Atmospheric physics

Study of dynamical, radiative and microphysical processes in the Earth’s Atmosphere, with application to meteorology, climatology, remote sensing and the environment.

The work done by the group of Atmospheric Physics attempts to further the understanding of fundamental issues related to the dynamics, radiative transfer and thermodynamics of the atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge on key processes regulating the evolution of the terrestrial atmosphere, both in the short-term (meteorology) and long-term (climate). Of interest is the development of novel parameterizations (in the lower and higher atmosphere) for improvement of numerical (NWP) weather prediction models. To this end, the research performed by the Group employs a variety of state of the art scientific investigation techniques including: large scale field measurements (both in urban context and in the natural environment), numerical modelling and simulation, development of new satellite missions, novel interpretation of existing data sets.

The Group is also involved in the definition of innovative methods to extract the maximum information content from in-situ and remote sensing measurements of the atmosphere either from active or passive sensors, with the aim to improve the knowledge of clouds and precipitation physics.

Research is fully integrated in the national and international context, it is funded by national and international projects including Horizon2020, ESA-funded project etc. The group is active in numerous collaborations with several research institutions (local, national or international).

There are 4 main areas of research: dynamics of the atmosphere at multi-scale, microphysics of clouds and precipitation; remote sensing and radiative transfer of clouds; forward/inverse modelling for atmosphere remote sensing.

People

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Jacopo Alessandri

Research fellow

keywords: Physical oceanography, Coastal oceanogrpahy, Numerical modelling, Data analysis
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Enrico Baglione

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: fluid dynamics, Nature-based Solutions, tsunami hazard, natural hazard, mathematical modelling, tsunami early warning,
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Francesco Barbano

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Buondary layer in complex terrain, Urban boundary layer, Vegetation in Urban Environment, Urban Heat Island,
keywords: Intermittency, Chaotic Systems, Atmosphere, Predictability
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Elena Bianco

Research fellow

keywords: extreme events, internal climate variability, ensemble climate simulations
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Erika Brattich

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: air pollution, dispersion modeling, receptor modeling, urban meteorology, atmospheric aerosol, PM10, PM2.5, PMx, air
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Luigi Brogno

PhD Student

keywords: Buondary layer in complex terrain, Nature-Based Solutions, Mountain Meteorology, Atmospheric Turbulence,
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Natale Alberto Carrassi

Associate Professor

keywords: Data Assimilation, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
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Carlo Cintolesi

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Large-Eddy Simulation · Turbulence · Conjugate Heat Transfer
keywords: Severe storms, Tornadoes, Modelling, Mesoscale
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Silvana Di Sabatino

Full Professor

keywords: Urban Meteorology, Boundary-layer processes over complex terrain, Atmospheric Dynamics, Computational fludidynamics,
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Luca Famooss Paolini

Research fellow

Teaching tutor

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Antonio Giordani

Research fellow

keywords: Numerical weather prediction, Severe-weather events, Atmospheric forecasting, Regional reanalysis
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Marcello Grenzi

PhD Student

keywords: Meteorology, Numerical Modeling, Convective Systems, Data Assimilation
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Laura Sandra Leo

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Field Experiments, Urban fluid mechanics, Complex terrain weather, Nature-based Solutions,
keywords: Climatology, Teleconnections, Machine learning
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Tiziano Maestri

Associate Professor

keywords: remote sensing, radiative transfer in multiple scattering environment, clouds and aerosols, cloud identification and
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Michele Martinazzo

PhD Student

Research fellow

Teaching tutor

keywords: Radiative Transfer, Retrieval Techniques
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Salvatore Pascale

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Climate Dynamics, Climate Change, Monsoons, hydroclimatic extremes
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Federico Porcù

Associate Professor

keywords: atmospheric remote sensing, precipitation, microphysical processes in clouds
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Paolo Ruggieri

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Physics of Climate, Dynamics and Thermodynamics of the atmosphere, Climate predictions
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Davide Sabatani

PhD Student

keywords: Variability modes at interannual scales, Climate, climate change, Climate modelling
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Maryam Sarfraz

PhD Student

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Matteo Siena

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Extreme events analysis, Atmospheric physics, Numerical Weather Prediction, Radiative Transfer, Atmospheric Chemistry
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Malik Safi Ullah

PhD Student

keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Urban microclimate

Francesca Vittorioso

Research fellow

keywords: Radiative Transfer, Sea Ice, Data Assimilation, Satellite Data