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I am an ESA CCI postdoctoral researcher interested in the physics of the climate system. I am now working on the GLAUCO project at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

By looking at long-term records of sea surface temperature (SST), wind speed, cloud cover and rainfall, the GLAUCO project aims at quantifying the importance of the fast air-sea interactions on the climate system. In particular, the mechanisms that mediate the atmospheric response to the oceanic thermal forcing will be studied at different spatio-temporal scales. At the same time, the control exerted on such mechanisms by the environmental conditions will be assessed. Local features will be characterized by appropriate regional studies within the global framework.

I have already worked on air-sea interactions at small and fast scales using atmospheric and oceanic numerical models, and observational products. In 2020, I also took part in the EUREC4A-OA field campaign in the Tropical Atlantic.

I am convinced that only if we know our world better we can guess the way towards a global sustainable future.


  • 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 LMD 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 Geophys. Res. Lett.! It shows the SST impacts on the atmospheric dynamics in the Mediterranean.

  • 7 Apr 2021: The paper validating the CIMA Research Foundation WRF configuration is published on the Bull. Atmos. Sci. Technol.

  • 6 Apr 2021: We published a Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc. paper on the sensitivity of some heavy rainfall simulations in Africa to PBL and MP 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 Bull. Atmos. Sci. Technol.

  • 6 Dec 2020: The commentary paper on the atmospheric response induced by the cold wakes of tropical cyclones is out on Geophys. Res. Lett.

  • 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 Sens. paper on the positive effect that assimilating high-resolution water vapor maps has on a heavy rainfall event forecast.

  • 26 Oct 2020: The Front. Earth Sci. paper, where we discuss how to obtain absolute InSAR ZTD 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.