Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (Fondazione CMCC)


Department carrying out activities: CSP (Climate Simulations and Previsions)

The Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (Fondazione CMCC) is a non-profit research institution (, established with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Ministry of the Environment Land and Sea, the Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policies and the Ministry of Finance. The mission of Fondazione CMCC is to investigate and model our climate system and its interactions with society to provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results, which will in turn stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and develop science driven adaptation and mitigation policies in a changing climate. Fondazione CMCC collaborates with experienced scientists, economists, and technicians, which work together in order to provide full analyses of climate impacts on various systems such as agriculture, ecosystems, coasts, water resources, health, and economics. Fondazione CMCC also supports policymakers in setting and assessing costs, mitigation, and adaptation policies. Fondazione CMCC research activities are distributed among eight research divisions that share different knowledge and skills in the field of climate science: the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Division, the Climate Simulation and Prediction (CSP) Division, the Economic analysis of Climate Impacts and Policy (ECIP) the Division, Impacts on Agriculture, Forests and Ecosystem Services (IAFES) Division, the Ocean modeling and Data Assimilation (ODA) Division, the Ocean Predictions and Applications (OPA) Division, the Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategies (RAAS) Division, the REgional Models and geo-Hydrological Impacts (REMHI) Division.




Senior Scientist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and at CMCC where he leads the “Climate Simulations and Predictions” Division. He holds a degree in Physics (Modena, Italy) and a PhD in Geophysics (Hamburg, Germany) and has more than 20 years of experience in climate modelling and simulations. He is Co-chair of the International Scientific Steering Committee of HyMex (Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment), member of the MedCLIVAR Programme. Along with other colleagues, he has received the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2006. Since February 2008 he is convener of the AW4 Session (”Large scale air-sea interaction processes and their influence on the Euro-Mediterranean climate) at the Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society (EMS). He is teacher and member of the faculty board for the “Science and Management of the Climate Change” PhD Programme of the University of Venice Cà Foscari, and he has been tutor and co-tutor of several PhD and Degree thesis at the University of Venice and University of Bologna. He is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications (H-index 29).



Valentina Bacciu is the Deputy Head of the IAFES Division at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) Foundation. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Agrometeorology and Ecophysiology of Agricultural and Forestry Systems by University of Sassari. She has collaborated and collaborates in the technical-scientific management of numerous projects, from the regional to the international level, related to the forest fire topic. Her research activities concern the sampling and mapping of fuel, the analysis of the fire regime, the risk and behaviour of forest fires, the modelling of emissions in current and future conditions together with the evaluation of adaptation strategies to climate changes.



Piero Lionello is full professor of Atmospheric Physics and Oceanography at University of Salento (Lecce, Italy), where he coordinates the PhD programme in “Ecology and Climate Change” and leads the lab of Climatology. He is a climatologist with a focus on the climate of the Mediterranean Region and extreme events. He is the chairman of the MedCLIVAR (Mediterranean CLImate VARiability) network, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ECMWF (European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast), member of the board of directors of CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) and has been co-chairman of the International Scientific Steering Committee of the HyMeX project (Hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean eXperiment).  He has edited three books on the Climate of the  Mediterranean Region, several special issues of international scientific journals, and organized many conferences and meetings on related topics. His scientific research is documented in many scientific articles and book chapters (presently 92 articles in Scopus with h-index 23 and 3416 citations).