Professore ordinario
Full Professor
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Short Curriculum Vitae

Marco Petitta, PhD, is Full Professor of Hydrogeology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he is teaching Basic Hydrogeology, Groundwater Hydrodynamic and Applied Hydrogeology, with more than 25 years of activity in groundwater field. He is author of about 90 papers on international journals and more than 100 articles on national journals and proceedings. He coordinated the European Project Horizon2020 KINDRA (2015-2018), dedicated to a knowledge inventory for hydrogeology research. Member of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) since 1997, he was Chairman of the Italian Chapter (2012-2016) and Chair of the 42nd International Congress of IAH, AQUA2015. He is currently Vice-President of IAH for Western and Central Europe. He is also member of the Council of the Italian Geological Society, Coordinator of the Panel of Experts in Hydrogeology of the EFG (European Federation of Geologists) and Member of the EC Working Group of Groundwater, for the Common Implementation Strategy of Water Directives. Research activity covers groundwater management and protection, human impact on groundwater quality and quantity, remediation of contaminated sites, hydrogeological role in environmental and ecological studies, groundwater/earthquake relationships. He serves in the Editorial Board of Environmental Earth Sciences, Geofluids, Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment, Groundwater for Sustainable Development. International research links are active among Europe and with University of Waterloo, Canada, with G360 Research Center of Guelph, Canada, and with Sustech Shenzhen University, China.



  • 1987 Degree in Geological Sciences cum laude
  • 1994 PhD in Earth Sciences with thesis in Groundwater Modeling

Professional experience

  • 1999-2006: Assistant Professor – Sapienza University of Rome,
  • 2006-2017: Associate Professor - Sapienza University of Rome
  • 2018 – ongoing: Full professor - Sapienza University of Rome
  • 1989—ongoing Member of the Regional Professional Geologists, E.S 229
  • 2021: Eurogeologist title



Research Topics

  1. Groundwater management 
  2. Human impacts on groundwater quality and quantity
  3. Contaminated sites remediation 
  4. Hydrogeology role on environmental and ecological studies
  5. Groundwater/Earthquakes relationships
  6. SDGs application in hydrogeology

Study areas
Central Italy, Central and Southern Apennines


Institutional roles

  • Vice-President for Western & Central Europe of the International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • Member of the Working Group Groundwater of European Commission for Common Implementation Strategy of Water Directives
  • Coordinator of the MSc course in Applied Geology, Sapienza University


IAH, International Association of Hydrogeologists
SGI, Italian Geological Society
AIGA, Italian Association of Engineering Geology


Active Research Project 

  • 2019-22 European Project H2020 KARMA (PRIMA 2018 call): National Principal Investigator
  • 2019-21 Sapienza project “Integrate monitoring of groundwater and springwater in Central Apennines aimed at verifying relationships with seismicity, Principal Investigator


Editorial Activities

  • 2000 – today: Reviewer for several international journal on groundwater issues
  • 2019 – today:  Member of Editorial Board of Environmental Earth Sciences, Geofluids, Groundwater for Sustainable Development.




  • Basic Hydrogeology (III year, II semester of Undergraduate Course in “Geological Sciences”)
  • Groundwater hydrodynamics (I year; II semester of Master Degree in “Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology)
  • Applied Hydrogeology (II year; I semester of Master Degree in “Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology)

List of papers in Google Scholar 

Citations: 1486; h-index 21 (from Scopus June 2021).
TWITTER: @petitta_marco

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