M. Clementina Caputo, Ricercatore

email maria.caputo AT ba.irsa.cnr.it
Address Via F. De Blasio,5
70132 Bari
Telephone +39 080 5820536
Fax +39 080 5313365

Research Topics
  • Development of innovative experimental approaches, both in laboratory and field, in order to study the processes occurring in the vadose zone.
  • Hydraulic characterization of media, particularly of rocks.
  • Design of new devices for the experimental determination of water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions of the rocks.
  • Upscaling of the physical and hydrogeological properties using an experimental approach integrated with geophysical techniques.
Research activities / Ongoing Projects
  • Study of preferential flow in rock both at laboratory and field scales, using ERT, with emphasis on quantifying water content.
  • Calibration of new sensors to measure water content in rocks both in laboratory and field.
  • European Project Eureka E!3838 – EUROENVIRON RDPCMSSMM “Reseach, Development and Processing of Computerized Measuring System of Soils Moisture with EIS Method”.
Recent Publications
  • Caputo M. C. & Nimmo J. (2005): Quasi-steady centrifuge method of unsaturated hydraulic properties. Water Resouces Research, W11504, DOI:10.1029/2005WR003957, 41 (10) 1-5.
  • Passarella G. & Caputo M. C. (2006): A Methodology for space-time classification of groundwater quality. Environmental Monitoring And Assessment, DOI:10.1007/s10661-006-6547-3, 115, 97-117.
  • Caputo M. C., De Carlo L., Masciopinto C. & Nimmo J. (2007): Integration of Electric Resistivity Profile and Infiltrometer Measurements to Calibrate a  Numerical Model of Vertical Flow in Fractured and Karstic Limestone. AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall meeting, San Francisco, California (USA), 10 – 14 dicembre 2007, 88(52), H41H-08.
  • Caputo M. C. & Nimmo J. (2008): Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties of Rocks: how to measure them in the laboratory and in the field? 2008 Joint Annual Meeting (5-9 Oct. 2008) Huston, Texas (USA), 5 – 9 ottobre 2008.
  • Caputo M. C., De Carlo L., Masciopinto C., Nimmo J. (2009): Measurement of field-saturated hydraulic conductivity on fractured rock outcrops with an adjustable large ring infiltrometer. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12665-009-0198-y Published online:June 2009.
  • Caputo M. C., De Carlo L., De Benedictis F., Vurro M. (2009): Hydraulic characterization of rocky subsurface using field infiltrometer measurements coupled with hydrogeophysical investigations. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, 19 - 24 aprile 2009, vol. 11, EGU2009-10470.
  • Caputo M. C., De Benedictis F., Vurro M. (2009): How to measure the unsaturated hydraulic properties of rocks? Atti 12th International Scientific Conference, April 20-22, 2009 Brno, Czech Republic, 29-32. ISBN 978-80-7204-629-4.
  • Caputo M. C., De Benedictis F., Masciale R. (2009): Measurements of rock water content with Z-meter 2 device. Atti 5th Working Session within the Framek of the International Project EUREKA - Project No.: E!3838. November 11-13, 2009 Brno, Czech Republic, 77-87. ISBN 978-80-214-3969-6.  

PDF Curriculum

Quasi-Steady Centrifuge Method (WRR, 2005. 41 (10) 1-5)

Installation of ring infiltrometer and electrodes in a quarry of calcarenite.