Alessandra Crosato PhD, MSc

Associate Professor of River Morphology and River Engineering


Dr Crosato was employed by IHE Delft in November 2006 after having worked for almost 20 years as a consultant hydraulic engineer, specialised in morphological changes of rivers and estuaries, mainly in Deltares. At IHE Delft, Dr Crosato holds the position of Associate Professor in River Morphodynamics and River Engineering, whereas she also holds the position of research associate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Her current research deals with the development of bars in river channels and river planimetric changes, as well as floating debris in river channels, for which she carries out laboratory experiments and develops process-based mathematical models. Other current research topics deal with the interaction between vegetation, river planimetry, river morphology and floodplain sedimentation. These studies are mainly based on mathematical and numerical modelling validated on field and experimental data. In the late 1980’s Dr Crosato developed the mathematical and numerical model MIANDRAS, which marked a relevant step forward in the modelling of river planimetric changes. The model is still used at several research institutes and universities and in the framework of the EU-funded project, IRWM-NET IMPACT, dealing with river habitats. Dr Crosato is the responsible and major lecturer for the courses “River Morphodynamics” and “River Training and Rehabilitation” and contributes to other courses. She is currently mentoring two PhD students at IHE Delft and three at TU Delft, whereas she is also co-mentoring PhD students in the framework of the EU Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programme SMART, led by the University of Trent, Italy.

Dr Crosato is a member of the  Programme Committee of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR) and of the Europe Division Leadership Team of IAHR, as well as of the scientific committees of the conferences RCEM 2015, IAHR 2015 World Congress and IAHR 2016 Europe Congress. She is currently a guest editor of the journal Advances in Water Resources for the special issue on River Morphodynamic Modelling.


ZERFU T., BEEVERS L & CROSATO A., 2015. Input parameter influence on river corridor predictions. Proceedings of the ICE Water Management. DOI: 10.1680/wama.13.00114.

VARGAS-LUNA A., CROSATO A. & UIJTTEWAAL W.S.J., 2015. Effects of vegetation on flow and sediment transport: comparative analyses and validation of predicting models. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 40, Issue 2, pp. 157-176.

KHAN O., MWELWA-MUTEKENYA E., CROSATO A. & ZHOU Y., 2014. Effects of dam operation on downstream river morphology, the case of the Middle Zambezi River. Proceedings of the ICE Water Management, Special issue on Reservoir Management, Vol. 167, Issue 10, pp. 596–611.

ALI Y.S.A., CROSATO A., MOHAMED Y.A., WRIGHT N.G. & ROELVINK J.A., 2014. Water resource assessment along the Blue Nile River with a one-dimensional model. Proceedings of the ICE Water Management, Vol. 167, Issue 7, pp. 394-413. 

OMER A.Y.A., ALI Y.S.A., CROSATO A., PARON P. ROELVINK J.A. & DASTGHEIB A., 2014. Modelling of sedimentation processes inside Roseires Reservoir (Sudan). Earth Surf. Dynam. Discuss., 2, 153-179,, doi:10.5194/esurfd-2-153-2014.

ALI Y.S.A., CROSATO A., MOHAMED Y.A., ABDALLA S.H. & WRIGHT N.G., 2014. Sediment balances in the Blue Nile River Basin. International Journal of Sediment Research, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 316-328.

CROSATO A., RAJBHANDARI N., COMITI F., CHERRADI X. & UIJTTEWAAL W.S.J., 2013. Flume experiment on entrainment of large wood in lowland rivers. Journal of Hydraulic Research., Vol. 51, No. 5, pp 581-588.

CROSATO A., 2012. Editorial. Proceedings of the ICE Water Management, Vol. 165, Issue 7, pp. 353-354.

CROSATO A., DESTA F.B., CORNELISSE J., SCHUURMAN F. & UIJTTEWAAL W.S.J., 2012. Experimental and numerical findings on the long-term evolution of migrating alternate bars in alluvial channels. Water Resources Research, Vol. 48, W06524, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011320.

CROSATO A., MOSSELMAN E., DESTA F.B. & UIJTTEWAAL W.S.J., 2011. Experimental and numerical evidence for intrinsic nonmigrating bars in alluvial channels. Water Resources Research, Vol. 47, W03511, doi 10.1029/2010WR009714.

CROSATO A. & SAMIR SALEH M., 2011. Numerical study on the effects of floodplain vegetation on river planform style. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 36, Issue 6, pp. 711-720.

MONTES A.A., CROSATO A. & MIDDELKOOP H., 2010. Reconstructing the early 19th century Waal River by means of a 2D physics-based numerical model. Journal of Hydrological Processes, Vol. 24, Issue 25, pp. 3661-3675.

VILLADA ARROYAVE J.A. & CROSATO A., 2010. Effects of river floodplain lowering and vegetation cover. Proceedings of the ICE Water Management, Vol. 163, Issue 9, pp. 457-467.

CROSATO A., 2009. Physical explanations of variations in river meander migration rates from model comparison. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2078-2086.

CROSATO, A. & MOSSELMAN E., 2009. Simple physics-based predictor for the number of river bars and the transition between meandering and braiding, Water Resour. Research, Vol. 45, W03424, doi: 10.1029/2008WR007242.

CROSATO A., 2007. Effects of smoothing and regridding in numerical meander migration models. Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, Issue 1, W01401, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005087.

TOFFOLON M. & CROSATO A., 2007. Developing macroscale indicators for estuarine morphology: the case of the Scheldt Estuary. Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 195-212.