CMCC Foundation

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is a non-profit research institution established in 2005, with the financial support of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea (MATT), the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies (MIPAF) and the Ministry of Finance (MEF), thanks to funding from the Integrative Special Research Fund (FISR), within the National strategic Programme for Research.

On 10th December 2015 the Center became a Foundation, therefore representing CMCC’s legal status, its contents, aims and operational modalities.
CMCC benefits from the extensive research experience of the Foundation’s seven members: National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV); University of Salento; Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA S.c.p.a); Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; University of Tuscia; University of Sassari, Politecnico di Milano.

CMCC’s mission is to investigate and model our climate system and its interactions with society and the environment to guarantee reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results to stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and to develop science driven adaptation and mitigation policies in a changing climate.
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REMHI Division

The Regional Models and geo-Hydrological Impacts (REMHI) Division@ CMCC Foundation works mainly on:

  • Regionalization of the climatic signal through the development and use of statistical and dynamical downscaling approaches. The Division is involved in the CORDEX project, specifically in the activities of MENA-CORDEX and EURO-CORDEX.
  • REMHI Division
  • Implementation of procedures able to properly link climate data with impacts models also using advanced GIS interface for supporting end users in analysis and use of climate data. The REMHI division gained this experience working in many national and international research projects but also in consultancy services in cooperation with local and international authorities.
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the effects of climate and land use changes on several impacts. Among these there are geo-hydrological hazards (floods, drought and landslide) and impacts on the population (heat waves, health).
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    Developers Team

    Paola Mercogliano

    Paola Mercogliano – Scientific Leader and Product Manager

    Master degree in Physics and Master on Computation Fluid Dynamics.

    Affiliated to CMCC from 2005 and Director of the REMHI Division @ Fondazione CMCC from 2015. Employed at CIRA since 2005 and currently head of the Meteorology Laboratory.

    Senior researchers on weather, climate downscaling models and techniques and quantitative methods for evaluation of the impact of climate changes. Involved in several national and international research projects and consultancy services in the above mentioned topics.
    Giuliana Barbato

    Giuliana Barbato - Product Engineer

    Master degree in Electronic Engineering for Automation and Telecommunication.

    Since 2016 she has been working for Fondazione CMCC-REMHI division.

    Main Developer of CLIME software. She is an expert on developing post-processing tools for the analysis of all the type of climate data. She participated to the Italian National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PNACC-2017), performing the climate analysis. She is involved in many national and international projects providing climate scenarios from the local up to the continental scale.
    Veronica Villani

    Veronica Villani – Product Developer

    Master degree in Mathematics with master dissertation in Numerical Analysis: “Stochastic models for the disaggregation of precipitation time series on a sub-daily scale: identification of parameters through global optimization”.

    Since 2014 she has been working for Fondazione CMCC-REMHI division.

    Developer of tools for the post processing analysis of simulated and observed climate data, for the application of bias correction techniques to regional climate models (RCM) and for the elaboration of the climate scenarios over worldwide geographical domains having local, national and continental extension.
    Alessandra Lucia Zollo

    Alessandra Lucia Zollo - Product Developer

    Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering with special mention.

    She is affiliated to Fondazione CMCC- REMHI division since 2012 and currently employed at CIRA where she is the developer of the GIS platform supporting the monitoring and forecasting of meteorological aviation hazards.

    Developer of tools for monitoring and nowcasting weather hazards using satellite data. She heads the Research Unit “Coupling Climate with Impact models” of REMHI Division. Expert in the analysis of climate data, calculation of extreme weather indicators to assess the impact of climate change, implementation of bias correction techniques.
    Nicola Ciro Zollo

    Nicola Ciro Zollo - Product Controller

    Master Degree in Mathematics at the University of Naples “Federico II”.

    Since 2013 he has been working for the CMCC Foundation, and since 2017 he is the manager of the REMHI research division.

    He is involved in project management (cost controlling, purchases, travels, organization of project workshops) of national and international projects. Specifically, he has experience in the financial management of the projects in the framework of several international funding programmes (FP7-INTACT, CLIMATE KIC-WEC, INTERREG CE-PROLINE, etc.).