International scientific contracts of collaboration:

2010-2015: responsible for 9 international scientific contracts of collaboration between the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation of Moscow (Russia) and INGV (7 contracts), between the Radio Wave Propagation Center of the Science and Technology Park of Olsztyn (Poland) (1 contract), and between the Space Research Centre of Warsaw (Poland) and INGV (1 contract), for installing the “Autoscala” algorithm, whose I am one of the inventors, on the corresponding ionosondes. Within these contracts of collaboration nine licenses of Autoscala have been sold by INGV for a total amount of about 180000,00 euro.

 

Participation to relevant national and international projects:

2018-2019: INTENS (characterization of IoNospheric TurbulENce level by Swarm constellation), funded by ESA, aimed at characterizing the ionospheric turbulence by means of magnetic field and plasma measurements carried out by Swarm satellites.

 

2015-2019: Upper atmosphere observations and Space Weather, funded by PNRA, aimed at improving the network of instruments, installed at the Mario Zucchelli station in Antarctica, used to sound the various features of the polar ionospheric plasma.

 

2016-2017: ESA-IBISCO (Ionospheric environment characterization for Biomass Calibration over South East Asia), funded by ESA in the Alcantara framework, aimed to the study of the ionospheric morphology at low latitudes in the South East Asian sector as a support to the satellite mission BIOMASS.

 

2016-2017: ESA-IRIS (Ionospheric Research for Biomass in South America), funded by ESA in the Alcantara framework, aimed to the study of the ionospheric morphology at low latitudes in the South America sector as a support to the satellite mission BIOMASS.

 

2015-2016: Oblique Ionograms and ionospheric models, funded by INGV, aimed at improving an ionospheric ray-tracing algorithm.

 

2015-2016: Long-term trend of the ionospheric parameters recorded at the Rome ionospheric station, funded by INGV, aimed at verifying the hypothesis of the geomagnetic control on ionospheric long-term trends, by exploiting ionospheric data recorded at the ionospheric station of Rome.

 

2015-2016: IONORING, funded by INGV, aimed at developing a tool to real-time monitor TEC over Italy by exploiting the RING (Rete Integrata Nazionale GPS) network.

 

2014-2016: MISW (Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services - FP7-SPACE-2013-1) tackled the research challenges associated with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Space Weather to bring practical solutions right into the forefront of European Industry.

 

2014-2016: AUSPICIO (AUtomatic Scaling of Polar Ionograms and Cooperative Ionospheric Observations), funded by PNRA, aimed at developing a reliable version of the “Autoscala” algorithm able to automatically scale polar ionograms.

 

2013-2016: ARGOSA (Automated Remote Geophysical Observatory at Spanish Antarctic station Juan Carlos I), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness, aimed at improving the automation of the geophysical measurements at the Spanish Antarctic base and the models to predict the ionospheric characteristics.

 

2014-2015: ESA-ERICA (EquatoRial Ionosphere Characterization in Asia). Funded by ESA, aimed to characterize the variability of the equatorial ionospheric anomaly in the South East Asian sector, specifically the plasma variability at the anomaly crests and at the dip equator.

 

2011-2016: ESPAS (near-Earth SPAce data infrastructure for e-Science, FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2011/2012), aimed to the implementation of an e-Infrastructure necessary to support the access to observations, the modeling and prediction of the Near-Earth Space environment.

 

2012-2014: CIFS (Cyprus Ionospheric Forecasting Service), co-funded by the Cypriot Defense Ministry and the European fund for the regional development, aimed to the implementation of a High Frequency (HF) operational service for a real-time specification (now-casting) and a short-term forecasting of the state of the ionosphere over the eastern Mediterranean region.

 

2008-2011: LOTHAR project (Lpi Over The Horizon Adaptive Radar), funded by the Italian Defense Ministry, aimed to a feasibility study of a HF radar for the Mediterranean surveillance.

 

2005-2010: project MIUR-FIRB Development of new technologies for protecting and defending territory form natural hazards (UR b7 Environmental Monitoring), funded by the Italian Minister of the University and Research.

 

2008-2009: project of Scientific and Technolgical Cooperation between the governments of the Italian and Argentinian Republic aimed at the development of an ionospheric station at Tucuman, approved and funded by corresponding Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

 

2008-2009: project of Scientific and Technolgical Cooperation between the governments of the Italian and Argentinian Republic aimed at the development of models to real-time monitoring the ionosphere, approved and funded by corresponding Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

 

2004-2006: DIAS project (european DIgital upper Atmosphere Server, http://www.iono.noa.gr/DIAS/), funded by the European Community, aimed to the development of an ionospheric monitoring of the European area.

 

2005-2006: GIFINT (Geomagnetic Indices Forecasting Ionospheric Nowcasting Tool; http://swe.ssa.esa.int/TECEES/sda/gifint/index.html), a pilot project funded by the European Space Agency, aimed to the development of an ionospheric and geomagnetic monitoring of the Central Mediterranean.

 

2004-2005: CVS project (Center for the study of the Variability of the Sun) funded by the Italian government and based on a scientific collaboration among the Astronomical Observatory of Rome, the University “Tor Vergata” of Rome, and the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia of Rome.