Dr. Farinotti is a glaciologist specialized in the hydrological modelling of high-alpine catchments. He completed his studies in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich and was involved in the preparation of climate-change impact assessments for hydropower companies since his diploma thesis. Dr. Farinotti obtained his PhD degree at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Glaciology (VAW), was repeatedly a visiting scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK, and was a project scientist at the GFZ German Centre for Geosciences during the last 2 years. Currently, he is associated to the research unit "Mountain Hydrology and Mass Movements" at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.
In the frame of an "Ambizione-Energy" project granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Dr. Farinotti and its team will explore the possibility of making use of so-called "decadal predictions" for hydro-glaciological applications. In particular, the project will aim at elaborating near- to mid-term predictions for hydro-glaciological variables that are of relevance in the context of both hydropower production and hydropower infrastructural planning.