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Laboratory for Climate and Marine Ecosystem Numerical Modelling (Laboratorio di Simulazioni Numeriche del Clima e degli Ecosistemi Marini - SiNCEM)

SiNCEM research activities focus on the development of numerical models for the understanding and the forecasting of the ocean general circulation from the short to the climatic time scales for the physical and biogeochemical components of the marine ecosystem.

SiNCEM main research themes are:

  • Multidisciplinary oceanographic data time series analysis for the open ocean and the costal areas.
  • Atmospheric time series and air-sea interaction processes
  • Numerical Modelling of the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea circulation from the open ocean to the coastal scales.
  • Numerical Modelling of the ecosystem dynamics of the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea.
  • Numerical modelling of transport and fate of pollutants in the sea.
  • Rilocatable Numerical Modelling for the SSA (Situational Sea Awareness) and REA (Rapid Environmental Assessment).

SiNCEM co-operates closely with the Bologna section of the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV), in particular with the Operational Oceanography National Group for the development of ocean forecasting in the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea.

At the international level Prof. Pinardi is the Co-President of the Joint Committee for Oceanography and Meteorology and she has associate research positions with INGV, the Centro EuroMediterraneao sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Bologna section. She is also Member of the Steering Board of MyOcean that provides the first operational oceanographic service at european level. Prof. Pinardi is responsible for different projects at the different Institutes: TESSA , ADRICOSM-Intermediate , NextData among others.

Prof. Zavatarelli coordinates the activities of PERSEUS and the activities of TESSA project for the development of the ecosystem numerical modelling of the Adriatic Sea and of Relocatable Models. Prof. Zavatarelli is also the Chief Scientist of the Development Team in the Biochemical Flux Model (BFM) Consortia.


Nadia Pinardi
Marco Zavatarelli
Luca Giacomelli
Francesco Trotta

PhD Students

Giulia Mussap
Augusto Sepp Neves

SiNCEM EU Projects

The Mediterranean Operational Network for the Global Ocean Observing System (MONGOOS) has been established in 2012 to further develop operational oceanography in the Mediterranean Sea. MONGOOS comprises the previous activities of MOON and MEDGOOS
Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) is a research project that assesses the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The project aims to design an effective and innovative research governance framework, which will provide the basis for policymakers to turn back the tide on marine life degradation.
The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic core reference information on the state of the physical oceans and regional seas. The observations and forecasts produced by the service support all marine applications.

SiNCEM National Projects

The TESSA Project improves and consolidates the products and the operational oceanography service in Southern Italy and integrates this service with technological platforms of dissemination of information for the ‘Situational Sea Awareness’.
Operational Oceanography National Group
The Operational Oceanography National Group (Gruppo Nazionale Oceanografia Operativa - GNOO) has been founded with the aim of promoting and developing multidisciplinary research programs with institutional actors in co-ordination between the INGV institute, universities and public and private institutions.


Nadia Pinardi


Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia

Viale Berti Pichat 8

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 051 20 9 5023

tel: +39 0544 937324

Marco Zavatarelli

Associate Professor

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia - DIFA

Viale Berti Pichat 6/2

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 051 20 9 5060

Luca Giacomelli

Cat. D - area tecnica, tecnico - scientifica ed elaborazione dati

ACRR - Settore Logistica per le strutture di Campus

Via Angherà 22

Rimini (RN)

tel: +39 0544 937324