9), W09301, 10.1029/2010wr009827.

Fenicia, F., D. Kavetski, and H. H. G. Savenije (2011), Elements of a flexible approach for conceptual hydrological modeling: 1. Motivation and theoretical development, Water Resources Research, 47(11), W11510, 10.1029/2010wr010174.

Kavetski, D., and F. Fenicia (2011), Elements of a flexible approach for conceptual hydrological modeling: 2. Application and experimental insights, Water Resources Research, 47(11), W11511, 10.1029/2011wr010748.

Gharari, S., F. Fenicia, M. Hrachowitz, and H. H. G. Savenije (2011), Land classification based on hydrological landscape units, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion, 8, 4381–4425,  10.5194/hess-15-3275-2011.

Hellebrand, H., C. Muller, P. Matgen, F. Fenicia, and H. Savenije (2011), A process proof test for model concepts: Modelling the meso-scale, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 36(1-4), 42-53, 10.1016/j.pce.2010.07.019.

Kavetski, D., F. Fenicia, and M. P. Clark (2011), Impact of temporal data resolution on parameter inference and model identification in conceptual hydrological modeling: Insights from an experimental catchment, Water Resources Research, 47(5), W05501, 10.1029/2010WR009525.

Fenicia, F., S. Wrede, D. Kavetski, L. Pfister, L. Hoffmann, H. H. G. Savenije, and J. J. McDonnell (2010), Assessing the impact of mixing assumptions on the estimation of streamwater mean residence time, Hydrological Processes, 24(12), 1730-1741, 10.1002/Hyp.7595.

Schoups, G., J. A. Vrugt, F. Fenicia, and N. C. V. de Giesen (2010), Corruption of accuracy and efficiency of Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation by inaccurate numerical implementation of conceptual hydrologic models, Water Resources Research, 46, W10530, 10.1029/2009wr008648.

Fenicia, F., H. H. G. Savenije, and Y. Avdeeva (2009), Anomaly in the rainfall-runoff behaviour of the Meuse catchment. Climate, land-use, or land-use management? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 13(9), 1727-1737, 10.5194/hess-13-1727-2009.

Pfister, L., J. J. McDonnell, S. Wrede, D. Hlubikova, P. Matgen, F. Fenicia, L. Ector, and L. Hoffmann (2009), The rivers are alive: on the potential for diatoms as a tracer of water source and hydrological connectivity, Hydrological Processes, 23(19), 2841-2845, 10.1002/Hyp.7426.

Fenicia, F., J. J. McDonnell, and H. H. G. Savenije (2008), Learning from model improvement: On the contribution of complementary data to process understanding, Water Resources Research, 44(6), W06419, 10.1029/2007wr006386.

Fenicia, F., H. H. G. Savenije, and H. C. Winsemius (2008), Moving from model calibration towards process understanding, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 33(17-18), 1057-1060, 10.1016/j.pce.2008.06.008.

Fenicia, F., H. H. G. Savenije, P. Matgen, and L. Pfister (2008), Understanding catchment behavior through stepwise model concept improvement, Water Resources Research, 44(1), W01402, 10.1029/2006wr005563.

Fenicia, F., H. H. G. Savenije, P. Matgen, and L. Pfister (2007), A comparison of alternative multiobjective calibration strategies for hydrological modeling, Water Resources Research, 43(3), W03434, 10.1029/2006wr005098.

Fenicia, F., D. P. Solomatine, H. H. G. Savenije, and P. Matgen (2007), Soft combination of local models in a multi-objective framework, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 11(6), 1797-1809, 10.5194/hess-11-1797-2007.

Fenicia, F., H. H. G. Savenije, P. Matgen, and L. Pfister (2006), Is the groundwater reservoir linear? Learning from data in hydrological modelling, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 10(1), 139-150, 10.5194/hess-10-139-2006.

Fenicia, F., G. P. Zhang, T. Rientjes, L. Hoffmann, L. Pfister, and H. H. G. Savenije (2005), Numerical simulations of runoff generation with surface water-groundwater interactions in the Alzette river alluvial plain (Luxembourg), Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 30(4-5), 277-284 10.1016/j.pce.2004.11.001.

Zhang, G. P., H. H. G. Savenije, F. Fenicia, and L. Pfister (2006), Modelling subsurface storm flow with the Representative Elementary Watershed (REW) approach: application to the Alzette River Basin, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 10(6), 937-955, 10.5194/hess-10-937-2006.

Zhang, G. P., F. Fenicia, T. H. M. Rientjes, P. Reggiani, and H. H. G. Savenije (2005), Modeling runoff generation in the Geer river basin with improved model parameterizations to the REW approach, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 30(4-5), 285-296, 10.1016/j.pce.2004.11.002.

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Projects

Hypothesis testing using controlled experiments to characterize diffuse pollution in small agricultural catchments
Flexible framework for conceptual hydrological modeling.
Calibrating stochastic rainfall-runoff models to scaling laws, for improved predictions of extreme events.

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Address

E-Mail: fabrizio.fenicia@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5440
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC D08

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Research Group


Hydrological Modelling

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Research Focus

Modelling of water flow and substance transport at the catchment scale

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