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Cristiano Ballabio graduated in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He has been working as a free-lance consultant in soil and environmental sciences, focusing mostly on GIS and mapping.

After two years as a free-lance consultant, he went back to academy work on landslide hazard as a research fellow within the frame of the ALARM project. At the end of the ALARM project he enrolled in a PhD course in Geology and geotechnologies at the University of Milano-Bicocca, focusing on spatial statistics and studying radioactive contamination in the Alps. During the PhD he spent several months at the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture, University of Sydney (Australia) as a visiting student.

After getting the PhD degree he worked as a research fellow at the Department of Environmental and Land Sciences of the University of Milano-Bicocca. He has been a lecturer in Environmental Geology in the University of Milano-Bicocca and lecturer of Spatial Statistics in training courses of different governmental institutions. Beside mapping related skills he possess a solid experience in soil surveys, with experience as a field surveyor in very diverse environments all around the world.

He joined jrc in 2012 to work on the Global Soil project.
Main research topics include:
- Digital Soil Mapping and Pedometrics
- Groundwater pollution hazard estimation and mapping
- Landslide hazard mapping
- Soil pollution mapping and risk assessment
- Spatial ecology

Cristiano Ballabio


Land Resource Management – Soil action


post-doc (cat. 30)


Digital Soil Mapping, Pedometrics, Spatial ecology


Publications in Peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Panagos, P., Ballabio, C., Borrelli, P., Meusburger, K., Klik, A., Rousseva, S., Tadic, M.P., Michaelides, S., Hrabalíková, M., Olsen, P., Aalto, J., Lakatos, M., Rymszewicz, A., Dumitrescu, A., Beguería, S., Alewell, C. Rainfall erosivity in Europe. Sci Total Environ. 511 (2015), pp. 801-814. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.008
  • Sorichetta, A., Masetti, M., Ballabio, C., Sterlacchini, S., Aquifer nitrate vulnerability assessment using positive and negative Weights of Evidence methods, Milan, Italy, Computers & Geosciences, Available online 29 May 2012, ISSN 0098-3004
  • Ballabio, C., Fava, F., Rosenmund, A. A plant ecology approach to digital soil mapping, improving the prediction of soil organic carbon content in alpine grasslands (2012) Geoderma, 187-188, pp. 102-116.
  • Ballabio, C., Sterlacchini, S., Support Vector Machines for Landslide Susceptibility Mapping: The Staffora River Basin Case Study, Italy (2012) Mathematical Geosciences, 44 (1), pp. 47-70.
  • Tato, L., Tremolada, P., Ballabio, C., Guazzoni, N., Parolini, M., Caccianiga, M., Binelli, A. Seasonal and spatial variability of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in vegetation and cow milk from a high altitude pasture in the Italian Alps (2011) Environmental Pollution, 159 (10), pp. 2656-2664.
  • Sorichetta, A., Masetti, M., Ballabio, C., Sterlacchini, S., Beretta, G.P. Reliability of groundwater vulnerability maps obtained through statistical methods (2011) Journal of Environmental Management, 92 (4), pp. 1215-1224.
  • Sterlacchini, S., Ballabio, C., Blahut, J., Masetti, M., Sorichetta, A. Spatial agreement of predicted patterns in landslide susceptibility maps (2011) Geomorphology, 125 (1), pp. 51-61.
  • Ballabio, C. and Comolli, R., Digital Soil Mapping: Bridging Research, Environmental Application, and Operation, chapter Mapping Heavy Metal Content in Soils with Multi- Kernel SVR and LIDAR Derived Data. Springer, 2010
  • Tremolada, P., Parolini, M., Binelli, A., Ballabio, C., Comolli, R., Provini, A. Preferential retention of POPs on the northern aspect of mountains (2009) Environmental Pollution, 157 (12), pp. 3298-3307.
  • Blahut, J., Sterlacchini, S., Ballabio, C. Effect of the input parameters on the spatial variability of landslide susceptibility maps derived by statistical methods. case study of the valtellina valley (italian central alps) [Priestorová variabilita máp náchylnosti území na vznik zosuvov. príkladová štúdia údolia valtellina (talianske centrálne alpy)] (2009) Geograficky Casopis, 61 (1), pp. 3-18.
  • Ballabio, C. Spatial prediction of soil properties in temperate mountain regions using support vector regression (2009) Geoderma, 151 (3-4), pp. 338-350.
  • Tremolada, P., Parolini, M., Binelli, A., Ballabio, C., Comolli, R., Provini, A. Seasonal changes and temperature-dependent accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in high-altitude soils (2009) Science of the Total Environment, 407 (14), pp. 4269-4277.
  • Masetti, M., Sterlacchini, S., Ballabio, C., Sorichetta, A., Poli, S. Influence of threshold value in the use of statistical methods for groundwater vulnerability assessment (2009) Science of the Total Environment, 407 (12), pp. 3836-3846
  • Fabbri, A.G., Remondo, J., Ballabio, C., Poli, S., Chung, C.F., Scholten, H.J. Occurrence neighbourhoods and risk assessment from landslide hazard in northern Spain (2008) WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies, 39, pp. 29-41.