Paolo Tarolli

Paolo Tarolli

  Full Professor

  SSD: AGR/08

  Address: Viale dell'Università, 16 - Legnaro (PD)

  Phone: +39 0498272677





CV (english), CV (italian)

■ Full Professor – Dept. of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (University of Padova)
■ Member Board of Directors: Galilean School of Higher Education (University of Padova)
■ Vice President – Soil and Water Conservation division, Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering (AIIA)
■ Principal Investigator – Earth Surface Processes & Society Research Group (

■ Executive Editor – Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
■ Associate Editor – International Soil and Water Conservation Research, Land Degradation & Development, Remote Sensing
■ Editorial Board Member – Geography and Sustainability, iScience, The Innovation Geoscience, Cell Reports Sustainability, Evolving Earth, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Mountain Science, Pirineos (CSIC)

■ Scientific Coordinator – joint academic cooperation between Beijing Forestry Univ. and Dept. TESAF Univ. of Padova
■ Coordinator – Commission for the 'Third Mission' & Communication of the Dept. TESAF at Univ. of Padova
■ Member – Teacher-Student Joint Commission for the School of Agriculture and Veterinary, Univ. of Padova
■ Promoter – Joint-PhD program between China University of Geosciences and Univ. of Padova
■ Scientific Coordinator – MoU between China University of Geosciences and Univ. of Padova
■ Scientific Coordinator – MoU between Massey University (NZ), University of Lincoln (UK), Univ. of Padova
■ Board Member – PhD Program Land, Environment, Resources and Health, Univ. of Padova

■ Agritech - National Research Centre for Agricultural Technologies 320,000,000 € (co-PI of WP4.2, Smart climate agriculture and forestry: from sustainable products to the bioeconomy)
■ Sustainable management of water and soil in agriculture (Land Reclamation Authority of LEB) 25,000€ (PI)
■ SOiLUTION SYSTEM (EU rural develop. program – Veneto Region) 450,000€ (Scientific Coordinator, co-PI)
■ FITOCHE (EU rural development grant – Veneto Region) 300,000€ (PI of WP4)
■ TerrACE (EU H2020 ERC-AdG) 2,600,000€ (PI of WP1)
■ ViTe (Univ. of Padova) 60,000€ (PI)
■ HighLandDEM (ENVIMED French cooperation initiative) 18,000€ (PI of WP2)
■ CPDR147412/14 – Artificial drainage networks evolution in Veneto floodplain (Univ. of Padova) 46,666€ (PI)
■ NIP (POR FESR) 608,024€ (team member)
■ CPDR122903/12 – Use of high resolution topography for the automatic definition of geometric elements of the hydrographic network (Univ. of Padova) 22,946€ (PI)

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Google Scholar, SCOPUS

Publication metrics: Google Scholar (h-index 53, total citations 9041), SCOPUS (h-index 45, total citations 6597; average 9.1 papers/yr and 343 citations/yr, in the last 5 years 2018-2022 16 papers/yr and 796 citations/yr).

Ranked in the list of 100,000 top world’s most cited scientists: rank no. 87715 for career in all disciplines (top 0.56% in the category geological & geomatics engineering); rank no. 20872 in all disciplines for single year 2021 (top 0.3% in the category geological & geomatics engineering excluding self-citations), source Scopus by Elsevier BV & Stanford University.

More than 170 articles (4 invited review) published in international peer journals and books, 3 edited books, 41 invited talks at international meetings (EGU, IGC, AAG, ISPRS, RGS-IBG, AOGS, Soil Science Society of China) and academies (e.g., Princeton University, EPFL, Beijing Normal University, Dalian University of Technology, AgroParisTech, Massey University, Tongji University, …), and more than 200 presentations at international and national conferences.

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  Media Impact

Prof. Paolo Tarolli Media Impact

Public events

National Magazines (flood events in Veneto Region and human impact)

National Magazines (Nutria damages along drainage networks of Veneto Region)

National Magazines (Wildboars damages in agriculture)




  Research Areas

Expert in digital terrain analysis, earth surface processes analysis, hydro-geomorphology, remote sensing, and GIS. New research directions focus on agricultural landscapes under climate change scenarios; sustainable agriculture to mitigate the impact of weather extremes on soils; heroic agriculture and its heritage preservation.


Humans-Earth interactions; Soil and Water Resources Management; Soil and Water Conservation; Agricultural impact on water resources; Agricultural Water Management; Drought in Agriculture; Effects of urbanization and technological innovation in agriculture; Earth-Surface Processes analysis through high-resolution topography; Land Degradation; Landslide and erosion processes analysis; Digital Terrain Analysis; Lidar applications; Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry, drones.