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I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in the physics of the climate system. I use different tools (from in-situ observations to high resolution numerical models) to mainly understand how the surface heterogeneities affect the atmospheric dynamics.
I have been looking at the effects of sea surface temperature fronts on the surface winds, low level clouds and rainfall using models, reanalysis, in situ and satellite data. I am now studying how the differential surface heating in future climates may impact the large-scale atmospheric dynamics.
With some friends and colleagues we have started doing dissemination activities in the mountains, with schools and the general public. Check our website out: CLIMALP-scienza in quota (in Italian).
I am convinced that only if we know our world better we can guess the way towards a global sustainable future.
11 Nov 2023: A new Scientific Reports paper on the link between energy and carbonate distribution is out
30 Oct-3 Nov 2023: We run the High-Resolution Atmospheric Models for Regional Applications: a RegCM and WRF Advanced School at EAIFR, Kigali, Rwanda
25-29 Sep 2023: We are going to the Netherlands at the Lorentz Center workshop Atmosphere-ocean coupling at (sub)mesoscales.
24 Aug 2023: Published on the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society the paper that describes the main results of GLAUCO: satellite data reveal an instantaneous wind response over western boundary current SST gradients.
5-15 Jun 2023: I'm very happy to attend the SOLAS (Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study) summer school at the OSCM in Mindelo, Capo Verde! I won one of the student best presentation awards! Here is the final report where some information on GLAUCO's research is available.
14 Mar 2023: The Frontiers in Marine Science paper on the importance of the air-sea coupling in the spatial modulation of the latent heat flux is out!
9 Mar 2023: The Journal of Climate publishes our paper on the role of environmental conditions in the modulation of the wind-SST coupling
14 Feb 2023: A workshop on the Communication of Climate Change takes place at DISAT, UnimiB. Here a description of the day (in Italian), published on the blog IconaClima.
20 Oct 2022: The Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres publishes our analyses on the atmospheric response to a cold patch during EUREC4A, using in-situ observations
9 Aug 2022: The paper introducing a new metric to evaluate the pressure adjustment mechanism is published on the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres.
23-27 May 2022: LPS22 takes place in Bonn, Germany. I'm presenting the work done in GLAUCO and I'm interviewed by the public German radio
17 Feb 2022: The new Biogeosciences paper on the Boron incorporation by Lithothamnion corallioides is published.
15-18 Feb 2022: We are presenting our works at the 4th AISAM congress in Milan.
13 Jan 2022: The new paper on the impacts of oceanic variables on the characterization of the rhodolith bed in Sardinia is out.
Nov 2021: I go to the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) in Paris to visit Sabrina Speich's group for a month.
21 Sep 2021: "Climatic signature of the fast atmospheric response to sea surface thermal structures in the Mediterranean Sea" seminar within the WHOI Physical Oceanography seminar series.
26 Apr 2021: New paper published on Geophysical Research Letters! It shows the SST impacts on the atmospheric boundary layer dynamics in the Mediterranean.
7 Apr 2021: The paper validating the CIMA Research Foundation WRF configuration is published on the Bulletin of Atmospheric Science and Technology.
6 Apr 2021: We published a Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society paper on the sensitivity of some heavy rainfall simulations in Africa to PBL (planetary boundary layer) and microphysical schemes.
15 Mar 2021: The GLAUCO ESA CCI project starts.
13 Jan 2021: I am awarded the MDPI Climate 2021 Travel Award!
30 Dec 2020: My interview on climate change is available on a local website (in Italian).
10 Dec 2020: Our new paper on the Piedmont 1994 event is published on the Bulletin of Atmospheric Science and Technology.
6 Dec 2020: The commentary paper on the atmospheric response induced by the cold wakes of tropical cyclones is out on Geophysical Research Letters.
23 Nov 2020: I got selected for the ESA CCI Fellowship: in March the GLAUCO project will start!
18 Nov 2020: We published a Remote Sensing paper on the positive effect that assimilating high-resolution water vapor maps has on a heavy rainfall event forecast.
26 Oct 2020: The Frontiers in Earth Science paper, where we discuss how to obtain absolute InSAR ZTD (Zenith Total Delay) maps, is published.
20 Apr 2020: A short interview on the EUREC4A field campaign is released on the CIMA Research Foundation website.
Jan-Feb 2020: We are out at sea, in the western tropical Atlantic for the EUREC4A field campaign.