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https://sites.google.com/site/unipabridge/research-team/  Marcello Bitetto

Marcello Bitetto (born April 18, 1978) has a degree in Geological sciences taken at Palermo University on April 2009 and a Specialization in Environmental Monitoring and Data Management. On 2011, he collaborated with the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in the framework of an Environmental Monitoring project. Since June 2013, he joined a research group of an ERC projectmcalled “Bridge” (P.I. Aiuppa) which aims to the installation of a SO2 camera network in Stromboli and Etna. Since March 2014, he gained a scholarship in a research group of the Deep Carbon Observatory's DECADE, with the task of assembling multi-gas portable gas analyzers (MultiGAS), for the Real-time continuous measurement of volcanic gas composition. Between 2013 and 2015, has installed MultiGAS monitoring stations on Stromboli, Etna, Campi Flegrei (Italy), Santorini (Greece), Villarrica (Chile) and Merapi volcano (Indonesia).

 Dario Delle Donne

Dario Delle Donne (born November 14, 1975) is researcher at DiSTeM (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare) of Palermo University, where he is teaching Geophysical Monitoring of Active Volcanoes at the Science Faculty. His research activity focuses on the study of explosive dynamics of volcanoes by integrating infrasonic, thermal and seismic techniques. He collaborates with University of Firenze (Laboratorio di Geofisica Sperimentale) for the geophysical monitoring of many active volcanoes worldwide (Italy, Iceland, Ecuador, Montserrat, Argentina) and for volcanic hazard assessment and surveillance of Stromboli and Etna volcanoes.  Since September 2013, he joined a research group of a ERC project called “Bridge” (P.I. Alessandro Aiuppa) which aims to the comparison of volcanic gas emission with infrasonic, thermal and seismic observations, in order to improve the understanding on the volcanic explosive dynamics. D.D.D. is author of 21 scientific papers in international (ISI) peer reviewed scientific journals (H-INDEX, 11).

 Rossella Di Napoli

Rossella di Napoli (born 28.06.79) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at DISTEM Department of the University of Palermo. Rossella has a degree in Geological sciences taken at Palermo University (2005) and a PhD in geochemistry (2009). Her  research activity  is focussed on field investigation of CO2 release from volcanic hydrothermal systems, on the modelling of gas-water-rock-interaction processes, and on geochemical modelling of hydrothermal processes in general. The most significant scientific papers of RDN target the relationship between magmatic degassing and chemical composition of groundwaters in volcanic/hydrothermal aquifers, and the modelling of scrubbing of volcanic gases in hydrothermal and groundwater systems. RdN is author of 11 scientific papers in international (ISI) peer reviewed scientific journals (H-INDEX, 5), 4 of which as first author.

 Francesco Parello

Francesco Parello is Full Professor in Geochemistry and Volcanology at Dipartimento DiSTeM, Università di Palermo.



 Maria Pedone

In 2011, Maria Pedone took her degree in geology. She worked on the  analysis of leached soluble salts on the surface of volcano Eyjafjallajokull ashes (2010 eruption). Later, during a Ph.D in Geochemistry (started in 2012; ended in 2015), she worked on gas emissions analysis in volcanic/hydrothermal/fumarolic environment, by using Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy Technique. During last year spent at INGV of Palermo, she also used a multi-parameters sensor (Multi-GAS) for the analysis of CO2, H2S, SO2, H2 etc. The aims of her research were: creating tomographic maps of the concentration of those species in the study areas; and also to quantify their fluxes to atmosphere. M.P. had the opportunity to take experience not only at INGV Palermo; but also at OVPF in Reunion; ISMOSAV in Santorini and IMO in Iceland. A short experience was also at CVARG in Ponta Delgada, Azores. With the Ph.D thesis entitled: "Real-time Measurement of Volcanic Gases based on Infrared Spectroscopy", tutor Prof. Alessandro Aiuppa, of DiSTeM, Palermo) she won the Award “Galli" organized by So.Ge.I (Italian Geochemical Society) as "the best Ph.D thesis in Geochemistry on Magmatic Processes within the EU academic years 2013-14, 2014-15". She worked one year at INGV- section of Palermo, thanks European Social Funds (FSE) in the project on “Evaluation and Monitoring of Environmental/Natural Risks”.

 Philippe Robidoux

Philippe Robidoux is a PhD student in Geochemistry.

 Simone Santoro

Simone Santoro is a Postdoctoral Researcher at DISTEM Department of the University of Palermo. He's developing and testing LIDAR instrument to measure Carbon Dioxide in the Volcanic Plume. In July 2007 S.S. carried out his Degree in Physics at University of Catania and a second level University Master in ‘Information communication Technology. In the Year 2008, he followed a stage in INGEGNO SRL to analyze, study and do impact assessments for electromagnetic low and high frequency. He obtained his  Ph.D. in March 2013. During this experience, he was an active collaborator in the team of the CHIMERA Nuclear Detector and was co-responsible for CHIMERA Group in the ASYEOS Experiment realized at GSI laboratory (Germany). He dealt in particular of the electronic chain cabling, Data Analysis and a part of software implementation for monitoring acquisition of the experimental data relatively the CHIMERA Detector.

Giancarlo Tamburello (www)

Giancarlo Tamburello (born March 27, 1985) is researcher at DiSTeM (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare) of Palermo University, where he is teaching Applied Geochemistry at the Science Faculty. His research activity focuses on the study of the volcanic gas geochemistry,on the volcanic gas-based monitoring and forecasting of volcanic eruptions using real-time in situ and remote techniques. G.T. collaborates with the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia of Palermo (INGV) for development of a multi-sensor .volcanic gas analyzer (MultiGAS). Since September 2013, he joined a research group of a ERC project called “Bridge” (P.I. Alessandro Aiuppa) which aims to the installation of a SO2 camera network in Stromboli and Etna. G.T. is author of 26 scientific papers in international (ISI) peer reviewed scientific journals (H-INDEX, 9), 8 of which as first author. On 29 October 2014, during the III edition of Rittmann conference (Nicolosi, Italy), he received a medal as young promising researcher in volcanology on the basis of his scientific career.

Mariano Valenza

Mariano Valenza is Full Professor in Geochemistry and Volcanology at Dipartimento DiSTeM, Università di Palermo.