Elisa Calamita is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag. She received her MSc degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Trento in 2015 and her PhD in Environmental Science at ETH Zürich in 2020.
During her PhD project, Elisa worked on “Modelling the effects of large dams on water quality in tropical rivers”. She experienced water-quality field campaigns in the Zambezi River Basin and she used lake models to reproduce the internal dynamics of artificial reservoirs and to quantify the water quality alterations in the downstream river systems.
At the beginning of 2021, Elisa was awarded the ESA CCI (European Space Agency, Climate Change Initiative) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 24 months, which presently supports her position as a Postdoc at Eawag. Her current research project focuses on the use of remotely sensed data to detect climate change-related ecosystem shifts in lakes. The aim of this project is to analyze the spatial patterns of remotely sensed lake water properties and link such patterns to documented anomalies or shifts in lake ecosystems.