Welcome to the Laboratory of Ecohydrology

Le laboratoire ECHO a été créé en 2008 sous la direction du Prof. Andrea RINALDO.

Il a remplacé le laboratoire HYDRAM.

Les tavaux de recherche menés au laboratoire ECHO se concentrent sur l’interface entre l’hydrologie, la géomorphologie et l’écologie. L’objectif est d’établir une théorie générale en utilisant un ensemble d’analyses intégrées. Plus d'information


The ECHO laboratory has opened 2 Ph.D. positions starting between August and October 2017:
1 - Optimal control of intervention strategies for waterborne disease epidemics
2 - Hydrological and geochemical modeling

All information can be found at



Un modèle mathématique pour combattre le choléra: le point avec Flavio Finger à Lausanne. RTS.ch


Modéliser la propagation d’épidémies en temps réel

INRS Université de recherche: Un éminent chercheur en visite à l’INRS, le professeur Andrea Rinaldo. 22 juillet 2016 // par Gisèle Bolduc.

The PNAS podcast program.

Andrea Rinaldo explains how cell phone data can be used to model disease spread.

Modeling disease spread. (mp3)

Modeling disease spread. (Transcript pdf)


Recent publications


Spread of proliferative kidney disease in fish along stream networks: A spatial metacommunity framework.

L. Carraro, L. Mari, M. Gatto, A. Rinaldo and E. Bertuzzo.

in Freshwater Biology, 2017.

Using SAS functions and high-resolution isotope data to unravel travel time distributions in headwater catchments.

P. Benettin, C. Soulsby, C. Birkel, D. Tetzlaff, G. Botter and A. Rinaldo.

in Water Resources Research, vol. 53, num. 3, p. 1864-1878, 2017.

Examination of the seepage face boundary condition in subsurface and coupled surface/subsurface hydrological models.

C. Scudeler, C. Paniconi, D. Pasetto and M. Putti.

in Water Resources Research, vol. 53, num. 3, p. 1799-1819, 2017.

A reduced order model-based preconditioner for the efficient solution of transient diffusion equations.

D. Pasetto, M. Ferronato and M. Putti.

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 109, num. 8, p. 1159–1179, 2017.


Seasonality in cholera dynamics: A rainfall-driven model explains the wide range of patterns in endemic areas.

T. Baracchini, A. A. King, M. J. Bouma, X. Rodó, E. Bertuzzo and M. Pascual.

in Advances in Water Resources, 2016.

A generalized receptor law governs phototaxis in the phytoplankton Euglena gracilis.

A. Giometto.

Quantitative Laws II workshop, Como, Italy, June 23, 2016.

On the probability of extinction of the Haiti cholera epidemic.

E. Bertuzzo, F. Finger, L. Mari, A. Rinaldo and M. Gatto.

in Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 30, num. 8, p. 2043-2055, 2016.

Snow hydrology signatures for model identification within a limits-of-acceptability approach.

B. Schaefli.

in Hydrological Processes, vol. 30, num. 22, p. 4019-4035, 2016.

Climate-driven endemic cholera is modulated by human mobility in a megacity.

J. Perez-Saez, A. A. King, A. Rinaldo, M. Yunus, A. S. G. Faruque and M. Pascual.

accepted in Advances in Water Resources, 2016.

Multiresponse modeling of variably saturated flow and isotope tracer transport for a hillslope experiment at the Landscape Evolution Observatory.

C. Scudeler, L. Pangle, D. Pasetto, G.-Y. Niu, T. Volkmann, C. Paniconi, M. Putti and P. Troch.

in Hydrology And Earth System Sciences, vol. 20, num. 10, p. 4061-4078, 2016.

An epidemiological model for proliferative kidney disease in salmonid populations.

L. Carraro, L. Mari, H. Hartikainen, N. Strepparava, T. Wahli, J. Jokela, M. Gatto, A. Rinaldo and E. Bertuzzo.

in Parasites & Vectors, vol. 9, p. 487, 2016.

Statistical characterization of spatiotemporal sediment dynamics in the Venice lagoon.

L. Carniello, A. D'Alpaos, G. Botter and A. Rinaldo.

in Journal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, vol. 121, num. 5, p. 1049-1064, 2016.

Real-time projections of cholera outbreaks through data assimilation and rainfall forecasting.

D. Pasetto, F. Finger, A. Rinaldo and E. Bertuzzo.

in Advances in Water Resources, 2016.

Reply to comment by Porporato and Calabrese on "Storage selection functions: A coherent framework for quantifying how catchments store and release water and solutes''.

A. Rinaldo, P. Benettin, C. J. Harman, M. Hrachowitz, K. J. Mcguire, Y. Van Der Velde, E. Bertuzzo and G. Botter.

in Water Resources Research, vol. 52, num. 1, p. 616-618, 2016.

Improving the theoretical underpinnings of process-based hydrologic models.

M. P. Clark, B. Schaefli, S. J. Schymanski, L. Samaniego, C. H. Luce, B. M. Jackson, J. E. Freer, J. R. Arnold, R. D. Moore, E. Istanbulluoglu and S. Ceola.

in Water Resources Research, vol. 52, num. 3, p. 2350-2365, 2016.

Field study on drainage densities and rescaled width functions in a high‐altitude alpine catchment.

R. Mutzner, P. Tarolli, G. Sofia, M. B. Parlange and A. Rinaldo.

in Hydrological Processes, vol. 30, num. 13, p. 2138-2152, 2016.

Hydrology and density feedbacks control the ecology of intermediate hosts of schistosomiasis across habitats in seasonal climates.

J. Perez-Saez, T. Mande, N. Ceperley, E. Bertuzzo, L. Mari, M. Gatto and A. Rinaldo.

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p. 201602251, 2016.

Mobile phone data highlights the role of mass gatherings in the spreading of cholera outbreaks.

F. Finger, T. Genolet, L. Mari, G. C. de Magny, N. M. Manga, A. Rinaldo and E. Bertuzzo.

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, num. 23, p. 6421–6426, 2016.

Transit times-the link between hydrology and water quality at the catchment scale.

M. Hrachowitz, P. Benettin, B. M. Van Breukelen, O. Fovet, N. J. K. Howden, L. Ruiz, Y. Van Der Velde and A. J. Wade.

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 2016.

Geomorphic controls on elevational gradients of species richness.

E. Bertuzzo, F. Carrara, L. Mari, F. Altermatt, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe and A. Rinaldo.

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p. 201518922, 2016.