Valeria Todaro received her Ph.D. (with honour) in Co-tutelle between the University of Parma (Italy) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in April 2021 under the joint supervision of Prof. Maria Giovanna Tanda and Prof. J. Jaime Gòmez-Hernàndez and the co-supervision of Dr. Marco D’Oria. Her research focuses on the investigation of advanced techniques for the solution of inverse problems in the context of groundwater and surface water. Ensemble Kalman filter based techniques have been applied for the solution of several new types of inverse problems, providing useful tools for their implementation and improvement.
Valeria’s research also deals with the analysis of the impact of climate change on groundwater resources. She developed a surrogate model that describes the response of groundwater levels to meteorological variables up to 2100 at local scale.
She is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering and Architecture (University of Parma), where she has received a scholarship on the topic of surrogate models for the solution of direct and inverse groundwater problems. She is taking part in the European project “InTheMED”, which aims to implement innovative and sustainable management tools and remediation strategies for Mediterranean aquifers in order to mitigate anthropogenic and climate-change threats. InTheMED is part of the PRIMA Programme, supported and funded by Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Valeria Todaro received the IAMG Student Award “2020 Computers and Geosciences Research Scholarships”.