Dr Christian Berretta

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BEng (Hons) and MSc Environmental Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy (2002)

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering – Methods for environmental monitoring, University of Genoa, Italy (2006) - Assessment of stormwater runoff impact on receiving water bodies in densely urbanized areas

Dr Christian Berretta is a water@leeds Academic Research Fellow in the School of Civil Engineering. His research focuses on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and his expertise is in stormwater management through Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) or Low Impact Development (LID) solutions to control flooding, point source (CSOs) and diffuse pollution. His current research interests include hydrological processes and contaminant removal mechanisms in green infrastructures and sustainable water management in developing countries.

He is currently coordinating the project Controlling diffuse pollution in urban areas using biofiltration systems in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and York, funded by the White Rose Consortium and by the Sustainability Service of the University of Leeds through the City-wide Sustainability Living Lab and the project Hydrological and environmental processes in railways: towards sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) approaches.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds in 2014, he was a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher and Pennine Water Group Research Fellow at The University of Sheffield, in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and Department of Landscape, a Research Associate at the University of Florida, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa (Italy), Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.

  • 2006-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow - University of Genoa (Italy) - Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • 2007-2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of Florida, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • 2011-2013 Marie Curie Experienced Researcher - The University of Sheffield, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and Department of Landscape
  • 2013 Pennine Water Group Research Fellow - The University of Sheffield, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
  • 2014 onwards Academic Research Fellow - University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, water@leeds

He developed his research activity through the following projects:

  • Winning Application of nanoTEchnology for Resolutive hydropurification (WATER) - Funder: EU FP7 Coordination and Support actions

  • Green Roof Systems- Collaborative research and development of green roof systems technologies - Funder: EU FP7 Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

  • Quantifying pollutant loads associated with deposited urban water Particulate Matter (PM), and biogenic/litter recovery through current MS4 source control and maintenance practices - Funder: Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

  • Statewide airport stormwater study - FAA-type pond pilot study - Funder: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

  • Management of source area runoff using in-situ controls - Funder: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

  • Enhanced and Sustainable TReatment for Urban Stormwater (ESTRUS) – Funder: European Commission - Life-Environment Projects Funds

  • Pollution control in coastal waters due to storm water runoff from urban, production sites and infrastructures external areas – Funder: CARIGE Organization

  • First flush flows characterization in port and airport areas - Funder: European Union Objective 2 Structural Fund

  • Stormwater runoff quality from impervious areas of production sites - Funder: The City of Genoa

  • First flush flows monitoring and hydrological modelling for the evaluation of technical treatment solutions - Funder: CARIGE Organization

  • Integrated Multi-Objective System for optimal management of urban drainage (IMOS) - Funder: European Commission - Life-Environment Projects Funds

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering

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