Nadia Pinardi holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, and she is associate tenure professor of Oceanography at Bologna University, Italy. Her interests range from ocean numerical modelling and predictions to data assimilation, numerical modelling of the marine physical-biological interactions and pollutants at sea. She has written more than hundred papers in peer reviewed journals on a wide range of subjects. She has received various awards:March 2007: European Geophysical Union (EGU) Fridtjof Nansen Medal for operational oceanography (http://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/fridtjof-nansen/); June 2008: Roger Revelle Medal from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; March 2015: Commendatore, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica italiana, - for her scientific contribution in the strategic field of the sustainable development such as oceanography and climatology; March 2017: Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Liege, Belgium.
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