Massimiliano Zappa

portrait Dr. Massimiliano Zappa

Hydrological Extreme Events
Mountain Hydrology and Torrents
Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

Phone: +41 (0) 44 739 24 33
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: massimiliano.zappa(at)
URL Institution:
Phone: +41 (0) 44 739 24 33
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: massimiliano.zappa(at)
URL Institution:

Programs in which Massimiliano Zappa holds an official function:
CHymember2018 -
SGHLboard member2011 -

Additional functions:
Swiss expert for COST 731

Key Publications of Massimiliano Zappa (up to ten) :
Bogner K, Liechti K, Bernhard L, Monhart S,Zappa M. 2018. Skill of hydrological extended range forecasts for water resources management in Switzerland. Water Resources Management, 32(3), 969-984.

Antonetti M, Scherrer S, Kienzler PM, Margreth M, Zappa M. 2017. Process-based hydrological modelling: the potential of a bottom-up approach for runoff predictions in ungauged catchments. Hydrological Processes, 31(16), 2902-2920.

Jörg-Hess S, Griessinger N and Zappa M. 2015. Probabilistic Forecasts of Snow Water Equivalent and Runoff in Mountainous Areas. J. Hydrometeor, 16, 2169–2186. doi:

Zappa M, Andres N, Kienzler P, Naef-Huber D,Marti C, Oplatka M. 2015. Crash-Tests for forward-looking flood control in the city of Zürich (Switzerland), Proc. IAHS, 370, 235-242, doi:10.5194/piahs-370-235-2015.

Speich M, Bernhard L, Teuling AJ, Zappa M. Application of bivariate mapping for hydrological classification and analysis of temporal change and scale effects in Switzerland. Journal of Hydrology. Volume 523, April 2015, Pages 804–821, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.086

Liechti K, Panziera L, Germann U, Zappa M. 2013. The potential of radar-based ensemble forecasts for flash-flood early warning in the southern Swiss Alps. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 3853-3869, doi:10.5194/hess-17-3853-2013

Bosshard T, Carambia M, Görgen K, Kotlarski S, Krahe P, Zappa M, Schär C. 2013. Quantifying uncertainty sources in an ensemble of hydrological climate-impact projections. Water Resources Research, 49, doi:10.1029/2011WR011533.

Fundel F, Joerg-Hess S, Zappa M. 2013. Monthly hydrometeorological ensemble prediction of streamflow droughts and corresponding drought indices. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 395-407, doi:10.5194/hess-17-395-2013.

Addor N, Jaun S, Fundel F, Zappa M. 2011. An operational hydrological ensemble prediction system for the city of Zurich (Switzerland): skill, case studies and scenarios, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2327-2347, doi:10.5194/hess-15-2327-2011.

Zappa M, Jaun S, Germann U, Walser A, Fundel F. 2011. Superposition of three sources of uncertainties in operational flood forecasting chains. Atmospheric Research. . Thematic Issue on COST731. Volume 100, Issues 2-3, 246-262. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.12.005

Expertise of Massimiliano Zappa:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Topic HydrospherePrecipitation / Runoff
Hydrogeology (Hydrological Modelling)
Topic CryosphereSnow Cover
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleRegional
National / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusMean Change / Trends
Time ScaleSeasonal / Annual
Decadal / Centennial
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Collection - Documents, Archives
Data Analysis
GeoForum General-TechnologyTechnologies, Engineering, Physics
GeoForum Geo-TechnologyGeoinformatics

Specialties of Massimiliano Zappa:
Hydrological extremes
Monitoring and operational forecasting

Last update: 1/14/19
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