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Edoardo Daly

Edoardo Daly

Senior Lecturer (Water Engineering)
+61 3 990 54979
Room 127, 23 College Walk (Bld 60), Clayton Campus

Professional Appointments:
2005-2008: Post Doc Research Assistant - Civil Engineering, Duke University (USA)
2001-2002: Visiting Researcher, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University (USA)
Research Grants:
- 2015 - 2018: Preserving vegetation health and biodiversity of natural, urban reserves, ARC Linkage (Investigators: E. Daly, C. Lu, M. McGeoch, N. Tapper, J. P. Walker, B. Salmi, M. Keenan, M. Gooding)
- 2014 - 2017: Catchment water balance and CO2 fluxes: A comparison between productive land uses, ARC Linkage (Investigators: E. Daly, C. Rudiger, J. Webb, J. Beringer, J. P. Walker, P. E. Dresel, E. Morse-McNabb, M. Camporese)
- 2014 - 2017: Validation of global water and energy balance monitoring in the Australian Murray-Darling Basin using GCOM-W1 Data. Global Change Observation Mission: Fifth Research Announcement GCOM-W1 (Investigators: J. P. Walker, C. Rudiger, J. Beringer, E. Daly, O. Merlin)
- 2012 - 2014: Towards global water and energy balance monitoring using GCOM-W1 in the Australian Murray-Darling Basin, JAXA (Investigators: J. P. Walker, C. Rudiger, J. Beringer, E. Daly)
- 2009 - 2014: National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), jointly funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Water Commission

Teaching Commitments:

  • CIV2263
  • CIV2207
  • CIV5882


  • Book Chapters
  • Daly, E., G.G. Katul and A. Porporato, 2007, Eco-hydrology: water, carbon, and nutrient cycling in the soil-plant atmosphere continuum. In The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering, 2nd Ed., edited by J. W. Delleur, CRC Press / Taylor and Francis Books, Boca Raton (FL), USA.
  • Journal Papers
  • 2015
  • Bartlett, M.S., E. Daly, J.J. McDonnell, A.J. Parolari, and A. Porporato, Stochastic rainfall-runoff model with explicit soil moisture dynamics, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series A, 471, 20150389, 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2015.0389
  • Unland, N.P., I. Cartwright, E. Daly, B.S. Gilfedder, and A.P. Atkinson, Dynamic river-groundwater exchange in the presence of a saline, semi-confined aquifer, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4817-4829, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10525
  • Zhang Q., G.G. Katul, R. Oren, E. Daly, S. Manzoni, and D. Yang, The hysteresis response of soil CO2 concentration and soil respiration to soil temperature, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 120, 16051618, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003047
  • Grimaldi, S., Orellana, F., and E. Daly, Modelling the effects of soil type and root distribution on shallow groundwater resources, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4457-4469, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10503
  • Hamel, P., E. Daly, and T. D. Fletcher, Which baseflow metrics should be used in assessing flow regimes of urban streams?, Hydrological Processes, 29, 4367-4378, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10475
  • Camporese, M., E. Daly, and C. Paniconi, Catchment-scale Richards equation-based modeling of evapotranspiration via boundary condition switching and root water uptake schemes, Water Resources Research, 51(7), 5756-5771, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017139
  • Yee, M.S., V.R.N. Pauwels, E. Daly, J. Beringer, C. Rudiger, M.F. McCabe, J.P. Walker, A comparison of optical and microwave scintillometers with eddy covariance derived surface heat fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 213, 226-239, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.07.004
  • Murari, K., S. Ghosh, A. Patwardhan, E. Daly, and K. Salvi, Intensification of future severe heat waves in India and their effect on heat stress and mortality, Regional Environmental Change, 15, 569-579, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0660-6
  • Hamel, P., I. McHugh, A. Coutts, E. Daly, J. Beringer, and T.D. Fletcher, An automated chamber system to measure field evapotranspiration rates. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering-ASCE, 20, 04014037, 2015. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001006
  • 2014
  • Daly, E., P.M. Bach, and A. Deletic, Stormwater pollutant runoff: A stochastic approach, Advances in Water Resources, 74, 148-155, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.09.003
  • Verma, P., S.P. Loheide II, D. Eamus, and E. Daly, Root water compensation sustains transpiration rates in an Australian woodland, Advances in Water Resources, 74, 91-101, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.08.013
  • Camporese, M., E. Daly, P.E. Dresel, and J. Webb, Simplified modeling of catchment-scale evapotranspiration via boundary condition switching, Advances in Water Resources, 69, 95-105, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.04.008
  • Mejia, A., E. Daly, F. Rossel, T. Jivanovic, and J. Gironas, A stochastic model of streamflow for urbanized basins, Water Resources Research, 50, 1984-2001, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014834
  • Kabir, I., E. Daly, and F. Maggi, A review of ion and metal pollutants in urban green water infrastructures, Science of the Total Environment, 470/471, 695-706, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.10.010
  • 2013
  • Daly, E., A. Porporato, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Coupled dynamics of photosynthesis, transpiration, and soil water balance. II. Stochastic analysis and ecohydrological significance. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 5(3), 559-566, 2004.
  • Daly, E., A. Porporato, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Coupled dynamics of photosynthesis, transpiration, and soil water balance. I. Upscaling from hourly to daily level. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 5(3), 546-558, 2004.
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, A note on groundwater flow along a hillslope. Water Resources Research, 40, W01601, 2004. DOI: 10.1029/2003WR002438
  • Coutts, A., E. Daly, J. Beringer, and N. Tapper, Assessing practical measures to reduce urban heat: green and cool roofs, Building and Environment, 70, 266-276, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.08.021
  • Grover, S.P.P., A. Cohen, H.S. Chan, S.J. Livesley, J. Beringer, and E. Daly, Occasional large emissions of nitrous oxide and methane observed in stormwater biofiltration systems, Science of the Total Environment, 465, 64-71, 2013. (Special issue: Soil as a Source & Sink for Greenhouse Gases) DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.035
  • Maggi, F., and E. Daly, Decomposition pathways and rates of human urine in soils, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61, 6175-6186, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/jf401212n
  • Daly, E., P. Kolotelo, C. Schang, C. A. Osborne, R. Coleman, A. Deletic, and D. T. McCarthy, Escherichia coli concentrations and loads in an urbanised catchment: The Yarra River, Australia, Journal of Hydrology, 497, 51-61, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.05.024
  • Hamel, P., E. Daly, and T.D. Fletcher, Source-control stormwater management for mitigating the impacts of urbanisation on baseflow: A review, Journal of Hydrology, 485, 201-211, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.01.001
  • 2012
  • Perona, P., E. Daly, B. Crouzy, and A. Porporato, Stochastic dynamics of snow avalanches by superposition of Poisson processes, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series A, 468, 4193-4208, 2012. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2012.0396
  • Daly, E., A. Deletic, B.E. Hatt, and T.D. Fletcher, Modelling of stormwater biofilters under random hydrologic variability: a case study of a carpark at Monash University, Victoria (Australia), Hydrological Processes, 26, 3416-3424, 2012. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8397
  • Orellana, F., P. Verma, S.P. Loheide II, and E. Daly, Monitoring and modeling water-vegetation interactions in groundwater-dependent ecosystems, Reviews of Geophysics, 50, RG3003, doi:10.1029/2011RG000383, 2012. DOI: 10.1029/2011RG000383
  • 2011
  • Porporato, A., P.R. Kramer, M. Cassiani, E. Daly, and J. Mattingly, A local kinetic interpretation of entropy production through reversed diffusion, Physical Review E, 84, 041142, 2011. DOI:
  • Verma, P., J. Yeates, and E. Daly, A stochastic model describing the impact of daily rainfall depth distribution on the soil water balance, Advances in Water Resources, 34, 1039-1048, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2011.05.013
  • 2010
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Effect of different jump distributions on the dynamics of jump processes, Physical Review E, 81, 061133, 2010. DOI:
  • S. Suweis, A. Rinaldo, S. E. A. T. M. Van der Zee, E. Daly, A. Maritan, and A. Porporato, Stochastic modeling of soil salinity, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L07404, 2010. DOI: 10.1029/2010GL042495
  • 2009
  • Daly, E., S. Palmroth, P.C. Stoy, M. Siqueira, A.C. Oishi, J.-Y. Huang, R. Oren, A. Porporato, and G.G. Katul, The effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen amendments on subsurface CO2 production and concentration dynamics in a maturing pine forest, Biogeochemistry, 94, 271-287, doi:10.1007/s10533-009-9327-7, 2009. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-009-9327-7
  • Daly, E., Y. Zinger, A. Deletic, and T.D. Fletcher, A possible mechanism for soil moisture bimodality in humid-land environments, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L07402, 2009. DOI: 10.1029/2008GL036933
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Correlation-anti-correlation transition by state-dependent Poisson noise, Physica D, 238, 170-174, 2009. DOI: 10.1016/j.physd.2008.09.007
  • 2008
  • Viola, F., E. Daly, G. Vico, M. Cannarozzo, and A. Porporato, Transient soil moisture dynamics and climate change in Mediterranean ecosystems, Water Resources Research, 44, W11412, 2008. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006371
  • Daly, E., A.C. Oishi, A. Porporato, and G.G. Katul, A stochastic model for daily subsurface CO2 concentration and related soil respiration, Advances in Water Resources, 31, 987-994, 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.04.001
  • 2007
  • Botter, G., A. Porporato, E. Daly, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, and A. Rinaldo, Probabilistic characterization of base flows in river basins: Roles of soil, vegetation, and geomorphology. Water Resources Research, 43, W06404, 2007. DOI: 10.1029/2006WR005397
  • Katul, G.G., A. Porporato, E. Daly, A.C. Oishi, H.-S. Kim, P.C. Stoy, J.-Y. Juang, and M. Siqueira, On the spectrum of soil moisture in a shallow-rooted uniform pine forest: from hourly to inter-annual scales. Water Resources Research, 43, W05428, 2007. DOI: 10.1029/2006WR005356
  • Porporato, A., J.R. Rigby, and E. Daly, Irreversibility and Fluctuation Theorem in Stationary Time Series. Physical Review Letters, 98, 094101, 2007. DOI:
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Inter-time jump statistics of state-dependent Poisson processes. Physical Review E, 75, 011119, 2007. DOI:
  • 2006
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, State-dependent fire models and related renewal processes. Physical Review E, 74, 041112, 2006. DOI:
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Impact of hydroclimatic fluctuations on the soil water balance. Water Resources Research, 42, W06401, 2006. DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004606
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Probabilistic dynamics of some jump-diffusion system. Physical Review E, 73, 026108, 2006. DOI:
  • Botter, G., E. Daly, A. Porporato, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, and A. Rinaldo, Probabilistic dynamics of soil nitrate: Coupling of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes. Water Resources Research, 44, W03416, 2008. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006108
  • 2005
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, A review of soil moisture dynamics: from rainfall infiltration to ecosystem response. Invited review; special Issue on Geotroposphere, ASCE Journal Environmental Engineering, 22(1), 9-24, 2005.
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Some self-similar solutions in river morphodynamics. Water Resources Research, 41, W12503, 2005. DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004488
  • 2004
  • Daly, E., and A. Porporato, Similarity solutions of nonlinear diffusion problems related to mathematical hydraulics and the Fokker-Planck equation. Physical Review E, 70, 056303, 2004. DOI:
  • Porporato, A., E. Daly, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Soil water balance and ecosystem response to climate change. American Naturalist, 164(5), 625-632, 2004.


Valentina Marchionni - PhD
Bertrand Teodosio - PhD
Nomeritae - PhD
Hossein Basser - PhD
Kamal Kumar Murari - PhD (IITB-Monash)
Mei Sun Yee - PhD (main supervisor: Jeff Walker)
Imran Kabir - PhD at the University of Sydney (main supervisor: Federico Maggi)
Maozhu Tang - Masters (main supervisor: Chunhui Lu)
2015 Noor Mohammad - Masters (main supervisor)
2015 Rowan Drinkwater - Masters (associate supervisor)
2014 Unland Nicolaas - PhD (associate supervisor)
2013 Parikshit Verma - PhD (main supervisor)
2013 Perrine Hamel - PhD (associate supervisor)
2012 Alice Niculescu - Masters (main supervisor)
2011 Felipe Orellana - Masters (main supervisor)
2010 Mobashwera Kabir - PhD (associate supervisor)
Research Fellows
Dr Samantha Grover (2012-2013), funded by the NCGRT
Dr Matteo Camporese (2013), funded by the NCGRT
Dr Stefania Grimaldi (2013-2014), funded by the NCGRT

Community Service:

- 2012-present: member of the editorial board of Advances in Water Resources
- 2012-present: member of the editorial board of Hydrological Processes

Professional Association:

- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)

Research Interests:

  • Eco-hydrology
  • Groundwater-dependent ecosystems
  • Stochastic soil-moisture dynamics and water balance
  • Soil-atmosphere interaction