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PhD Board of Advisors (Comitato d'Indirizzo)

Il Board of Advisors (o Comitato d’Indirizzo) del dottorato è composto da:
1. Coordinatore: Marco Cherin
2. Responsabile della Qualità del Dottorato: Francesco Frondini
3. Membro del Collegio dei docenti: Massimiliano Barchi
4. Rappresentante INGV: Carlo Alberto Brunori
5. Rappresentante CNR-IRPI: Mauro Rossi
6. Rappresentante ENI: Martina Balestra
7. Rappresentante Regione Umbria: Andrea Motti

Il Board of Advisors si riunisce almeno una volta l’anno, nei mesi di settembre-ottobre (ossia, alla fine di ogni Ciclo).

Collegio

Cognome

Nome

Affiliazione

Ruolo

Barchi

Massimiliano Rinaldo

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Cambi

Costanza

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Ricercatore

Cardellini

Carlo

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Caricchi

Luca

Université de Genève

Professore

Carvalho Fernandes

Paulo Manuel

Universidade do Algarve

Professore

Cencetti

Corrado

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Cherin

Marco

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore, Coordinatore del dottorato

Cirilli

Simonetta

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Comodi

Paola

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

De Paola

Nicola

University of Durham

Professore

Di Matteo

Lucio

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Ercoli

Maurizio

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Ricercatore

Frondini

Francesco

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore, Responsabile della qualità del dottorato

Koyi

Hemin

Uppsala University

Professore

Kueppers

Ulrich

Ludwig-Maximilians University Munchen

Professore

Melelli

Laura

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore, Vice-coordinatore del dottorato

Minelli

Giorgio

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Mirabella

Francesco

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Mondini

Alessandro

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Ricercatore

Pauselli

Cristina

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Ricercatore

Perugini

Diego

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Petrelli

Maurizio

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore, Membro del gruppo di coordinamento del dottorato

Porreca

Massimiliano

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Rettori

Roberto

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Saldi

Giuseppe

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Spina

Amalia

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Ricercatore

Valigi

Daniela

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Professore

Zucchini

Azzurra

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Ricercatore

AA2023-2024

Seminari

Speaker

 

Affiliation

Date

Title

Contact person

Marzia

BREDA

Università di Padova

17 January

Terrestrial mammals from the Ice Age: what do they tell about the Quaternary climate changes?

Marco

CHERIN

Giovanni CHIODINI

INGV

24 January

The hidden activity of Campi Flegrei: magma degassing events

Carlo CARDELLINI

Enrico CAPEZZUOLI

Università di Firenze

31 January

Non-marine carbonates: repository of palaeoenvironmental data and climate changes

Simonetta CIRILLI

Fabio TRIPPETTA

Sapienza Università di Roma

07 February

From earthquakes to energy resources: the role of petrophysics in understanding geological processes

Massimiliano BARCHI

Irene

BOLLATI

Università di Milano

14 February

Geoheritage and geodiversity: key concepts for understanding Earth System evolution

Laura

MELELLI

Antonio LANGONE

Università di Pavia

13

March

Dalla geocronologia alla petrocronologia: la brama del vincolo temporale nelle Geoscienze

Diego PERUGINI (SGI)

Piero GIANOLLA

Università di Ferrara

13

March

Ricostruire il Tempo Profondo: riflessioni dal Triassico delle Dolomiti

Diego PERUGINI (SGI)

Fátima VIVEIROS

IVAR-Univeridade dos Açores

10

April

CO2 diffuse degassing - a permanent hazard in volcanic areas

Carlo CARDELLINI

Seminars will be held in Aula F (Palazzo delle Scienze, Piazza dell’Università) at 14:30.

Link for on-line attendance (not recommended for PhD students):

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3a153312df090749e2bfe54b058a58ed4e%40thread.tacv2/1611844516483?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22067e7d20-e70f-42c6-ae10-8b07e8c4a003%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22b4ebe473-12b0-4fd4-b362-db1727076d3f%22%7d

Corsi dottorali

  • EARTH SYSTEM AND GLOBAL CHANGES*

Dates: 21–31 May 2024

Hours: 54 h

Credits: 9 CFU

Course schedule:

  • Section 1.  GLOBAL CHANGES IN THE GEOLOGICAL RECORD (3 CFU)

21/05/2024 - Earth System Science and Global Changes – Diego Perugini

22/05/2024 - Global Changes in the Deep Time – Simonetta Cirilli

23/05/2024 - Quaternary Global Changes – Marco Cherin

  • Section 2. NATURAL HAZARDS IN A CHANGING WORLD (3 CFU)

24/05/2024 - Plate Tectonics and Global Changes – Massimiliano Barchi

27/05/2024 - Natural and Anthropogenic Seismicity – Massimiliano Barchi

28/05/2024 - Volcanic Hazard – Carlo Cardellini

  • Section 3. NATURAL RESOURCES IN A CHANGING WORLD (3 CFU)

29/05/2024 - Knowing Groundwater in an Active and Changing Planet – Costanza Cambi

30/05/2024 - Geomaterials for the Ecological Transition – Azzurra Zucchini

31/05/2024 - Energy Solutions for a Changing World – Giorgio Minelli

* Mandatory course for ESGC PhD students

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  • INTRODUCTION TO ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CLIMATE AND COPERNICUS DATA STORE (CDS)

Dr. Paolina Bongioannini Cerlini (University of Perugia)

Dates: 31 January–1 March 2024 (Wed and Fri 15:00–17:00)

Hours: 20 h

Credits: 3 CFU

Syllabus: This course serves as an introduction to the atmosphere and ocean dynamics. 

Its purpose is to introduce students of different backgrounds to atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography and basic knowledge of climate system making them familiar with some fundamental aspects of dynamics applied to geophysical fluids. Some basic knowledge of phyton programming language may be used to analyze climate data contained in the COPERNICUS Climate Data Store.

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  • MACHINE LEARNING FOR DATA ANALYSIS, AND IMAGE CLASSIFICATION IN THE EARTH SCIENCES

Prof. Maurizio Petrelli (University of Perugia), Dr. Alessandro Mondini (CNR-IMATI)

Dates: 19–21 March 2024

Hours: 18 h

Credits: 3 CFU 

Syllabus: The course is designed and implemented to provide students with an overall understanding of machine & deep learning techniques as applied to data analysis within the domain of Earth Sciences. The focus will be on preparing and exploiting machine learning algorithms in Python to segment and classify structured datasets, including multi-source images acquired in different spectral bands. the course will encompass both theoretical principles and practical applications, ensuring participants gain insights in the extraction of information from data.

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  • GROUND PENETRATING RADAR IN GEOSCIENCES: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS

Dr. Maurizio Ercoli (University of Perugia)

Dates: May 2024 (contact the teacher for details)

Hours: 18 h

Credits: 3 CFU 

Syllabus: The course will provide a theoretical introduction to the near-surface geophysical method known as GPR, with a particular focus on the geoscience applications, and will include practical activities (collection and analysis of experimental data).

Course schedule: 2h - Introduction to geophysical methods; 2h - Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), theoretical principles; 2h - Equipment and data acquisition; 2h - Data analysis and processing; 4h - Conventional and advanced tools for data interpretation, examples of applications; 4h - Practical demonstration of data acquisition, processing and reporting.

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  • SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY APPLIED TO RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION

Dr. Andrea Sorci (University of Perugia)

Dates: 10–13 June 2024

Hours: 24 h

Credits: 4 CFU

Syllabus: Reservoir rocks constitute relatively voluminous sedimentary bodies characterized by high porosity and permeability. These petrophysical features make reservoir rocks very important from an economic point of view, favouring the long-term storage of energy resources (e.g., hydrocarbons and geothermal hot water) and, from a new perspective, greenhouse gases (i.e., carbon dioxide and methane) and hydrogen. In this view, sedimentary petrology represents an essential tool to characterize reservoir rocks, permitting to define their paragenetic history from deposition through diagenesis. This short course aims to provide knowledge and skills about siliciclastic and carbonate rock petrology to assess their petrophysical properties and reservoir quality. The students will be trained to: (1) Recognize and classify siliciclastic, carbonate and hybrid reservoir-prone rocks; (2) Analyse the controlling factors on compositions, textures, structures and primary porosity distribution; (3) Define the provenance of extrabasinal particles and their stability under diagenetic processes; (4) Assess porosity and permeability evolution under diagenesis; (5) Learn the use of laboratory techniques (i.e., optical and electronical microscopes, cathodoluminescence, Raman-spectroscopy, clumped isotopes, image analysis) also throughout several case histories. Practical exercises (both on the field and at the laboratory) will complement theoretical lectures.

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Scuole

  • SCUOLA DI PALEOANTROPOLOGIA 2024

Website: www.paleoantropologia.it

19–24 February 2024

6 CFU

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  • INTERNATIONAL SHORT COURSE ON APPLICATION OF LASER ABLATION INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY TO EARTH SCIENCES
    22–24 April 2024

3 CFU

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  • SCUOLA PIALLI 2024

June 2024

4 CFU

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  • VULCANO SUMMER SCHOOL 2024

Website: https://crisp.unipg.it/vulcano-summer-school-on-planetary-science/

June 2024

9 CFU

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AA2022-2023

Seminari

Thu 29 Sep (2:00 pm) – 2nd Earth Sciences webinar cycle – Lorenzo Bonechi (INFN Florence) – Muon radiography: an innovative geophysical prospecting technique. Introduction and discussion of real cases

• Thu 20 Oct (2:00 pm) – 2nd Earth Sciences webinar cycle – Michele Cenci (Regione Umbria) – Energy policy, burden sharing and renewable energies: Umbria’s hard trek. Challenge for the next future. Are renewable electric energies enough?

Thu 01 Dec (2:00 pm) – 2nd Earth Sciences webinar cycle – Bernard Shmitt (IPAG Univ. Grenoble Alpes / CNRS) – The SSHADE European database infrastructure in spectroscopy of solids: its spectral and band list databases on ices, organics and minerals for astrophysics and geosciences

• Thu 15 Dec (2:00 pm) – 2nd Earth Sciences webinar cycle – Antonia Elia (University of Perugia) – Microalgae as multifaceted environmental tool for assessing freshwater ecosystem health

• Thu 10 Jan (2:00 pm) – 2nd Earth Sciences webinar cycle – Giovanni Boschian (University of Pisa) – South African hominins and caves under a microscope. New geological approaches to an old problem

• Tue 17 Jan (3:00 pm) – Andrea Villa (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) – To juggle frogs: ectothermic tetrapods as palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic proxies

• Tue 2 Feb (3:00 pm)  – Walter Dragoni (University of Perugia) – Climate changes and impacts on the environment

Corsi dottorali

Dr. Maurizio Ercoli (University of Perugia)
Title: Ground Penetrating Radar in geosciences: principles and applications
Dates: mid-June
Hours: 16 h
Credits: 3 ECTS credits
Syllabus:
The course will provide a theoretical introduction to the near-surface geophysical method known as GPR, with a particular focus on geoscience applications, and will include practical activities (collection and analysis of experimental data).
Course schedule:
2h - Introduction to geophysical methods
2h - Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), theoretical principles
2h - Equipment and data acquisition
2h - Data analysis and processing
4h - Conventional and advanced tools for data interpretation, examples of applications
4h - Practical demonstration of data acquisition, processing and reporting
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Dr. Paolina Bongioannini Cerlini (University of Perugia)
Title: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics, Climate and COPERNICUS DATA STORE (CDS)
Dates: 29 March – 28 April 2023 (Wed-Fri 15:00-17:00)
Hours: 20 h
Credits: 3 ECTS credits
Syllabus:
This course serves as an introduction to the atmosphere and ocean dynamics.
Its purpose is to introduce students of different backgrounds to atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography and basic knowledge of climate system making them familiar with some fundamental aspects of dynamics applied to geophysical fluids. Some basic knowledge of
phyton programming language may be used to analyze climate data contained in the COPERNICUS CDS.
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Prof. Maurizio Petrelli (University of Perugia), Dr. Alessandro Mondini (CNR-IRPI)
Title: Machine learning for data analysis, and image classification in the Earth Sciences
Dates: January, 10-11-12 January 2024
Hours: 18 h
Credits: 3 ECTS credits
Syllabus: -
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Dr. Filippo Carboni University of Freiburg)
Title: From Seismic Interpretation to Balancing and Restoration using Move
Dates: beginning of March
Hours: 24 h
Credits: 4 CFU
Syllabus:
The course is aimed at improving the skills of the participants in the balancing and restoration techniques applied to compressional folds and faults, with the use of 3D Move software. The participants will mainly work with the NW Borneo dataset, whose interpretation is already published in the Journal of Structural Geology, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.10.011.
This training is aimed at appealing to doctoral and early-career scientists. Due to the limited available workstations and licenses, a maximum of 20 participants is allowed, thus a first-come-first served policy, based on the subscription date, is applied.
Course schedule:
2h - Introduction to deep-water fold-and-thrust belts
1.5h - Introduction to seismic and seismic interpretation 1.5h - Introduction to balancing and restoration techniques 1h - Introduction to Move software
6h – Seismic interpretation
6h – Application of balancing techniques
6h – Restoration of the obtained sections
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Dr. Andrea Sorci (University of Perugia)
Title: Sedimentary petrology applied to reservoir characterization
Dates: second half of April-beginning of May
Hours: 20-21 h
Credits: 3 ECTS credits
Syllabus:
Reservoir rocks constitute relatively voluminous sedimentary bodies characterized by high porosity and permeability. These petrophysical features make reservoir rocks very important from an economic point of view, favouring the long-term storage of energy resources (e.g., hydrocarbons and geothermal hot water) and, from a new perspective, greenhouse gases (i.e., carbon dioxide and methane) and hydrogen. In this view, sedimentary petrology represents an essential tool to characterize reservoir rocks, permitting to define their paragenetic history from deposition through diagenesis.
This short course aims to provide knowledge and skills about siliciclastic and carbonate rock petrology to assess their petrophysical properties and reservoir quality. The students will be trained to:
1. Recognize and classify siliciclastic, carbonate and hybrid reservoir-prone rocks;
2. Analyse the controlling factors on compositions, textures, structures and primary porosity distribution;
3. Define the provenance of extrabasinal particles and their stability under diagenetic processes;
4. Assess porosity and permeability evolution under diagenesis;
5. Learn the use of laboratory techniques (i.e., optical and electronical microscopes, cathodoluminescence, Raman-spectroscopy, clumped isotopes, image analysis) also throughout several case histories.
Practical exercises (both on the field and at the laboratory) will complement theoretical lectures.
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Dr. Alessandro Pisello (University of Perugia), Dr. Maximiliano Fastelli (University of Perugia), Dr. Mickael Baquè (DLR)
Title: Frontiers in Solar System Studies and Exploration
Dates: 3-5 April 2023
Hours: 16-21 h
Credits: 3 ECTS credits
Syllabus:
The history of the Solar System can be investigated through the observation of its solid bodies: the planets and the asteroids. Planetary studies represent a great branch in nowadays scientific research, which is able to connect astrophysicists, geologists, chemists, engineers, biologists, and more through intense interdisciplinary collaboration.
We are proposing a 3-day course that will provide the knowledge on how data from telescopes and satellites were used to interpret the nature of celestial bodies to understand what elements, rocks, and minerals compose the surface of the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets of the Solar System. These topics will be carried on by describing the state of the art from spectroscopic, petro-mineralogical, and geochemical techniques used to analyse the surfaces of such bodies.
Moreover, it is important that modern PhD and Master students which are interested in the study of planetary science develop the capacity to network and understand presentations by scientists from different fields. For this reason, during the course it will also be possible to get in touch with different internationally known speakers who will present seminars that will give a glance at cutting-edge science on their field of work.
Finally, the course will comprise practical sessions that will focus on the retrieval and interpretation of spectral data.
Program structure:
Day 1 - 09:00-11:00 - Lecture: Geological history of Terrestrial Planets (A. Pisello)
Day 1 - 11:00-13:00 - “Frontiers” seminars convened by A. Pisello
Day 1 - 14:30-17:30 - Lab: exp-petro lab + data retrieval (A. Pisello)
Day 2 - 09:00-11:00 - Lecture: Icy Bodies and Asteroids (M. Fastelli)
Day 2 - 11:00-13:00 - “Frontiers” seminars convened by M. Fastelli
Day 2 - 14:30-17:30 - Lab: Detecting bio and geo signature on Origin (M. Fastelli)
Day 3 - 09:00-11:00 - Lecture: Traces of life beyond Earth (M. Baquè)
Day 3 - 11:00-13:00 - “Frontiers” seminars convened by M. Baquè
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Scuole

• Scuola Pialli 2023
6 ETCS credits
Perugia October 2-5 2023 - notice
• School of Paleoanthropology
6 ECTS credits
13-18 February 2023
• International Short Course on Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to Earth Sciences
Lyon, 8 and 9 of July - find more details

AA2021-2022

Seminari

Thu 27 Jan (4:30 pm)
Giorgio Basilici (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)
Variations from dry to aquic conditions in vertisols: a late Paleocene climate change (Esplugafreda Formation, eastern Pyrenees, Spain)

Thu 03 Feb (4:30 pm)
Alex Sendrós (Universitat de Barcelona)
Hydrogeophysical characterization of the Critical Zone using ERT (Electrical resistivity tomography)

Thu 10 Feb (4:30 pm)
Giorgio Minelli (Università degli Studi di Perugia)
Hydrogen underground storage in salt

Thu 17 Feb (4:30 pm)
Marta Della Seta (Sapienza Università di Roma)
“Aging” and “Lifting” in the morphoevolution of tectonically active areas

Thu 24 Feb (4:30 pm)
Nicola De Paola (Durham University)
What controls the spectrum of slip behaviour of (laboratory) earthquakes?

Thu 03 Mar (4:30 pm)
Alessandro Di Michele (Università degli Studi di Perugia)
Nanomaterials for CO2 conversion and valorisation

Thu 10 Mar (4:30 pm)
Andrea Schito (University of Aberdeen)
Organic matter Thermal maturity and Raman spectroscopy. State of the art and new perspective

Corsi dottorali

Title: Ground Penetrating Radar in geosciences: principles and applications
ETCS and Scheduling: 16 h, 3 ECTS credits, mid May
Teachers: Dr. Maurizio Ercoli (University of Perugia)
Syllabus: The course will provide a theoretical introduction to the near-surface geophysical method known as GPR, with a particular focus on the geoscience applications, and will include practical activities (collection and analysis of experimental data).

Title: Environmental implications of integrated hydrogeological and geophysical studies of soils
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 h, 1 ECTS credits, end of April-beginning of May
Teachers: Prof. Lucio Di Matteo, Dr. Cristina Pauselli, Dr. Maurizio Ercoli (University of Perugia)
Syllabus: The course will provide theoretical and practical concepts for understanding different processes in soils having environmental implications (managing water consumption and soil erosion, surveying geothermal characteristics, etc.). Different methods will be illustrated, highlighting how the integration of applied geology and applied geophysics approaches can provide extensive and accurate information on different soil types.

Title: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics, Climate and COPERNICUS DATA STORE (CDS)
ETCS and Scheduling: 5 ECTS credits, 1-24 March 2022, Wed-Fri 15:00-17:00
Teachers: Dr. Paolina Bongioannini Cerlini (University of Perugia)
Syllabus:

Title: Machine learning for data analysis, and image classification in the Earth Sciences(CDS)
ETCS and Scheduling: 15 h, 3 ECTS credits, 27-28-29 April 2022
Teachers: Prof. Maurizio Petrelli (University of Perugia), Dr. Alessandro Mondini (CNR-IRPI)

Scuole

Title: Scuola Pialli 20200: Geothermics and Geothermal Energy
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ETCS credits, June 2022

Title: School of Paleoanthropology
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, Tentatively in June-July 2022

Title: International Short Course on Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to Earth Sciences
ETCS and Scheduling: 3 ECTS credits), 14-16 September 2022

Corsi Mutuati dalla scuole di Master (MsC) in Geologia dell'Università degli Studi di Perugia 

Titolo & MsC: Earth System Science, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment
Management
Docente: Prof. Diego Perugini
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Titolo & MsC: Mathematical methods for Geosciences, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Docente: Dr. Maurizio Petrelli
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Titolo & MsC: Environmental geochemistry, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Docente: Prof. Francesco Frondini
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

AA2020-2021

Seminari

Gen 20, 17.00
Tonci Balic-Zunic (Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen)
Diffraction, a basic method in Geosciences

Genn 27, 17.00
Massimiliano Alvioli (CNR-IRPI, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica)
Optimization of geomorphological slope units

Feb 03, 17.00
Hemin A. Koyi (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Uppsala)
How safe is the “safe”; salt structures as repositories for radioactive waste disposal

Feb 10, 17.00 
Anne Pommier (UCSD-SIO, University of California San Diego, USA)
Experimental investigation of planetary interiors using electrical measurements 

Feb 17, 17.00 
Andrea Chiuri (ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development)
Analytical techniques for geological sites characterization

Feb 24, 17.00 - link al seminario https://bit.ly/3r1QMUP
Giovanni Chiodini (INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Bologna)
Carbon dioxide Earth degassing, heat flux and earthquakes: the case of the Apennines

Mar 03, 17.00
Francesco Salese (CSIC-INTA, Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid)
Sedimentary Mars

Corsi dottorali

Titolo: Inverse Problems in Geophysics
Prof. Rick Bennett Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Climate
ETCS e pianificazione: 3 ECTS credits, Online, second semester

Titolo: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Climate
Dr. Paolina Bongioannini Cerlini
ETCS e pianificazione: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

Titolo: Combining GIS, Machine Learning, and Remote Sensing: how the spatial analysis could improve your research
Dr. Laura Melelli, Dr. Alessandro Mondini, Dr. Maurizio Petrelli
ETCS e pianificazione: 3 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

Titolo: School in Structural Geology “G. Pialli”
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ETCS credits, possibly in presence, second semester (tentatively in September)

Title: School of Paleoanthropology
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester (tentatively in June)

Titolo: International Short Course on Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to Earth Sciences
ETCS and Scheduling: 3 ECTS credits), possibly in presence, 25-25 June 2021

Corsi Mutuati dalla scuole di Master (MsC) in Geologia dell'Università degli Studi di Perugia 

Titolo & MsC: Earth System Science, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment
Management
Docente: Prof. Diego Perugini
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Titolo & MsC: Mathematical methods for Geosciences, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Docente: Dr. Maurizio Petrelli
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Titolo & MsC: Environmental geochemistry, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Docente: Prof. Francesco Frondini
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

 

Rappresentanti dei dottorandi:

  • Marco Baroni (email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)
  • Mauro Tieri (email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)

Nel 39° Ciclo, una borsa di studio è finanziata dal progetto super c SUPER-C, selezionato per i Dipartimenti di Eccellenza MUR 2023-2027

39° Ciclo

Marco BARONI

baroni

Contatti
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Scholarship funded by SUPER-C

Title: Planetary studies for the compositional mapping of extraterrestrial bodies

Description: My PhD project focuses on the compositional characterization of volcanic terrains on various Solar System bodies, with a specific focus on the areas surrounding Martian vulcanic edifices such as Olympus, Thyrrenus and Hadriacus Mons.

The main goal of the PhD project is to produce detailed maps of these areas using the data from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Even if the instrument does not take data anymore since April 2023, it collected more than 10 Tb of data during its lifetime, thus providing us with many hyperspectral images of various terrains on the Martian surface to analyze this huge data mole.

I will implement techniques from big data analysis, from exploratory (PCA, clustering, etc...) to advance analysis methods such as machine learning (random forest, supervector machines, CORELS, etc..) and neural network (FFNN, CNN, RNN, etc...) algorithms.

I will integrate also spectral reference data collected by the PVRG (Petro Vulcanology Research Group) regarding silicate glasses (amorphous) volcanic products and remote sensing spectral analysis of hyperspectral images from the ASI instrument PRISMA as a comparative analogue for the future obtained CRISM spectra.

Moreover, a possible secondary goal of this project is to try to use the obtained spectra to infer the degree of crystallization of the magmatic areas with different age to try to obtain information  about the past atmospheric density of the Red Planet, thus using the lava crystallization level as a proxy for atmospheric density.

Nilya BENGÜL

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Title: Deep Past Climate Research for the Current and Future Climate Scenarios

Description:By studying the Earth's history and past climate dynamics, researchers gain valuable insights into the complex interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, land, and living organisms. This information helps in developing climate models and projections for the near future.

The project concentrates on investigating two specific geological periods: the late Permian, and the Late Triassic. These intervals are characterized by significant ecosystem crises that led to two of the most critical mass extinction events in the Phanerozoic eon. The research aims to examine the geological and climatic conditions during these two periods to gain insights into the causes and consequences of these ecosystem crises. It outlines key research objectives, including identifying the causes of hyperthermal events, understanding ecosystem responses to global warming, assessing the impact of disturbances, and providing data for modeling future climate scenarios.

The research will adopt a multidisciplinary approach, combining various scientific fields such as sedimentology, sedimentary petrography, geochemistry, and organic matter studies.

Elham SAFARZADEH

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Title: Recent seismotectonic evolution of central- Northern Adriatic microplate:  geophysical and geological-structural studies to develop inventory maps of potential sites for CCS in the Adriatic Sea area

Description:This Project focuses on geophysical and geological-structural studies aimed at creating inventory maps of potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sites and identifying active fault systems in the Adriatic Sea area, particularly in the central-northern Adriatic region. Geophysical studies are essential for identifying appropriate geological formations to store CO2 effectively. These studies employ imaging techniques to map subsurface structures and pinpoint potential reservoirs for CO2 storage. Geological-structural assessments further analyze the geology of these sites, evaluating their capacity and integrity for long-term CO2 storage. By combining geophysical and geological structure data, inventory maps are created, highlighting regions with favorable geological conditions for implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives.

Mauro TIERI

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Title: Study of the river geochemistry in tectonically active regions for the investigation of seismicity and the quantification of deep CO2 emission

Description: The objective of this research project is to study the CO2 Earth degassing process in central Italy and its correlation with seismicity by investigating river waters. The focus is on developing geochemical approaches for quantify the deep CO2 emissions on a large scale for monitoring the seismic activity.

The involvement of CO2-rich fluids in Apennine seismicity has been recently demonstrated. Specific geochemical investigations of the Apennine groundwater have shown strong variations in the emission of deep CO2 associated to the recent strong earthquakes suggesting non-casual relationships between the two phenomenologies. Preliminary studies of river waters showed that the river water is capable to preserve for long distances the geochemical features related to the input of CO2 rich groundwater. High-frequency monitoring of geochemical parameters of river water would promote understanding of cause-effect relationships between CO2 degassing and seismicity, and the development of a multiparametric network for seismic activity in the region, which represents a task for the INGV. For this purpose, multidisciplinary approaches will be used for system characterization: river geochemistry will be studied together with hydrogeological and geological data, geochemical modelling and data analysis. Sensors will be installed in selected sites for the implementation of the geochemical network, thanks to the collaboration of INGV.

Hadayat ULLAH

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Title: Thin-skinned vs thick skinned anticlines in Foreland Fold-and-Thrust Belts: modelling the style of deformation of the Umbria-Marche anticlines by integrating Geological and Geophysical data

Description: The style of deformation of the Umbria-Marche fold-and-thrust belt has been debated for a long time.  Like for many other fold-and-thrust belts worldwide (Poblet & Lisle, 2011, Pfiffner, 2017), contrasting thin-skinned and thick-skinned modes of deformation has been proposed (Barchi & Tavarnelli, 2022). The project is aimed to build-up a comprehensive model of the Umbria-Marche folds, by integrating data from different sources:  surface geology from both original field mapping and pre-existing maps; deep boreholes; seismic reflection profiles; other geophysical surveys and elaborations.  The full geometry of an “ideal”, representative anticline, obtained by this integrated model, will be tested kinematically (e.g. by classical restoration/balancing techniques) and mechanically (e.g. by numerical modelling).  Important practical applications of a correct identification of the deformation style include the characterization of the carbonate reservoirs, hosted in the anticline cores, as well as the estimation of seismic hazard in Po Plain/Adriatic foreland. The results of the study will be compared with other case histories worldwide, taken from foreland fold-and-thrust belts deforming carbonate successions. 

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Giulia FISAULI

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Title: Tephra characterization from different natural archives for the study of the impacts of explosive eruptions and past atmospheric circulation paths

Description: The PhD project is focused on the study and characterization of tephra (i.e. unconsolidated clastic material produced by a volcanic eruption) from different geological records, such as ice cores and marine sediments, for the study of the impact of explosive eruptions.

By analyzing and characterizing the tephra and their dispersion it will be possible to obtain important volcanological information such as the age, the volcanic source, the chemical evolution of the magma, the eruptive dynamics and the intensity and magnitude of the eruptions. Tephra also provide time-stratigraphic constraints both for geological and environmental events useful both for paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. In addition, studying the tephra dispersion will provide important information on the study of past atmospheric circulation paths.

I’ll carry out geochemical analyses both for major and trace elements (EPMA and LA-ICP-MS respectively) and 40Ar/39Ar dating techniques.

Elia PANDOLFI BALBI

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Titolo: Reuse of industrial and domestic waste in the construction of road pavements
Descrizione: Recent international commitments are promoting the use of renewable energy sources to making possible the recycle of waste and to reducing use of fossil fuels for lower carbon dioxide emissions. Following these aims biomass-fueled thermal power plants should be increase, generating many waste of ashes need to be recycled. My project is to develop of strategies to reuse industrial and domestic biomass ashes waste in road building as stabilizing agents and filler. My phd will be founded half by Pavi company which is performer of pavements roads. The project will be followed by the collaboration between the Physics and Geology Department, where I will carry out chemical-mineralogical analysis, to check the formations of cement compounds within treated lands, and Pavi Company, where I will perform structural engineering analysis to verify the improvements of geotechnical properties within treated lands provided by the company. Additional analyses will be carried out at Viaria laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and dedicated to the characterization of materials used in road pavements. This way the chemical-physical processes occurring with the addition of biomass wastes, in the different layers of road pavements will be

Elpiniki Maria PARPAROUSI

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Project title: Research and conservation strategies for the paleontological heritage: case studies from Umbria

Abstract: Umbria represents an area of extreme interest for paleontological studies, especially with regard to marine and continental vertebrates of the Pliocene and Pleistocene (last 3 million years approximately). In spite of the great abundance of fossils, also of international scientific importance, the study of some collections is still at a preliminary stage. At the same time, the problem of the conservation of this important heritage has never been addressed, especially considering the multifaceted range of taphonomic contexts from which the fossils come. Through the identification of case studies from heterogeneous stratigraphic and taphonomic contexts, this project aims to provide on the one hand unpublished scientific data fundamental to the knowledge of the Umbrian paleontological heritage, on the other crucial information for its conservation, which can also be exported for other collections in Italy and abroad.

 

Haidra SALEH

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Project title: Assessing large scale ecological responses to climatic change of Central Mediterranean area in the last 2000 years.

Project Description: This project will investigate the ecological dynamics across Central Mediterranean area in the last 2000 years. The semi-enclosed configuration of the Mediterranean Sea makes this a vulnerable region to modern, and also to past climate changes. Archaeological and historic studies and paleoclimatic data make this area a perfect case study to investigate the potential influence of climate on civilisations. The focus will consist in the reconstruction of paleo-floral dynamics. This approach will enable relationships within and between ecosystems, as well as periods of stability and periods of change. The method will mainly consist in the traditional – to reconstruct the vegetational paleo-community - and chemical palynology - to reconstruct past solar irradiance, specifically ultraviolet radiation at the local, habitat scale. Stable isotope analysis of C and O will establish the precipitation regime, the atmospheric CO2 concentration as well as nutrient supply and ecosystem productivity

37° Ciclo


Alessandra ARIANO

Alessandra ARIANO

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Titolo: Geochemical-environmental monitoring of soil gases and gases dissolved in groundwater

The research, in collaboration with Thearen srl, consists in testing a network of mobile sensors for monitoring the concentration and fluxes of gases from soil ad natural waters. The analysis will be done on Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane and also on indirect greenhouse gases with high global warming potential including volatile organic compounds (VOC). We will use low energy consumption sensors for the concentration of CO2 and CH4 and also the new accumulation chamber under developement in Thearen srl for the fluxes of CO2, CH4 and VOC. The research has three main phases of which the first is a. choice and testing of sensors and the accumulation chambers, b. monitoring network design, geostatistical and machine learning software developement and c. to experiment the network in different geological-environmental contexts. The geological-environmental contexts could be anthropogenic contexts like potentially contaminated sites, landfills and clean-up areas or natural contexts like large-degassing processes areas like geothermal, volcanic and seismic regions.

 

Alessandro SABATINI

Alessandro SABATINI

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Titolo: Mapping the thermophysical properties of Appennines rocks: implications for the geothermal potential

Descrizione: Nonostante l'esistenza di un elevato numero di misure del flusso di calore nel mondo, l'andamento della temperatura all'interno della Terra è molto incerto. Con questo progetto mi propongo di effettuare un'ampia raccolta di campioni sulla quale condurre misure di proprietà termofisiche quali conducibilità termica, diffusività termica, capacità termica specifica, densità, porosità e composizione mineralogica, con lo scopo di mappare la conducibilità termica dei campioni analizzati e ricavare delle relazioni teoriche tra le proprietà, che possano essere applicate anche per rocce presenti in altri parti del mondo. Tutto ciò potrebbe avere implicazioni sulla stima del potenziale geotermico delle aree di studio.

 

Martina BURNELLI

Martina BURNELLI

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Titolo: TERRA - geodiversiTy and biodivERsity in uRban Areas

Descrizione: The current Climate Emergency calls for political actions and research aimed at building a more sustainable future for all. As stated by the World Urbanization Prospects of 2018 (ONU), within the 2050 the urban areas will host more than the 70% of population. Thus, the need for more sustainable cities is a really urgent issue too. Hence, In my PhD project I would like to define a new quantitative and scale-independent model of geomorphodiversity (GM), as a starting point for the life support on Earth and as and index of the geomorphological variety in urban areas. The analysis of the correlation between the GM index and the biodiversity index will create a potential new indicator for the safeguard of green spaces in the city. This indicator will be then tested in three different urban context. A final step will foreseen a larger map analysis in Italy through the use of the geomorphodiversity index. All the PhD project will be carried out with the collaboration of many researchers and Institute: the CNR IRPI of Perugia, the Department of Physics and Geology and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of Unipg , the University of Lousanne and the Sapienza University in Rome.

 

Marco URBANI

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Titolo: CO2 Capture & Storage (CCS): Structurally controlled reservoirs

Descrizione: Geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) represents an immediately (and realistic) applicable technology to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions responsible of global warming. In this context, even structurally controlled reservoirs can be deployed to achieve the goal of contrasting the climate change. The aims of this project are to obtain a structural characterization for the components (reservoir and caprock) of a CO2 storage site, to have a site characterization for geological storage of CO2 by studying representative areas and to define the variations of stress and strain in the rocks subjected to injection of CO2.

 

Sofia ORTENZI

Sofia ORTENZI

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Titolo: Analysis of infiltration and runoff processes in small hill basins: from laboratory to site scale

Descrizione: The project intends to analyse both at laboratory and site scale, the problem of runoff and its consequences (e.g. runoff, soil loss, etc.). The research aims to develop a procedure for defining runoff activation thresholds on slopes with medium-low permeability. An integrated approach of ground-based data with satellite observations (rainfall and soil moisture data) will be used to optimise the analysis and reduce the cost and time of data acquisition.

Pubblicazioni

1. Di Matteo et al., 2021. Processes in the Unsaturated Zone by Reliable Soil Water Content Estimation: Indications for Soil Water Management from a Sandy Soil Experimental Field in Central Italy. Sustainability 2021, 13, 227. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010227

 

Fabio SILVANI

Fabio SILVANI

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Titolo: Geomorphological evidence of active tectonics and relationships with Quaternary deformation from case studies in central Italy

Descrizione: This PhD project focuses on geological mapping and the morphotectonic study of post orogenetic intermountain basins of central Italy. The goal is to propose a morphotectonic evolution of the area by analysing the geomorphological evidences (landscape evolution and drainage network) and the Quaternary continental deposits in the context of recent and active tectonics. The project is funded by the CARG project (Geological and geomatic CARtography), with the collaboration of ISPRA and the Umbria Region.

Pubblicazioni

1.Silvani, F. (2021). The key role of anthropic underground cavities in the urban geology: the Etruscan Well in Perugia's upper town (Umbria, central Italy). Atti del 90° Congresso della Società Geologica Italiana. 14-16 Settembre 2021. Trieste. https://doi.org/10.3301/ABSGI.2021.03
2.Melelli L., Silvani F., Ercoli M., Pauselli C., Tosi G., & Radicioni F. (2021). Urban Geology for the Enhancement of the Hypogean Geosites: the Perugia Underground (Central Italy). Geoheritage, 13(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-021-00545-z
3.Ercoli M., Melelli L., Pauselli C., Silvani F. (2019). Geophysics and Geomorphology for archaeo-geosites in urban area: the Etruscan Well in Perugia (Umbria, central Italy). Atti del 38° Convegno GNGTS - Gruppo Nazionale di Geofisica della Terra Solida. 12-14 Novembre 2019. ISBN: 978-88-940442-9-4.

 

Martina OCCHIPINTI

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Titolo: Multispectral data analysis for detection of environmental effects induced by large earthquakes

Descrizione: Large earthquakes produce important effects on the natural and anthropic environment which can last for several years or decades. These earthquakes are able to perturb the environment in terms of important ground deformation, hydrologic crises and dangerous landslides. The monitoring of these effects is a challenging task that is impossible to carry out only with field observations. For this reason, a wide remote sensing observation repeated during time allows us to have an integrated view of the environmental evolution after large magnitude earthquakes. The aim of this PhD project is to develop an automatic remote sensing technique for detecting the temporal evolution of physical parameters at the surface (e.g., displacement, temperature, humidity) before and after a large earthquake. To this aim, multispectral data from satellites of the Copernicus Program will be used. The ultimate goal is to mitigate the hazard associated with the environmental effects induced by large earthquakes. The case study will be the 2016 central Italy earthquake, where a large amount of data is available. The industrial partner is the “Eagleprojects” company, which is specialized in remote sensing and big data analysis.

 

Monica Agreda LOPEZ

Monica Agreda LOPEZ

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Titolo: Data Driven Approach to investigate pre-eruptive magma storage conditions and trigger mechanisms of volcanic eruptions

Descrizione: During this PhD project we aim to improve the estimate of P-T conditions of volcanic plumbing systems and magma dynamics by modeling compositional variations in melts and crystals using machine learning algorithms. We also aim to define the evolution of crystal-melt partitioning and modeling the diffusion of chemical elements along with 1D profiles and 2D maps for determining the time elapsed between magma refilling and eruption by modelling their temporal evolution.

 

Luca PASQUALONE

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Progetto di studio per il PhD:
Titolo: Depositional evolution of a space-time migrating foredeep through a multidisciplinary/multiscale approach: an example from the Marnoso-Arenacea basin (Northern Apennines, Italy)

Descrizione: In the Umbria pre-Apennines a comprehensive and updated synthesis of the depositional architecture and the structural setting of the Miocene foredeep succession is still lacking. Also the deformation times have been only roughly defined, except for some limited sectors. Another important but underdeveloped issue regards the values of sedimentation ratios over time and under the influence of the emplacement of the Tuscan-Ligurian allochthon and the activity of possible syn-sedimentary normal faults active in the foreland. Defining the relationships between the different tectono-stratigraphic units, and integrating them with literature biostratigraphic data, will allow to constrain the sedimentary evolution, the physiography of the basin and the timing of the deformations. Further aims of this work are to provide constraints to the burial history of the Miocene foredeep. The final synthesis of the project will be an attempt to apply methods of basin-analysis to the entire Marnoso-Arenacea foredeep. This objective will be pursued through a multidisciplinary approach, integrating field mapping, detailed stratigraphic and structural analysis, and the interpretation of any available seismic reflection line that crosses the study area also aided by three-dimensional modeling techniques.

 

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Matteo BISOLFATI

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Titolo: Constraining the geochemical composition of lavas erupted on extraterrestrial planets by spectral analysis of experimental samples. (Petrology, Planetary Geology)

Descrizione: Questo progetto di dottorato, in collaborazione con l’Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), si svilupperà attraverso l'analisi delle risposte spettrali nel range dell’infrarosso di superfici planetarie, mediante la comparazione delle suddette risposte spettrali, ottenute durante varie missioni spaziali, con dati spettrali ottenuti in laboratorio e presenti in diversi database. Queste informazioni verranno integrate con Modelli di Elevazione Digitale (DEM), dei quali verranno analizzate le proprietà frattali. In tal modo, l'obiettivo finale del progetto è l'estrapolazione di informazioni geochimiche, geometriche e geomorfologiche di ambienti planetari.

Pubblicazioni

1. Pisello et al., 2019. Retrieving magma composition from TIR spectra: implications for terrestrial planets investigations. Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51543-9  

 

Maria Chiara CACIOLLI

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Progetto di studio per il PhD:
Titolo: Integrazione di metodi geologici e geofisici per la caratterizzazione di sito in contesti come quelli dei bacini appenninici intermontani.

Descrizione: Lo scopo è quello di testare una metodologia che indaghi, con tecniche indirette, il sottosuolo: la sua ricostruzione con l’individuazione delle successioni stratigrafiche e la loro geometria è fondamentale agli scopi della risposta sismica di sito.

Pubblicazioni

1. Mancini M., Stigliano F., Moscatelli M., Caciolli M.C., Fortunato C., Giallini S., Pennica F., Sirianni P. Caratterizzazione geologica dei terreni di copertura per la valutazione dei geohazard  (2020) IGAG DAYS, Roma 2020

2. Gaudiosi I., Caciolli M.C., Fortunato C., Giallini S., Polpetta F., Razzano R., Sirianni P., Simionato M., Tarquini E. Il contributo degli effetti di sito alla stima della pericolosità sismica: best practices e prospettive future (2020) IGAG DAYS, Roma 2020

3. Alleanza G.A., d’Onofrio A., Gargiulo F., Silvestri F., Mancini M., Gaudiosi I., Caciolli M., Cavuoto G., Di Fiore V., Milana G., Vassallo M. (2020) Valutazione della risposta sismica locale di alcune aree dell’Isola di Ischia per la pianificazione di interventi di mitigazione del Rischio Sismico. XXVII CNG

4. M. Mancini,I. Gaudiosi,M.C. Caciolli, G. Cavuoto, V. Di Fiore, G. Milana, M. Vassallo, F. Silvestri, A. d’Onofrio, G. A. Alleanza, P. Pompa, M. Coltella, G. Cosentino, A. Pietrosante, E. Tarquini (2019) Assessment of site effects in volcanic areas: results from Seismic Microzonation studies in the Island of Ischia (Naples, Italy). GNGTS, Roma, 2019. pp 1-3

Nicola Mitillo

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Progetto di studio per il PhD:

Titolo: Characterization of CO2 Geological Reservoir Storage

Descrizione: La maggior parte dei reservoir carbonatici sono stati utilizzati per l’estrazione di idrocarburi per le loro favorevoli caratteristiche come porosità e permeabilità, ma solo recentemente i ricercatori hanno compreso il potenziale di queste formazioni come strumenti per contrastare i cambiamenti climatici. Da questo punto di vista i reservoir carbonatici, noti per essere chimicamente molto reattivi una volta entrati in contatto con la CO2, sono stati scarsamente studiati. Per questo motivo, l'obiettivo del dottorato di ricerca sarà quello di comprendere appieno il comportamento e l'interazione tra la CO2 iniettata e la roccia ospitante dal punto di vista petrofisico, mineralogico e geochimico.

Pubblicazioni

1. Zucchini A. et al, 2019. The influence of the dolomitization process on texture and porosity of carbonates. Congresso congiunto SIMP-SGI SOGEI – Il tempo del pianeta Terra e il tempo dell'uomo: Le geoscienze fra passato e futuro (Parma, Italia) 

Lisa RICCI

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Progetto di studio per il PhD:
Titolo: Tectonic and volcanic Earth degassing along the European Cenozoic Rift System (ECRIS): Origin of the fluids and quantification of the process.

Descrizione: Il mio attuale progetto è incentrato sullo studio del degassamento terrestre lungo il rift passivo denominato European Cenozoic Rift System (ECRIS). Il progetto ha come obiettivi la stima quantitativa del flusso di CO2 e lo studio della composizione chimica ed isotopica dei fluidi rilasciati in superficie lungo il sistema ECRIS. La quantificazione della CO2 totale immessa in atmosfera dalle aree di rift è essenziale per la corretta definizione dell’attuale degassamento terrestre globale.

Pubblicazioni

1. Mancini et al., 2020. Geogenic CO2 flux calculations from the Late Pleistocene Tivoli travertines (Acque Albule Basin, Tivoli, Central Italy). DOI: 10.3301/IJG.2020.10

2. Ricci et al., 2018. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Mineo (Sicily, Italy) pallasite. Plinius, doi: 10.19276/plinius.2018.03016

3. Ricci et al., 2017. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Mineo (Sicily, Italy) pallasite. Geoscience: a tool in a changing world. Abstract book. Congresso SIMP-SGI-SOGEI-AIV 2017, doi: 10.3301/ABSGI/2017.01

The fields of Physics and Geology share several methodologies and research themes, such as the application of physical, numerical, experimental, and computer technology methods. Particularly relevant are the studies on the cosmic radiation and astroparticles, nuclear and elementary particle physics, the properties of condensed matter, cosmochemistry and geochemistry of the solar system bodies, the nuclear dating of meteorites and rocks, tectonics and geodynamics, the exploration of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, and the dynamics of earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. The interdisciplinary teaching and research training approach is aimed at forming specialists with an outstanding scientific profile, who are able to develop their future career in both basic and applied research and the industry. Agreements with foreign high level Universities (such as the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenaghen) have been signed to insure the possibility of co-tutorship of the PhD Thesis and of achieving the title of Doctor Europaeus.

The integration between physical and geological disciplines occurs through the development of two interacting curricula: Physics and Geology.

The curriculum in Physics includes theoretical and experimental research carried out in collaboration with international organizations, such as CERN, ESA, ESO and NASA. It focuses on fundamental interactions, particle and astroparticle physics, and nuclear interactions. Moreover, the curriculum comprises education and research training in condensed matter and solid state physics, as well as in biophysics and nanoscience research, also in collaboration with international facilities such as Elettra, ILL and ESS.

The curriculum in Geology includes field and experimental research on the main constituents of the earth (minerals, rocks, fossils), on the magmatic, geomorphologic, sedimentologic and tectonic processes.  Moreover, it includes research training aimed at localizing and exploiting geologic resources such as geomaterials, water and hydrocarbon resources. Specific lines of research are developed in the context of engineering geology, hydrogeological, seismological, and volcanic risks.

A list of present and past specific research topics can be found in the section devoted to PhD Students.

Here you will find a collection of photos relative to the celebration of the PhD Honoris Causa to John Sandercock: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ylob0mf4o6um71o/AABNaEYBoFC_XDjJ1OblNJBTa?dl=0

Coordinator of the PhD Program and Responsible for the Curriculum in Physics

Prof Giovanni Carlotti 

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e-mail: giovanni.carlotti(at)unipg.it

Vice-Coordinator and Responsible for the Curriculum in Geology

Prof Diego Perugini 

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e-mail: diego.perugini(at)unipg.it