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Arpa Piemonte Area Previsione e Monitoraggio Ambientale

The Regional Agency for Environmental Protection (ARPA) of Piedmont was set up by Piedmont Region with the regional law no. 60 of 13 April 1995 becoming the technical institution involved in the theme of environment protection. ARPA Piemonte is a public entity with administrative, technical-legal, financial and accounting independence. It is supervised by the President of the Regional Council to guarantee the implementation of the programmes of Piedmont Region in the field of prevision, prevention and environmental defence. The aims and institutional duties of the Agency are established by national and regional regulations and by European Union programmes. It performs supporting and technical-scientific advisory activities for the institutional entities in Piedmont, aimed at environmental defence and control and preventing and forecasting natural risks.

ARPA Piemonte cooperates at technical-scientific level with APAT (the National Agency for the Protection of the Environmental and Technical Services) and with other entities and institutions active in the environmental field. The regional meteorological service run by the Area is a key actor in the regional and national Italian network of operational and research purposes. ARPA key personnel use to publish within the scientific community the results and to participate to scientific conferences. Running procedures of the system and regulations for early warning diffusion are ISO 9001 certified.

Renata Pelosini is a meteorologist by formation. She worked a few years in the Weather Forecasting Office of the National Electricity Board. She is presently responsible within Meteo-hydrographical and Survey Unit of the meteorological section and of the link between meteorological evaluations and hydrological modelling. She is also organizing the atmospheric sector of the observational network, including vertical atmospheric soundings and meteo-radar outputs. She is part of a trans-national project aimed to improve deterministic LAM modelling of the synoptic conditions over the southern Europe.

Secondo Barbero has been working for the Meteo-hydrographical and Survey Unit for Flood Forecasting and Prevention for Regione Piemonte since 1996. Responsible for a special hydrological task force group inside the Region Piemonte Meteo-hydrographic Section, he is a main promoter for the design and management of the regional real-time network of meteorological and hydrometrical measurement stations. He is a key figure in the operative group controlling the regional meteorological risks assessment and alert system and the project manager of the development of a regional operational system for flood forecasting.

Davide Rabuffetti has been involved in research on Surface Hydrology since his Master degree thesis. The research was mainly focused on Rainfall Infiltration in the unsaturated soil and in particular using mathematical models simulations. The main topics are: soil characteristics influencing infiltration dynamics and soil slip triggering, hydrological basin response, hydrometeorology and radar-meteorology. He has studied and developed different typologies of hydrological models in relation to the development of operational flood forecasting systems and of water resources management tools. In this context Davide Rabuffetti is studying the possible implementation of updating schemes based upon data assimilation techniques applied to complex hydrological models.

Massimo Milelli has been involved in research on numerical fluid-dynamics since his Master degree thesis at the University of Torino and the work on the meteorological applications started after the PhD thesis at ETH Zurich. The research work is based on the operational applications of the meteorological model COSMO, developed in the framework of the COSMO Consortium among the National Meteorological Services of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Greece and Romania. In particular the areas of interest are the post-processing techniques (ensembles), data assimilation, models verification and quantitative precipitation forecast. He has been involved in many international projects in the Numerical Weather Prediction field.


Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente della Valle d’Aosta


ARPAVDA has been established in 1995 for the environmental protection of Aosta Valley Region (NW Italy). ARPAVDA main activities are focused on monitoring physical, chemical and biological factors acting on environmental components as water, air and soil.

Since 2000 ARPAVDA is also involved in studying and monitoring climate change effects on alpine environments. More in detail, in the domain of climate change effects, ARPAVDA carries out activities focused on:


  • glaciers: mass balance, glacier melting modelling;
  • snow: SWE modelling and distribution;
  • permafrost distribution and permafrost degradation monitoring in steep alpine rock faces and more gentle slopes;
  • vegetation phenology monitoring, by remotely sensed data and phenological models, and its variation caused by climate change.


Umberto Morra di Cella holds a university degree in Forestry Science (1999). He works on monitoring the effects of climate change on alpine environments.

Edoardo Cremonese holds a university degree in Environmental Science (2003). He works on monitoring the effects of climate change on alpine environments.


University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences

Founded in 1872, the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien / University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, known too by its acronym "BOKU", now comprises 14 departments and four service centres in Vienna, as well as a number of experimental centres around Vienna.

The university is attended by approx. 6000 students, provides study courses at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, has approx. 1.300 permanent staff who are engaged in teaching and research, a broad range of external lecturers, and some 460 persons working in services and administration.

The university sees itself as a teaching and research institution that focuses on renewable resources that are a prerequisite for human existence. The relationships between man, society and the environment form the basis of all activities at BOKU, and its foremost aim is to make decisive contributions to securing the well-being of future generations. In this endeavour, it will seek ways of ensuring a sustainable and environmentally sound management of natural resources by allying the competences of the natural, engineering, economic and social sciences.

Research at the Institute of Meteorology deals with climate and climate change, agro-meteorology, boundary layer and environmental meteorology and radiation and is based on field experiments, model development and theoretical studies. The Institute has participated in and coordinates national and international research programmes, such as the Austrian climate research programme StartClim, and the EU projects SCOUT, STACCATO, VOTALP or CECILIA. BOKU personnel involved will be Helga Kromp-Kolb, Herbert Formayer.

Prof. Dr. Helga Kromp-Kolb: Head of the Institute of Meteorology (BOKU-Met) since 1995. Research interests: Climate change and environmental meteorology. Relevant research projects: Coordinator of the interdisciplinary StartClim programme “First analyses of extreme weather events and their impacts on Austria” (2003, 2004); ACCENT EU NoE (Member of Steering Committee on Public Information and Policy Support) ; STACCATO: Vertical Exchange in Troposphere and Stratosphere (EU-funded project, IP); VOTALPI and II - Vertical Ozone Transport in the Alps (EU-funded projects; Coordinator). Awards: Konrad Lorenz Environmental Award 1991; Austrian Scientist of the year 2005.

Dr. Herbert Formayer: Since 1998 researcher at BOKU-Met with the main research activities in regional climate analyses, downscaling of climate change scenarios for the alpine region and climate change impact studies.


Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones

This is a specialized institution for the study of the aridification of desert and semi-desert regions of Chile, that will be associated with the Aconcagua Basin case-study area.

Active in a number of research fields from climate to hydrology through agriculture, CEAZA has a glaciological unit that will contribute to both the investigation of the melt regime in the glaciers of the Aconcagua basin and to the analysis of regional climatic models outputs. Through CEAZA the project will benefit of a local support and a contact to stakeholders of the Aconcagua river basin.

Vincent Favier, PhD in Meteorology, has large experience in the measurement and analysis of the surface energy balance of snow and glaciers, and is currently working on the validation of regional climatic models using in situ measurements.


Centro de Estudios Scientificos

The Glaciology and Climate Change Department of CECS focuses its research activities on the study of glaciers variations and their relation to climate change. Through CECS the project will benefit of a local support and a contact to stakeholders of the Aconcagua river basin.

Andres Rivera, PhD in geography, works on analysis of glacier variations and glacier-flow dynamics. As main representative for the GLIMS project in Chile, he will offer a substantial contribution to the retrieval and analysis of satellite and other remote sense data that will be used both as input and for validation of the hydrological models in the Aconcagua Basin, where data scarcity is a more constraining issue than in European countries.

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