Dr. Edoardo Daly

A/Professor Edoardo Daly

Associate Professor in Water Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 127, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton, 3800 VIC, Australia

Edoardo ‘s research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the hydrological processes that determine the temporal and spatial soil water dynamics and related biogeochemical processes both in rural and urban environments. Since these dynamics are strongly nonlinear and deterministically unpredictable, part of his research is dedicated to the study of general nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes that can find applications in hydrology.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Hydraulic Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2005
  • M. S. (Laurea), Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2000

Expertise

Ecohydrology

Ecohydrology can be defined as the science that studies the links between the water cycles and ecosystems. My interests in this field include the stochastic modelling of the soil water balance, catchment scale integrated modelling, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, and land-use and land-use change.

 

Urban hydrology

Urbanization has dramatic effects on landscapes, water cycle, and ecosystems. My research in urban hydrology touches on water sensitive urban design, urban vegetation and parks, and the role of urbanization of urban streams.

 

Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics modelling

SPH is a mesh-free Lagrangian numerical method suitable for modelling fluid flow conditions with complex geometries. I use SPH to model surface waves, multi-fluid flows and flow across media with different porosity.

 

Research Interests

Edoardo’s research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the hydrological processes that determine the temporal and spatial soil water dynamics and related bio-geochemical processes both in rural and urban environments. Since these dynamics are strongly nonlinear and deterministically unpredictable, part of his research is dedicated to the study of general nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes that can find applications in hydrology.

Research Projects

Current projects

Preserving vegetation health and biodiversity of natural, urban reserves

The aim of this project is to quantify the links between water resources, vegetation health and biodiversity in small native and remnant vegetation reserves embedded in urban environments. The specific objectives are to i) quantify water requirements and carbon balances in four reserves within Greater Melbourne hosting native tree species (River Red Gum), identified as vulnerable or endangered, and experiencing different rainfall regimes as well as water management practices, ii) test a set of measurement methods (in-situ and remote sensing) to relate water use with tree growth and biodiversity in urban reserves, and iii) develop a model for the water balance and vegetation growth to assist in the management of urban reserves and parks.

The project is in collaboration with the City of Greater Dandenong and Moonee Valley City councils. The project addresses the problem of a sustainable balance between urban development and the natural environment, with focus on urban reserves, which represents precious hot-spots of biodiversity. Direct benefits to the partner organizations are i) the quantification of the relationships between water resources and vegetation health in reserves with educational and cultural value, and ii) monitoring and assessing the performance of different water management measures to preserve urban reserves.

Catchment water balance and CO2 fluxes: a comparison between productive land uses

Vegetation cover drives the water and carbon cycles at different spatial and temporal scales. This project, in collaboration with the Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources (DEDJTR) and La Trobe University, uses a paired-catchment study in south western Victoria to understand and improve the management of productive lands by combining measurement techniques to accurately estimate the water and carbon balance in a pasture and blue gum plantation.

The aim of the project is to improve the understanding of different land uses implications on water resource and land productivity. We propose a paired-catchment study that compares the carbon and water balances in two catchments in the high rainfall zone in south western Victoria. One catchment is prevalently used for grazing, while the other is predominantly planted with blue gums. The main objectives of this project are i) to quantify the effect of different agricultural land uses on the catchment water balance, ii) to estimate the tradeoff between carbon sequestration and water resources related to tree plantations and pastures, and iii) to develop models at different spatial scales of catchment water balance for land-use management.

Book Chapters

Daly, E., G.G. Katul and A. Porporato, Eco-hydrology: Modeling water, carbon, and nutrient cycling within the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. In “The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering”, 3rd Ed., edited by J.H. Cushman and D.M. Tartakovsky, CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, Boca Raton (FL), USA, 2017.

Daly, E. , G.G. Katul and A. Porporato, Eco-hydrology: water, carbon, and nutrient cycling in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. In “The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering”, 2nd Ed., edited by J. W. Delleur, CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Books, Boca Raton (FL), USA, 2007.

Journal Articles

Daneshmand, H., S. Alaghmand, M. Camporese, A. Talei, and Daly, Water and salt balance modelling of intermittent catchments using a physically-based integrated model, Journal of Hydrology, 568, 1017-1030, 2019.

Daly, E., H. Basser, and M. Rudman, Exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations generalized for flow in porous media, European Physical Journal Plus, 133, 173, 2018.

Dresel, P.E., J.F. Dean, F. Perveen, J.A. Webb, P. Hekmeijer, S.M. Adelana, and E. Daly, Effect of Eucalyptus plantations, geology, and precipitation variability on water resources in upland intermittent catchments, Journal of Hydrology, 564, 723-739, 2018.

Jovanovic, D., T. Jovanovic, A. Mejía, J. Hathaway, and E. Daly, Technical Note: Technical note: Long-term persistence loss of urban streams as a metric for catchment classification, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 3551–3559, 2018.

Nomeritae, H.H. Bui, and E. Daly, Modelling transitions between free surface and pressurized flow with Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering – ASCE, 144(5), 04018012, 2018.

Zhang, Q., R. Phillips, S. Manzoni, R.L. Scott, C. Oishi, A. Finzi, E. Daly, R. Vargas, and K. Novick, Changes in photosynthesis and soil moisture drive the seasonal soil respiration-temperature hysteresis relationship, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 259, 184-195, 2018.

Basser, H., M. Rudman, and E. Daly, SPH modelling of multi-fluid lock-exchange over and within porous media, Advances in Water Resources, 108, 15-28, 2017.

Broadbridge, P., E. Daly, and J. Goard, Exact solutions of the Richards equation with nonlinear plant-root extraction, Water Resources Research, 53, 9679–9691, 2017.

Kabir, M.I., E. Daly, and F. Maggi, Geochemical modelling of heavy metals in urban stormwater biofilters, Ecological Engineering, 102, 565-576, 2017.

Teodosio, B., V.R.N. Pauwels, S.P. Loheide II, and E. Daly, Comparison of root water-uptake models and their influence on modelled soil CO2 dynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 122, 1954–1968, 2017.

Dean, J.F., M. Camporese, S.P.P. Grover, J.A. Webb, P.E. Dresel, and E. Daly, Water balance complexities in ephemeral catchments: insights from monitoring and distributed hydrologic modeling, Water Resources Research, 52, 4713–4729, 2016.

Murari, K.K., A.S. Sahana, E. Daly, and S. Ghosh, The influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on heat waves in India, Meteorological Applications, 23, 705-713, 2016.

Nomeritae, E. Daly, S. Grimaldi, and H.H. Bui, Explicit incompressible SPH algorithm for fluid flow modelling: a comparison with weakly compressible schemes, Advances in Water Resources, 97, 156-167, 2016.

Pauwels, V.R.N., and E. Daly, Advantages of analytically computing the ground heat flux in land surface models, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 4689–4706, 2016.

Bartlett, M.S., E. Daly, J.J. McDonnell, A.J. Parolari, and A. Porporato, Stochastic rainfall-runoff model with explicit soil moisture dynamics, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series A, 471, 20150389, 2015.

Camporese, M., E. Daly, and C. Paniconi, Catchment-scale Richards equation-based modeling of evapotranspiration via boundary condition switching and root water uptake schemes, Water Resources Research, 51, 5756-5771, 2015.

Grimaldi, S., Orellana, F., and E. Daly, Modelling the effects of soil type and root distribution on shallow groundwater resources, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4457-4469, 2015.

Hamel, P., E. Daly, and T.D. Fletcher, Which baseflow metrics should be used in assessing flow regimes of urban streams?, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4367-4378, 2015.

Hamel, P., I. McHugh, A. Coutts, E. Daly, J. Beringer, and T.D. Fletcher, An automated chamber system to measure field evapotranspiration rates. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering-ASCE, 20, 04014037, 2015.

Murari, K., S. Ghosh, A. Patwardhan, E. Daly, and K. Salvi, Intensification of future severe heat waves in India and their effect on heat stress and mortality, Regional Environmental Change, 15, 569-579, 2015.

Unland, N.P., I. Cartwright, E. Daly, B.S. Gilfedder, and A.P. Atkinson, Dynamic river-groundwater exchange in the presence of a saline, semi-confined aquifer, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4817-4829, 2015.

Yee, M.S., V.R.N. Pauwels, E. Daly, J. Beringer, C. Rudiger, M.F. McCabe, and J.P. Walker, A comparison of optical and microwave scintillometers with eddy covariance derived surface heat fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 213, 226-239, 2015.

Zhang, Q., G.G. Katul, R. Oren, E. Daly, S. Manzoni, and D. Yang, The hysteresis response of soil CO2 concentration and soil respiration to soil temperature, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 120, 1605–1618, 2015.

Camporese, M., E. Daly, P.E. Dresel, and J. Webb, Simplified modeling of catchment-scale evapotranspiration via boundary condition switching, Advances in Water Resources, 69, 95-105, 2014.

Daly, E., P.M. Bach, and A. Deletic, Stormwater pollutant runoff: A stochastic approach, Advances in Water Resources, 74, 148-155, 2014.

Kabir, M.I., E. Daly, and F. Maggi, A review of ion and metal pollutants in urban green water infrastructures, Science of the Total Environment, 470/471, 695-706, 2014.

Mejia, A., E. Daly, F. Rossel, T. Jivanovic, and J. Gironas, A stochastic model of streamflow for urbanized basins, Water Resources Research, 50, 1984-2001, 2014.

Verma, P., S.P. Loheide II, D. Eamus, and E. Daly, Root water compensation sustains transpiration rates in an Australian woodland, Advances in Water Resources, 74, 91-101, 2014.

Coutts, A., E. Daly, J. Beringer, and N. Tapper, Assessing practical measures to reduce urban heat: green and cool roofs, Building and Environment, 70, 266-276, 2013.

Daly, E., P. Kolotelo, C. Schang, C.A. Osborne, R. Coleman, A. Deletic, and D.T. McCarthy, Escherichia coli concentrations and loads in an urbanised catchment: The Yarra River, Australia, Journal of Hydrology, 497, 51-61, 2013.

Grover, S.P.P., A. Cohan, H.S. Chan, S.J. Livesley, J. Beringer, and E. Daly, Occasional large emissions of nitrous oxide and methane observed in stormwater biofiltration systems, Science of the Total Environment, 465, 64-71, 2013. (Special issue: Soil as a Source & Sink for Greenhouse Gases)

Hamel, P., E. Daly, and T.D. Fletcher, Source-control stormwater management for mitigating the impacts of urbanisation on baseflow: A review, Journal of Hydrology, 485, 201-211, 2013.

Maggi, F., and E. Daly, Decomposition pathways and rates of human urine in soils, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61, 6175-6186, 2013.

Daly, E., A. Deletic, B.E. Hatt, and T.D. Fletcher, Modelling of stormwater biofilters under random hydrologic variability: a case study of a carpark at Monash University, Victoria (Australia), Hydrological Processes, 26, 3416-3424, 2012.

Orellana, F.A., P. Verma, S.P. Loheide II, and E. Daly, Monitoring and modeling water-vegetation interactions in groundwater-dependent ecosystems, Reviews of Geophysics, 50, RG3003, doi:10.1029/2011RG000383, 2012.

Perona, P., E. Daly, B. Crouzy, and A. Porporato, Stochastic dynamics of snow avalanches by superposition of Poisson processes, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series A, 468, 4193-4208, 2012.

Porporato, A., P.R. Kramer, M. Cassiani, E. Daly, and J. Mattingly, Local kinetic interpretation of entropy production through reversed diffusion, Physical Review E, 84, 041142, 2011.

Verma, P., J. Yeates, and E. Daly, A stochastic model describing the impact of daily rainfall depth distribution on the soil water balance, Advances in Water Resources, 34, 1039-1048, 2011.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Effect of different jump distributions on the dynamics of jump processes, Physical Review E, 81, 061133, 2010.

Suweis, S., A. Rinaldo, S.E.A.T.M. Van der Zee, E. Daly, A. Maritan, and A. Porporato, Stochastic modeling of soil salinity, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L07404, doi:10.1029/2010GL042495, 2010.

Daly, E., S. Palmroth, P.C. Stoy, M. Siqueira, A.C. Oishi, J.-Y. Huang, R. Oren, A. Porporato, and G.G. Katul, The effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen amendments on subsurface CO2 production and concentration dynamics in a maturing pine forest, Biogeochemistry, doi:10.1007/s10533-009-9327-7, 94(3), 271-287, 2009.

Daly, E., Y. Zinger, A. Deletic, and T.D. Fletcher, A possible mechanism for soil moisture bimodality in humid-land environments, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L07402, doi:10.1029/2008GL036933, 2009.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Correlation-anti-correlation transition by state-dependent Poisson noise, Physica D, 238, 170-174, 2009.

Botter, G., E. Daly, A. Porporato, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, and A. Rinaldo, Probabilistic dynamics of soil nitrate: Coupling of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes. Water Resources Research, 44, W03416, doi:10.1029/2007WR006108, 2008.

Daly, E., A.C. Oishi, A. Porporato, and G.G. Katul, A stochastic model for daily subsurface CO2 concentration and related soil respiration, Advances in Water Resources, 31, 987-994, 2008.

Viola, F., E. Daly, G. Vico, M. Cannarozzo, and A. Porporato, Transient soil moisture dynamics and climate change in Mediterranean ecosystems, Water Resources Research, 44, W11412, doi:10.1029/2007WR006371, 2008.

Botter, G., A. Porporato, E. Daly, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, and A. Rinaldo, Probabilistic characterization of base flows in river basins: Roles of soil, vegetation, and geomorphology. Water Resources Research, 43, W06404, doi:10.1029/2006WR005397, 2007.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Inter-time jump statistics of state-dependent Poisson processes. Physical Review E, 75, 011119, 2007.

Katul, G.G., A. Porporato, E. Daly, A.C. Oishi, H.-S. Kim, P.C. Stoy, J.-Y. Juang, and M. Siqueira, On the spectrum of soil moisture in a shallow-rooted uniform pine forest: from hourly to inter-annual scales. Water Resources Research, 43, W05428, doi:10.1029/2006WR005356, 2007.

Porporato, A., J.R. Rigby, and E. Daly, Irreversibility and fluctuation theorem in stationary time series. Physical Review Letters, 98, 094101, 2007.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, State-dependent fire models and related renewal processes. Physical Review E, 74, 041112, 2006.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Impact of hydroclimatic fluctuations on the soil water balance. Water Resources Research, 42, W06401, doi: 10.1029/2005WR004606, 2006.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Probabilistic dynamics of some jump-diffusion systems. Physical Review E, 73, 026108, 2006.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, A review of soil moisture dynamics: from rainfall infiltration to ecosystem response. Invited review; special Issue on Geotroposphere, Environmental Engineering Science, 22(1), 9-24, 2005.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Some self-similar solutions in river morphodynamics. Water Resources Research, 41, W12503, doi: 10.1029/2005WR004488, 2005.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Similarity solutions of nonlinear diffusion problems related to mathematical hydraulics and the Fokker-Planck equation. Physical Review E, 70, 056303, 2004.

Daly, E., A. Porporato, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Coupled dynamics of photosynthesis, transpiration, and soil water balance. II. Stochastic analysis and ecohydrological significance. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 5(3), 559-566, 2004.

Daly, E., A. Porporato, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Coupled dynamics of photosynthesis, transpiration, and soil water balance. I. Upscaling from hourly to daily level. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 5(3), 546-558, 2004.

Daly, E., and A. Porporato, A note on groundwater flow along a hillslope. Water Resources Research, 40, W01601, doi: 10.1029/2003WR002438, 2004.

Porporato, A., E. Daly, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Soil water balance and ecosystem response to climate change. American Naturalist, 164(5), 625-632, 2004.

Teaching Commitments

  • CIV2263 - Water Systems
  • CIV5882/CIV6882 - Flood Hydraulics and Hydrology
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