Graduated in Geology from the University of Perugia (1983), he received
a PhD in geography from the University of Bonn (2006), with a thesis on
landslide risk. A senior research scientist with the Italian Consiglio
Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) since 1985, since December 2011 he is the
Director of the CNR Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection
He participated in a number of national, European and US
projects. From 1992 and 2002 he coordinated the project AVI – Aree
Vulnerate Italiane (Italy's Affected Areas), producing a large wealth of
information on historical landslide and flood events (MORFEO DORIS,
LAMPRE) and for operating landslide forecasting (SANF).
the CNR technical and scientific activities in the area affected by the
L'Aquila earthquake of April 6th, 2009. From 2012 he is member of the
"Commissione Nazionale Grandi Rischi" (National Commission for Big
Risks). He served as President of the Natural Hazards Division of the
European Geosciences Union (EGU, www.egu.eu), and received the EGU Union
Service Award (2008).
He also contributes to POLARIS
(http://polaris.irpi.cnr.it), a portal for spreading informations about
ordinary and flood-induced landslides in Italy.