Full Professor of Solid Earth Geophysics.
From November 2005 until November 2009 he has served
as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for
the North-East Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Sea
Tsunami Warning System (ICG/NEAMTWS), which is the subsidiary
body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO)
responsible for the coordination of the efforts to implement the
Tsunami warning System in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
From November 2009 until November 2015 he has served as Co-chair of the Working Group 4
Public Awareness, Preparedness and Mitigation of the
From April 2011 until April 2015 he has served as the
President of the Natural Hazards Division of the European
Geosciences Union (EGU).
Since April 2013 he is President of the
International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
Since 1987 is a Member of the International Tsunami
Commission, founded in 1960 by the International Union of
Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) to study tsunamis.
From 2002 until 2008 he has been one of the
Editors-in-Chief of the journal Physics and Chemistry of
the Earth, published by Pergamon Press.
He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Natural Hazards and
Earth System Sciences (NHESS) published by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in the period 2012-2016.
Since 2015 he is Editor of the journal Pure and Applied Geophysics (PAGEOPH) published by Springer.
He was Vice-Chairman of the International Tsunami Commission in
the period 1995-2003.
He has been Coordinator of the project GITEC (Genesis and
Impact of Tsunamis on the European Coasts) financed by the European
Commission. The project (1992-1995) was implemented by partners
from six countries, namely Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Norway
He has been Coordinator of the project GITEC-TWO (Genesis
and Impact of Tsunamis on the European Coasts - Tsunami Warning and
Observations) financed by the European Commission. The project
(1996-1999) was a continuation of the activities undertaken in the
project GITEC with a slightly modified partnership.
He was Coordinator of the project Tsunami Hazard
Assessment for the Mediterranean Region, co-financed by the
European Commission on INTAS funds. In the three-year project
research groups from Spain and Russia (Moscow and Novosibirsk) were
He was Coordinator of the European project TRANSFER
(Tsunami Risk ANd Strategies For the European Region)
undertaken by a Consortium of 29 partners, which started in 2006
and ended in September 2009.
He has been Leader of the University of Bologna Team in the
European projects 3HAZ-Corinth (2004-2007), SCHEMA
(Scenarios for Hazard-induced Emergencies Managements, 2007-2010),
and DEWS (Distant Early Warning System; 2007-2010),
TRIDEC (Collaborative, Complex And Critical Decision-Support
In Evolving Crises, 2010-2013), NearToWarn
(Near-field Tsunami Early Warning and Emergency Planning,
2012-2013) and ASTARTE (Assessment, STrategy And Risk Reduction for Tsunamis in Europe, 2013-2016).
He was Guest Editor of two special issues of the journal
Science of Tsunami Hazards in 1988 and 1991. He was
Editor of the volume Tsunamis in the World published by
Kluwer Academic Publishers. He was Guest Editor of four special
issues of the journal Physics and Chemistry of the Earth in
1996, 2001, 2003 and 2005. He was Guest Editor of the special issue
Tsunamis in the Pacific, in the Atlantic and in Europe: relevant
cases and hazard evaluation of the journal Marine
Geology (n. 215, 2006). He was Guest Editor of
several special issues of the journal Natural Hazards
and Earth System Sciences with title Tsunamis
(2001), Tsunamis (2003), Tsunami Hazard from Slope
Instability (2005), Extreme Sea Waves (2006),
Tsunamis (2006), New Developments in Tsunami Science:
from Hazard to Risk (2010), Tsunami Impact on- and offshore
in the Andaman Sea Region (2011), Sea Hazards
82011). He was Guest Editor of two volumes
Tsunamis in the World Ocean: Past, Present, and Future
(Volume I e Volume II) of the journal Pure and
Applied Geophysics (n.168, 2011).
He has been Convenor and
Co-convenor of many international symposia on
Natural Risks and related subjects.
He has been and is referee of numerous national and
international scientific journals such as: Annali di Geofisica,
Bulletin of Volcanology, Coastal Engineering, Continental Shelf
Research, Disasters, Environmental and Modelling Software,
Geophysical Journal International, Geophysical Research Letters, Il
Nuovo Cimento, Journal of Geodynamics, Journal of Geophysical
Research, Journal of Seismology, Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards
and Earth System Sciences, Marine and Freshwater Research, Marine
Geology, Ocean and Coastal management, Ocean Engineering,
Proceedings of Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences of
the Royal Society, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Science,
Tectonophysics, Terra Nova.