Arpa Piemonte Area Previsione e Monitoraggio Ambientale (ARPAPMNT)
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.