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Rizzetto Federica

Rizzetto Federica

Research Scientist
PhD in Earth Sciences, 2001, University of Padua, Italy
Professional Geologist License, 1995, University of Padua
Degree in Geological Sciences, 1995, University of Padua

Institute of Marine Science - National Research Council (ISMAR-CNR),
Arsenale – Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venice, Italy

Phone +39 041 2407948


Federica Rizzetto is a geologist. Her main areas of scientific expertise are geomorphology and sedimentology. She studies the Late Pleistocene and Holocene geological, geomorphological, sedimentological, and stratigraphic settings of coastal zones (littorals, lagoons, and nearshore areas) and alluvial plains. She analyses the long- and short-term evolution of alluvial plains and coastal regions in relation to natural and human-induced processes.


She has been involved in more than 30 national and international projects, in some of which as principal investigator. She has worked in collaboration with universities, research organizations and local authorities.

In the last years, she has mainly studied the geomorphological modifications produced on the coasts by sea-level and climate changes and anthropogenic interventions. Her investigations are often aimed at assessing vulnerability and risk.

Other activities consist in remote sensing and geological and geomorphological mapping.

She serves as traineeship tutor and co-supervisor of students studying for bachelor’s or master’s degrees, as a reviewer for scientific journals, and as a referee to assess research projects proposals.


She published more than 140 papers on national and international journals, books, and congress proceedings. Moreover, she is one of the main authors of the Sheets 128 “Venezia” and 148-149 “Chioggia-Malamocco” of the new Geological Map of Italy at the 1:50000 scale. More details are available at



· MADRICARDO F. & RIZZETTO F. (2018) - Shallow Coastal Landforms. In: MICALLEF A., KRASTEL S. & SAVINI A. (eds), Submarine Geomorphology, Springer International Publishing, eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-57852, Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-57851-4, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-57852-1, 161-183.

· FERRARIN C., MADRICARDO F., RIZZETTO F., MC KIVER W., BELLAFIORE D., UMGIESSER G., KRUSS A., ZAGGIA L., FOGLINI F., CEREGATO A., SARRETTA A. & TRINCARDI F. (2018) - Geomorphology of Scour Holes at Tidal Channel Confluences. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 123, 1386-1406, doi:10.1029/2017JF004489.

· MADRICARDO F., FOGLINI F., KRUSS A., FERRARIN C., PIZZEGHELLO N.M., MURRI C., ROSSI M., BAJO M., BELLAFIORE D., CAMPIANI E., FOGARIN S., GRANDE V., JANOWSKI L., KEPPEL E., LEIDI E., LORENZETTI G., MAICU F., MASELLI V., MERCORELLA A., MONTEREALE GAVAZZI G., MINUZZO T., PELLEGRINI C., PETRIZZO A., PRAMPOLINI M., REMIA A., RIZZETTO F., ROVERE M., SARRETTA A., SIGOVINI M., SINAPI L., UMGIESSER G. & TRINCARDI F. (2017) - High resolution multibeam and hydrodynamic datasets of tidal channels and inlets of the Venice Lagoon. Scientific Data, 4, 170121, doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.121.

· MASELLI V., TRINCARDI F., ASIOLI A., CEREGATO A., RIZZETTO F. & TAVIANI M. (2014) - Delta growth and river valleys: The influence of high-frequency climate and sea level changes on the South Adriatic shelf (Mediterranean Sea). Quaternary Science Reviews, 99, 146-163, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.014.

· TOSI L., KRUSE E.E., BRAGA F., CAROL E.S., CARRETERO S.C., POUSA J.L., RIZZETTO F. & TEATINI P. (2013) - Hydro-morphologic setting of the Samborombón Bay (Argentina) at the end of the 21st century. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 523-534, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-523-2013.

· RIZZETTO F. & TOSI L. (2012) - Rapid response of tidal channel networks to sea-level variations (Venice Lagoon, Italy). Global and Planetary Change, 92-93, 191-197, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.05.022.

· TOSI L., BARADELLO L., TEATINI P., ZECCHIN M., BONARDI M., SHI P., TANG C., LI F., BRANCOLINI G., CHEN Q., CHIOZZOTTO B., FRANKENFIELD J., GIADA M., LIU D., NIETO D., RIZZETTO F., SHENG Y., XIAO Y. & ZHOU D. (2011) - Combined continuous electrical tomography and very high resolution seismic surveys to assess continental and marine groundwater mixing. Bollettino di Geofisica ed Applicata, Vol. 52, n.4, 585-594, doi:10.4430/bgta0024.

· RIZZETTO F. & TOSI L. (2011) - Aptitude of modern salt marshes to counteract relative sea-level rise, Venice Lagoon (Italy). Geology, Vol. 39, 8, 755-758, doi: 10.1130/G31736.1.

· ZECCHIN M., CAFFAU M., TOSI L., CIVILE D., BRANCOLINI G., RIZZETTO F. & RODA C. (2010) - The impact of Late Quaternary glacio-eustasy and tectonics on sequence development: evidence from both uplifting and subsiding settings in Italy. Terra Nova, Vol. 22, 5, 324-329, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2010.00953.x

· RIZZETTO F., TOSI L., ZECCHIN M., & BRANCOLINI G. (2010) - Modern geological mapping and subsurface lithostratigraphic setting of the Venice Lagoon (Italy). Rend. Fis. Acc. Lincei, 21, (Suppl 1), S239-S252, DOI: 10.1007/s12210-010-0085-1.

· TOSI L., TEATINI P., STROZZI T., CARBOGNIN L., BRANCOLINI G. & RIZZETTO F. (2010) - Ground surface dynamics in the northern Adriatic coastland over the last two decades. Rend. Fis. Acc. Lincei, 21 (Suppl 1), S115-S129, DOI 10.1007/s12210-010-0084-2.

· AMOS C.L., VILLATORO M., HELSBY R., THOMPSON C.E.L., ZAGGIA L., UMGIESSER G., VENTURINI V., ARE D., SUTHERLAND T.F., MAZZOLDI A. & RIZZETTO F. (2010) - The measurement of sand transport in two inlets of Venice lagoon, Italy. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 87, 225-236, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2009.05.016.

· DE FRANCO R., BIELLA G., TOSI L., TEATINI P., LOZEJ A., CHIOZZOTTO B., GIADA M., RIZZETTO F., CLAUDE C., MAYER A., BASSAN V., GASPARETTO-STORI G. (2009) - Monitoring the saltwater intrusion by time lapse electrical resistivity tomography: The Chioggia test site (Venice Lagoon, Italy). Journal of Applied Geophysics, 69, 117-130, doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2009.08.004.

· TOSI L., RIZZETTO F., ZECCHIN M., BRANCOLINI G. & BARADELLO L. (2009) - Morphostratigraphic framework of the Venice Lagoon (Italy) by very shallow water VHRS surveys: Evidence of radical changes triggered by human-induced river diversions. Geophysical Research Letter, 36, L09406, doi:10.1029/2008GL037136.

· ZECCHIN M., BRANCOLINI G., TOSI L., RIZZETTO F., CAFFAU M. & BARADELLO L. (2009) - Anatomy of the Holocene succession of the southern Venice lagoon revealed by very high-resolution seismic data. Continental Shelf Research, 29, 1343-1359, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2009.03.006.

· RIZZETTO F., TOSI L., ZECCHIN M., BRANCOLINI G. & BARADELLO L. (2009) - Ancient geomorphological features in shallows of the Venice Lagoon (Italy). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, ISSN 0749-0258, 752-756.

· ZECCHIN M., BARADELLO L., BRANCOLINI G., DONDA F., RIZZETTO F. & TOSI L. (2008) - Sequence stratigraphy based on high-resolution seismic profiles in the late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits of the Venice area. Marine Geology, 253, 185-198, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.05.010.

· DONDA F., BRANCOLINI G., TOSI L., KOVACEVIC V., BARADELLO L., GACIC M. & RIZZETTO F. (2008) - The ebb-tidal delta of the Venice Lagoon, Italy. The Holocene, Vol. 18, 2, 267-278, DOI: 10.1177/0959683607086765.

· TOSI L., RIZZETTO F., BONARDI M., DONNICI S., SERANDREI BARBERO R. & TOFFOLETTO F. (2007) - Note illustrative della Carta Geologica d’Italia alla scala 1:50.000. 148-149 - Chioggia-Malamocco. APAT, Dipartimento Difesa del Suolo, Servizio Geologico d’Italia, Casa Editrice SystemCart, Roma, 164 pp, 2 allegati cartografici.

· TOSI L., RIZZETTO F., BONARDI M., DONNICI S., SERANDREI BARBERO R. & TOFFOLETTO F. (2007) - Note illustrative della Carta Geologica d’Italia alla scala 1:50.000. 128 - Venezia. APAT, Dipartimento Difesa del Suolo, Servizio Geologico d’Italia, Casa Editrice SystemCart, Roma, 164 pp, 2 allegati cartografici.

· CANALI G., CAPRARO L., DONNICI S., RIZZETTO F., SERANDREI-BARBERO R. & TOSI L. (2007) - Vegetational and environmental changes in the eastern Venetian coastal plain (Northern Italy) over the past 80,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 253, 300-316.

· POUSA J., TOSI L., KRUSE E., GUARAGLIA D., BONARDI M., MAZZOLDI A., RIZZETTO F. & SCHNACK E. (2007) - Coastal processes and environmental hazards: The Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Venetian (Italy) littorals. Environmental Geology, International Journal of Geosciences, vol. 51, 8, 1307-1316, DOI: 10.1007/s00254-006-0424-9.

· BONARDI M., TOSI L., RIZZETTO F., BRANCOLINI G. & BARADELLO L. (2006) - Effects of climate changes on the Late Pleistocene and Holocene sediments of the Venice Lagoon, Italy. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, ISSN 0749-0208, 279-284.

· SERANDREI BARBERO R., ALBANI A., DONNICI S. & RIZZETTO F. (2006) - Past and recent sedimentation rates in the Lagoon of Venice (Northern Italy). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 69, 1-2, 255-269.

· TEATINI P., TOSI L., STROZZI T., CARBOGNIN L., WEGMÜLLER U. & RIZZETTO F. (2005) - Mapping regional land displacements in the Venice coastland by an integrated monitoring system. Remote Sensing of Environment, 98, 403-413.

· GAMBOLATI G., PUTTI M., TEATINI P., CAMPORESE M., FERRARIS S., GASPARETTO STORI G., NICOLETTI V., SILVESTRI S., RIZZETTO F. & TOSI L. (2005) - Peat land oxidation enhances subsidence in the Venice watershed. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, vol. 86, n. 23, 217-224, doi:10.1029/2005EO23000.

· RIZZETTO F., TOSI L., CARBOGNIN L., BONARDI M. & TEATINI P. (2003) - Geomorphological setting and related hydrogeological implications of the coastal plain south of the Venice Lagoon (Italy). In: SERVAT E., NAJEM W., LEDUC C. & SHAKEEL A. (eds), Hydrology of Mediterranean and Semiarid Regions, IAHS Publication no. 278, 463-470.

· RIZZETTO F., MYCIELSKA-DOWGIALLO E. & CASTIGLIONI G.B. (1998) - Some aeolian features in the Po Plain near Este (North Italy). Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 21, 245-253.

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