Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo económico sostenibile (ENEA)


Department carrying out activities: Laboratory Climate Modelling and Impacts (SSPT-METCLIM)

ENEA is the Italian government agency responsible for the areas of new technology, energy and the sustainable economy. Its two fundamental tasks are to conduct research in these areas and to diffuse the results nationally. ENEA’s activities in the Environmental sector involve:

Environmental surveying and monitoring; Climate modelling and analysis at global and regional scale; Global change assessment; Research and assessment of the impact of productive activities on the human and natural environments; Development of advanced technologies and new products with low environmental impact. The Agency has around 3000 staff throughout Italy, operating at nine major Research Centres and a number of smaller facilities.

ENEA has a special laboratory devoted to Climate Modelling and Impacts (SSPT-MET-CLIM ) with a staff of 15 employees. This laboratory combines long standing expertise both in the area of oceanic and atmospheric modelling (regional and global) and impact evaluation in relevant sectors (energy, infrastructure, agriculture, ecosystems). Its major fields of research are Mediterranean and African climate, the analysis of the regional hydrological cycle and related teleconnections, energy and environmental modelling, forecasting applications for renewable energy, electric grid, infrastructure maintenance and planning.

This laboratory SSPT-MET-CLIM coordinated the EU-FP7 CLIM-RUN project on climate services, and it participated to IMPACT2C, SPECS and EUPORIAS, SINGULAR, PERSEUS EU-FP7 projects. Now it’s involved in CRESCENDO H2020 project and in C3S tended ECEM on climate services for energy sector in Europe. This laboratory co-leads and participates to Med-Cordex initiative, where also contributes with the ENEA regional earth system model climate simulations for the Mediterranean basin.

ENEA will be the only official partner in the project, so no third party have to be considered:

SSPT-MET-CLIM is the ENEA laboratory which will carry out the project’s activities.




Alessandro Dell’Aquila, PhD in Geophysics, is a Permanent ENEA Researcher since 2009 (previously temporary staff researcher with similar duties). In charge of analysis and validation of the regional climate model employed at ENEA for the Euro-Mediterranean area. Current research interests are focused on the assessment of uncertainty of state-of–the-art climate models in reproducing climate processes at both global and local scales. Particular attention is also paid in providing climate information tailored on the end-users needs in the energy, tourism, agriculture sectors. He has participated to several EU projects (CIRCE, AMMA, CLIM-RUN, IMPACT2C, SINGULAR, and PERSEUS SPECS, EUPORIAS (as ENEA PI and  WP leader in the vulnerability assessment framework workpackage), CRESCENDO and NEXTDATA  projects. Involved in the coordinated modelling experiment for the Euro-Mediterranean region MedCORDEX (ENEA Contact point), in the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) and in European Climate Service Partnership (ECSP) initiatives. Author of 29 peer reviewed papers (up to 2015), and more than 30 international conference contributions. H-index Scopus 2015: 14. Member of WMO Joint CBS/CCl Expert Team on Operational Predictions from Sub-seasonal to Longer-time Scales (ET-OPSLS).



Gianmaria Sannino, chief of SSPT-MET-CLIM, is a physical oceanographer with 15 years of experience on regional climate modelling of the Mediterranean Sea, including its sub-basins and straits. He has a Degree in Physical Oceanography at the University Parthenope of Naples, and a PhD in Marine Science at the University Federico II of Naples. Current research activities are focused on the development and assessment of state-of–the-art regional climate models. He has been recently involved in SINGULAR and PERSEUS EU projects in the WPs dealing with climate modeling activity and analysis. Author and co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters and scientific reports (in total more than 50



Sandro Calmanti has a degree in Physics and PhD in Environmental Engineering. His scientific production ranges from theoretical studies in ocean dynamics to the characterization of atmospheric weather regimes and the assessment of global climate models. He has contributed to the implementation of regional Earth System Models for climate change studies at ENEA and at Meteo France. He has contributed as climate and climate impact modeller to the FP7 EU Projects CLIM-RUN, IMPACT2C (as WP leader for the climate impact activities for the vulnerable areas), SPECS and EUPORIAS.