Dr Giulio Curioni BSc, MSc, PhD, M.I. Soil Sci.

Dr Giulio Curioni

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Giulio is an environmental scientist specialised in soil and environmental field monitoring. His main current research focuses on the use of active distributed temperature sensing (A-DTS) techniques for detecting the occurrence of water turbidity spikes in groundwater wells and for soil moisture monitoring.


  • 2013 - PhD, University of Birmingham, School of Civil Engineering, Birmingham, UK
  • 2008 - MSc, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Milan, Italy
  • 2005 - BSc, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Milan, Italy


Giulio completed both BCs and MSc at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology. His final research years focused on soil classification and soil erosion of a selected study area in the Alps.

He subsequently moved to the University of Birmingham (UK) where he completed a PhD in Civil Engineering focusing on the field monitoring of electromagnetic soil properties using Time Domain Reflectometry probes in relation to the performance of Ground Penetrating Radar.

He has been a Research Fellow in the same department for 6 years working on the Mapping The Underworld (http://www.mappingtheunderworld.ac.uk/) and Assessing The Underworld (http://assessingtheunderworld.org/) projects. The main research activities during this time were the development of a knowledge-based system for the prediction of soil properties and soil suitability for an optimised use of Ground Penetrating Radar and the further development of innovative Time Domain Reflectometry methods for measuring soil moisture (volumetric and gravimetric) and other physical properties of the soil (e.g. density).

 He joined the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2018, where he currently works as a Research Fellow on the NERC funded project “Reducing storm-induced contamination risks to water supply infrastructure by Active-Fibre-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing”(NERC reference: NE/R014752/1).


University of Birmingham, School of Engineering:

  • Soil Mechanics (2016-2017): contributor and responsible for laboratory sessions.
  • Geotechnical Engineering 1 (2017-2018): contributor and responsible for laboratory sessions.
Dr Curioni has co-supervised and provided training and support to a number of MSc and PhD students conducting laboratory or field work. He also delivered a number of lectures to undergraduates on soil compaction and shallow geophysical techniques.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Curioni is available for co-supervising MSc and PhD students together with Professor Stefan Krause. Please contact Professor Krause if interested.


Research Group: Physical Geography

Current research:

  • Soil and environmental monitoring using a range of sensing techniques (primarily Time Domain Reflectometry, Active Distributed Temperature Sensing, Ground Penetrating Radar), including innovative applications and further development of these techniques.
  • Understanding the occurrence of turbidity spikes in groundwater wells.
  • Measuring soil physical properties in the field (e.g. soil moisture, density).

Previous projects:

Researcher identifier numbers:

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giulio_Curioni

Scopus Author ID: 36514477000

ORCID: 0000-0002-9243-5436

Other activities

Dr Curioni is a member of the task group (reference: WK57572) for updating the ASTM D6780/D6780M-12 Standard Test Method for Water Content and Density of Soil In situ by Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR).


  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Royal, A.C.D., Metje, N., Dashwood, B., Gunn, D.A., Inauen, C.M., Chambers, J.E., Meldrum, P.I., Wilkinson, P.B., Swift, R.T., Reeves, H.J., accepted. TDR potential for soil condition monitoring of geotechnical assets. Canadian Geotechnical Journal
  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Lleyton, J.P., Royal A.C.D., Metje, N., 2018. Extending TDR capability for measuring soil density and water content for field condition monitoring. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 144(2), 04017111. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001792
  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Metje, N., 2017. Seasonal variations measured by TDR and GPR on an anthropogenic sandy soil and the implications for utility detection. Journal of Applied Geophysics 141, 34–46. doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2017.01.029
  • Dou, Q., Wei, L., Magee, D.R., Atkins, P.R., Chapman, D.N., Curioni, G., Goddard, K.F., Hayati, F., Jenks, H., Metje, N., Muggleton, J., Pennock, S.R., Rustighi, E., Swingler, S.G., Rogers, C.D.F., Cohn, A.G., 2016. 3D buried utility location using a marching-cross-section algorithm for multi-sensor data fusion. Sensors 16. doi:10.3390/s16111827
  • Du, H., Dimitrova, V., Magee, D., Stirling, R., Curioni, G., Reeves, H., Clarke, B., Cohn, A., 2016. An ontology of soil properties and processes. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 9982 LNCS, 30–37. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-46547-0_4
  • Iodice, M., Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Muggleton, J.M., Royal, A.C.D., Rustighi, E., 2015. Joint Use of Seismic and Electromagnetic Methods in Geophysical Surveys. International Symposium Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering (NDT-CE), Berlin, Germany.
  • Thring, L.M., Boddice, D., Metje, N., Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Pring, L., 2014. Factors affecting soil permittivity and proposals to obtain gravimetric water content from time domain reflectometry measurements. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 51, 1303–1317. doi:10.1139/cgj-2013-0313
  • Pennock, S.R., Abed, T.M., Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., John, U.E., Jenks, C.H.J., 2014. Investigation of soil contamination by iron pipe corrosion and its influence on GPR detection. 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2014, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 381–386. doi:10.1109/ICGPR.2014.6970451
  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Metje, N., Foo, K.Y., Cross, J.D., 2012. Construction and calibration of a field TDR monitoring station. Near Surface Geophysics 10, 249–261.
  • Foo, K.Y., Hao, T., Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Metje, N., Atkins, P.R., 2011. A knowledge-based system for evaluating the impact of soil properties on the performance of utility location technologies: Design and case study. Presented at the ICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011, Beijing, China, pp. 810–825. doi:10.1061/41202(423)87
  • Royal, A.C.D., Rogers, C.D.F., Atkins, P.R., Chapman, D.N., Curioni, G., Foo, K.Y., Hao, T., Metje, N., Moghareh, A., Shirgiri, N., Wazlan, S., 2011. Pipeline engineering in the ground: The impact of ground conditions on pipeline condition and maintenance operations. ICPTT 2011: Sustainable Solutions for Water, Sewer, Gas, and Oil Pipelines - International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology 2011, Beijing, China, pp. 1598–1609. doi:10.1061/41202(423)169
  • Royal, A.C.D., Rogers, C.D.F., Atkins, P.R., Brennan, M.J., Chapman, D.N., Cohn, A.G., Curioni, G., Foo, K.., Goddard, K., Lewin, P.L., Metje, N., Muggleton, J.M., Naji, A., Pennock, S.R., Redfern, M.A., Saul, A.J., Swingler, S.G., Wang, P., 2010. Mapping the underworld: Location phase II-latest developments. 28th International No-Dig Conference and Exhibition 2010, NO-DIG 2010, Singapore, pp. 111–120.
  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Metje, N., Rogers, C.D.F., Hao, T., Thomas, A.M., 2010a. Investigation of field variation of soil water content in order to facilitate shallow geophysical surveys. Eleventh BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium, Bristol, UK, pp. 39–40.
  • Curioni, G., Chapman, D.N., Metje, N., Rogers, C.D.F., Thomas, A.M., Foo, K.Y., Atkins, P.R., 2010b. Seasonal Variation in Soil Water Content. Third International Symposium on Soil Water Measurement Using Capacitance, Impedance and TDT, Murcia, Spain.
  • Thomas, A.M., Curioni, G., Foo, K.Y., Atkins, P.R., Rogers, C.D.F., Chapman, D.N., 2010. Improving TDR for use with fine-grained soils. First International Conference on Frontiers in Shallow Subsurface Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. pp. 169–172.

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