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Marco Zavatarelli

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Academic discipline: GEO/12 Oceanography and Physics of the Atmosphere

Curriculum vitae



Dott. Marco Zavatarelli

Born in Genoa August 17th 1957

Citizenship: italian

Working addresses

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

Dipartimentio di Fisica e Astronomia

Viale Berti-Pichat 6/2

I-40127 Bologna. ITALIA

Tel: 051/2095060, Fax: 051/249644


Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Sede di Ravenna

Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca Dipartimento di Fisica per le Scienze Ambientali

Via S. Alberto 163

I-48100 Ravenna, ITALIA

Tel: 0544/937336, Fax: 0544/937323


Skype: Marco.Zavatarelli

Current position

Associate Professor  at the Physics Department(DF-UNIBO) and the Interdept. Environmental Sciences Center (CIRSA-UNIBO) of Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna.

  • Ph. D in Marine Environmental Sciences (Genoa University, 1986).
  • Laurea cum laude in Naturalk Sciences (Genoa University , 1983).

SINCE 1/4/2000: Permanent Research Staff Member at DF-UNIBO and CIRSA-UNIBO.

From 1/1/1999 to 31/3/2000: Research Staff member at the Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e dell’Oceano of the Italian National Research Council.

From 1/12/1994 to 31/12/1998: Research Staff member Ricercatore/Tecnologo ex art. 23 presso at the Istituto per lo Studio delle Metodologie Geofisiche e Ambientali of the Italian National Research Council.

From 1/4 to 30/11/1994: EU fellowship Human Capital and Mobility at the Ecological Modelling Center (Danish Hydraulic Institute e Water Quality Institute), Hørsholm, Denmark

From 1/4/1992 to 31/3/1994: S. Paolo Bank Science Foundation Fellowship Global Climate and Environment .at the Istituto per lo Studio delle Metodologie Geofisiche e Ambientali of the Italian National Research Council.

From 20/2/1989 to 19/2/1992: Visiting Research Staff Member at the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences) of Princeton University (New Jersey, USA).

From 1/6 to 30/9/1987: Research Assistant at International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA); Laxenburg, Austria.

  • Project EU-H2020 “ODYSSEA” (Operating a network of integrated observatory systems in the Mediterranean Sea).
  • Project EU-H2020 “SeaDataCloud” (Pan-European infrastructure for ocean & marine data management).
  • Large scale integrating project EU-FP7 “PERSEUS(Policy Oriented Research in the Southern European Seas). Scientific Steering Committee and Workpackage leader.
  • Large scale integrating project EU-FP7 “MEECE(Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment).Scientific Steering Committee and Workpackage leader.
  • International Project Italian Environment Ministry “ADRICOSM-STAR” (Adriatic Sea integrated river basin and coastal zone management system: Skadar lake- Bojana river and coastal area).
  • Integrated Project EU-FP6 “SESAME”(Southern European Seas. Assessing and Modelling the changes in Ecosystem). Workpackage Leader.
  • Integrated Project EU-FP6 “ECOOP” (European COastal-shelf sea OPerational monitoring and forecasting system).
  • Specific Support Action EU-FP6 “IASON” (International Action for Sustainability of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Environment).
  • Network of Excellence EU-FP6 “EurOceans”. Principal Investigator.
  • Progetto EU-FP5 “MFSTEP” (Mediterranean Forecasting System, Towards Environmental Predictions). Workpackage Leader
  • Internazional Project Italian Environment Ministry“ADRICOSM” (Adriatic Sea Integrated Coastal Areas and River Basin Management System Pilot Project).
  • Thematic Network EU-FP5 “MAMA” (Mediterranean Network to assess and upgrade Monitoring and forecasting activity in the region). Workpackage Leader.
  • Progetto EU-FP4 “MFSPP” (Mediterranean Forecasting System Pilot Project).
  • Progetto EU-FP4 “MEDAR/MEDATLAS II” (Mediterranean Data Archiving and Rescue).
  • Progetto EU-MAST-III “MATER” (Mass Transfer and Ecosystem Response).
  • Progetto EU-MAST-II “MERMAIDS” (Mediterranean Eddy Resolving Modelling and Interdisciplinary Studies)


Reviewer for the following international journals and proceedings of international and National conferences: Acta Adriatica; Annales Geophysicae; Aquaculture Research; Biogeosciences; Chemistry and Ecology; Climate Research; Continental Shelf Research; Deep Sea Research Part-I; Earth Science Reviews; Ecological Modelling; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science; Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Climate; Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans; Journal of Marine Systems; Journal of Physical Oceanography; Journal of Sea Research; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Marine Ecology–Pubblicazioni Stazione Zoologica di Napoli; Marine Environmental Research; Marine Pollution Bulletin; Mediterranean Marine Sciences; Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences; Netherlands Journal of Sea Research; Ocean Dynamics; Ocean Modelling; Oceanologica Acta; Ocean Sciences; Progress in Oceanography; Science of the Total Environment; Atti Congresso congiunto AIOL-SITE 2007; Remote sensing of the European Seas; Operational Oceanography: Building the European capacity in operational oceanography; Ocean Forecasting: Conceptual basis and applications; Operational Oceanography: Implementation at the Regional Scales; Ecosystem Research Report: The Adriatic Sea.


External Reviewer for Theme: Environment (including climate change) of EU-FP7.

Expert Evaluator for il Theme: Environment (including climate change) of EU-FP7.

Expert Evaluator for Program Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (Key Action: Sustainable Marine Ecosystems) of EU-FP5.

Proposal Evaluator for Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).

Proposal Evaluator for: Croatian Science Foundation (Croatia).

Proposal Evaluator for: National Center for Research and Development (Poland).

Proposal Evaluator for Agencie National de la Recherche (France).

Proposal Evaluator for Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus).

Proposal Evaluator per: Natural Environment Research Council (UK).

Proposal Evaluator per il Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program (USA).


Author of more than 40 internationally peer reviewed publications. Among the most important:

Nagy H., El-Gindy A., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Oddo P., (2017). A nested operational model for the Egyptian shelf zone: model configuration and validation. Dynamics of the Atmosphere and the Oceans. In press.

Mussap G., Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N. (2017). Linking 1D coastal ocean modeling to environmental management: an ensemble approach. Ocean Dynamics, Doi:

Mussap G., Zavatarelli M. (2017). A numerical study of the benthic-pelagic coupling in a shallow shelf sea (Gulf of Trieste). Regional Studies in Marine Sciences, 9, 24-34, Doi: 10.1016/j.rsma.2016.11.002 .

Fiori E., Zavatarelli M., Mazziotti C., Pinardi N., Ferrari C. (2016). Observed and simulated trophic index (TRIX) values for the Adriatic Sea Basin. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16, 2043-2054.

Mussap G., Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N., Celio M. (2016). A management oriented 1-D ecosystem model: Implementation in the Gulf of Trieste (Adriatic Sea). Regional Studies in Marine Sciences, 6, 109-123. Doi:

Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Adani M., Coppini G., Fratianni C., Oddo P., Tonani M., Lyubartsev V., Dobricic S., Bonaduce S., (2015) Mediterranean Sea large-scale, low-frequency ocean variability and water mass formation rates from 1987 to 2007: a retrospective analysis. Progress in Oceanography, 132, 318-332. Doi 10.1016/j.pocean.2013.11.003.

Byun D. S., Wang X. H., Hart D. E., Zavatarelli M. (2014). Review of PAR parameterizations in ocean ecosystem models. Estuarine, Coastal Shelf Science. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.05.006

Chust G., Allen J.I., Bopp L., Schrum C., Holt J., Tsiaras K., Zavatarelli M., Chifflet M., Cannaby H., Dadou I., Daewel U., Wakelin S.L., Machu E., Pushpadas D., Butenschon M.; Artioli Y., Petihakis G., Smith C., Garçon V., Goubanova K., Le Vu B., Fach B.A., Salihoglu B., Clementi E., Irigoien X. (2014). Trophic amplification of plankton in a warmer ocean. Global Change Biology, submitted, in press.

Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Adani M., Coppini G., Fratianni C., Oddo P., Tonani M., Lyubartsev V., Dobricic S., Bonaduce S., (2013) Mediterranean Sea large-scale, low-frequency ocean variability and watyer mass formation rates from 1987 to 2007: a retrospective analysis. Progress in Oceanography, in press.

Lazzari P., Mattia G., Solidoro C., Salon S., Crise A., Zavatarelli M., Oddo P., Vichi M. (2013). The impacts of climate change and environmental management policies on the trophic regimes in the Mediterranean. Scenario analyses. Journal of Marine Systems, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2013.06.005 [] .

Mattia G., Zavatarelli M., Vichi M., Oddo P. (2013). The eastern Mediterranean Sea biogeochemical dynamics in the 90’s: A numerical study. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 2231-2248, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20160.

Butenschön M., Zavatarelli M. (2012). A comparison of different versions of the SEEK filter for assimilation of biogeochemical data in numerical models of marine ecosystem dynamics. Ocean Modelling, 54-55, 37-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2012.06.003

Butenschön M., Zavatarelli M., Vichi M. (2012). Sensitivity of a marine coupled physical biogeochemical model to time resolution, integration scheme and time splitting method. Ocean Modelling, 52-53, 36-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2012.04.008.

Byun D. S., Wang X. H., Zavatarelli M. Cho Y. K. (2007). Effects of resuspended sediments and vertical mixing on phytoplankton spring bloom dynamics in a tidal estuarine embayment. Journal of Marine Systems, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.10.003.

Polimene L., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Allen J. I., Giani M., Vichi M. (2007). A numerical simulation study of dissolved Organic Carbon accumulation in the northern Adriatic Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 1029/JC003529.

Polimene L., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Colella S. (2006). The Adriatic Sea ecosystem seasonal cycle: validation of a three dimensional numerical model. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10129/2005JC003260.

Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Arneri E., Crise A., Ravaioli M. (2006) The physical, sedimentary and ecological structure and variability of shelf areas in the Mediterranean Sea. The Sea Vol. 14b (A. R. Robinson and K. Brink Eds.), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, USA, 1243-1330.

Bianchi D., Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N., Capozzi R., Capotondi L., Corselli C., Masina S. (2006) Simulations of ecosystem response during the sapropel S1 deposition event. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 235, 265-287.

Polimene L., Allen J. I., Zavatarelli M. (2006). DOM-Bacteria interactions in marine systems: A modelling study. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 43, 127-138.

Rixen M., Beckers J. M., Levitus S., Antonov J., Boyer T., Maillard C., Fichaut M., Balopoulos E., Iona S., Dooley H., Garcia M. J., Manca B., Giorgetti A., Manzella G., Mikhailov N., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M. (2005). The western Mediterranean deep water: a new proxy for global climate change. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, doi: 10129/2005GL022702.

Oddo P., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M. (2005). A numerical study of the interannual variability of the Adriatic Sea Circulation (1999-2002). Science of the Total Environment. 353, 39-56.

Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N. (2003) The Adriatic Sea Modelling System. A nested approach. Annales Geophysicae, 21(1), 345-364.

Vichi M., Oddo P. Zavatarelli M., Coluccelli A., Coppini G., Celio M., Fonda Umani S., Pinardi N. (2003). Calibration and validation of a one-dimensional complex marine biogeochemical fluxes model in different areas of the northern Adriatic Sea. Annales Geophysicae, 21(1), 413-437.

Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N., Kourafalou V. H., Maggiore A. (2002) Diagnostic and prognostic model studies of the Adriatic Sea general circulation. Seasonal variability. Journal of Geophysical Research, 107(C1), doi: 10129/2000JC000210.

Pinardi N., Auclair F., Cesarini C., Demirov E., Fonda-Umani S., Oddo P., Tonani M., Montanari G., Zavatarelli M. (2002) Toward marine environmental predictions in the Mediterranean Sea coastal areas: A monitoring approach. In: Ocean Forecasting. Conceptual basis and applications (N. Pinardi, J. Woods Eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 339-376.

Zavatarelli M., Baretta J.W., Baretta Bekker J.G., Pinardi N. (2000) The dynamics of the Adriatic Sea ecosystem. An idealised model study. Deep Sea Research I, 47(5), 937-970.

Zavatarelli M. (1999) Mediterranean Sea multiscale variability and environmental management issues. A scientific perspective. Progress in Oceanography, 44, 401-409.

Vichi M., Zavatarelli M., Pinardi N. (1998) Seasonal modulation of microbially mediated carbon fluxes in the northern Adriatic Sea. A model study. Fisheries Oceanography, 7(3/4), 182-190.

Vichi M., Pinardi N., Zavatarelli M., Frascari F., Bergamini C., Matteucci G., Marcaccio M. (1998) One-dimensional ecosystem model tests in the Po prodelta area. Environmental Modelling and Software, 13(5/6), 471-481.

Zavatarelli M., Raicich F., Artegiani A., Bregant D., Russo A. (1998) Climatological biogeochemical characteristics of the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Marine Systems, 18(1/3), 227-263.

Zavatarelli M., Mellor G. L. (1995) A numerical study of the Mediterranean Sea circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 25(6), 1384-1414.

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