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Nadia Pinardi

Full Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

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

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Geophysics

Curriculum vitae

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Personal Details

Birth date: February 22, 1956
Nationality: Italian
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna
Viale Berti Pichat 8
40127 Bologna, Italy
Tel.: +39-051-209 5023
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1976-1980: Degree in Physics, Bologna University, 110/110 cum laude.
1981-1983: Master in Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.
1983-1985: Ph.D. in Applied Physics (Physical Oceanography), Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.


2007: European Geophysical Union (EGU) Fridtjof Nansen Medal for Oceanography (
2008: UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Roger Revelle Medal.
2015: Italian Republic Honors “Commendatore Ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana”- for her scientific contribution in strategic fields for the sustainable development such as oceanography and climatology
2017: Laurea Honoris Causa for Operational Oceanography at the University of Liege, Belgium.
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Italian Professional experience
2022-2026 Director, UN Decade Collaborative Center for Coastal Resilience
2018-today Full Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Bologna, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
2018-2022 Coordinator of the University of Bologna PhD program
“Future Earth, Climate Change and societal Challenges” :
2016-2021 Coordinator of University of Bologna PhD program in “Geophysics”
1999- 2018 Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Bologna, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
2004-2013 Director of the National Group of Operational Oceanography, INGV
2001-2017 Associate researcher (scientific affiliation) at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
2000-2003 Associate researcher (scientific affiliation) at Istituto Geologia Marina-CNR, Bologna
1994-1998 Lecturer of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Bologna, Italy.
1986-1999 Research scientist at the Centro Nazionale Ricerche (CNR), Bologna.

US Professional Experience
1986-1988 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Physical Oceanography, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, U.S.A. (6 months in a year)
1992-1994 Visiting scientist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (6 months a year).
1992-2001 Visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado (1 month in July)
2002-2011 Visiting scientist at the North West Research Associates, Colorado Research Associates (CoRA), Boulder, Colorado (1 month)
2012-2019 Visiting scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Colorado University, Boulder, USA (1 month)
2022 Visiting scientist at the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Colorado, Boulder, USA (1 month)

Italian and international advisory committees (Last 10 years only)
2008-2012 Member of the European Research Council (ERC), Committee for Earth Sciences (P10).
2007-2012 Member of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) Scientific Steering Committee.
2009-2016 Co-Chair of the Memorandum of Agreement for “Italy-China Program for Operational Oceanography and Climate Change Research”
2010-2015 Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) National Contact person for the UNESCO-IOC
2012-2020 Co-president of the Joint Committee for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (Joint WMO and IOC-Unesco Committee)
2015-2022 Member of the Strategic Board of the Centro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
2018-2022 Member of the Mercator Ocean International Management Board
2019- 2023 Elected Vice-president, World Meteorological Organization Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (Infrastructure Commission)
2019 Member of the evaluation Committee for the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemunde, DE
2019 International Member of the Gulf Of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI) Synthesis Workshop
2019-present Member of the International scientific Steering Committee of SOCIB, Palma del Mallorca, Spain
2020-present Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences
2021-present Chair of the UN Decade of Ocean Science endorsed Project “CoastPredict”
2021-2024 Member of the “Assemblea della Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’UNESCO” (CNIU)
2021-2024 Co-Chair of the Knowledge Hub for Sea Level Rise joint initiative of JPI-Climate and JPI-Oceans
2021-2024 Member of the International Steering Committee of MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network)
2021-2024 Member of the International Advisory Board of the Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung (DAM), Berlino, Germany
2023-2025 Member of the Scientific Council of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice

Editorial Activities

1999-2006: Topic Editor of Annales Geophysicae, EGU Journal, Ocean section.
2005-2017: Topic Editor of Ocean Science, EGU Journal
2007-2020: Associate editor of Journal of Operational Oceanography
2011-2017: Member of the Editorial Board of The Sea, Journal of Marine Research, Yale University
2012-2017: Topic Editor of Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, EGU Journal
2017-2023: Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans

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