Elisa Palazzi

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

Elisa Palazzi earned a degree in Physics in 2003 and a PhD in Atmospheric Physics with a focus on Physical Modelling for the Environmental Protection in 2008, both from the University of Bologna.

She is a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISAC) in Turin, where she lives since 2011. She works on the study of the climate system and Earth-System processes, with a special focus on the current and future evolution of the water cycle in mountain regions, in particular in the Italian Alps and the Karakoram-Himalayas in Asia. Her research interests include the study of precipitation, snow, water resources and, more recently, of the elevation-dependent warming - the amplified warming observed in the high-altitude regions of the world. The main objective of her studies is to understand how the mountain ecosystems might change under different climate change scenarios and what the consequences for downstream societies could be. Her activities are performed in collaboration with hydrological, impact and assessment modellers, and within several national and international initiatives, including EU projects under the H2020 programme.

She is co-coordinator of the Collaborative Programme “Changes in the Hydrological Cycle” of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) since 2015 and Lead participant of the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME) for Italy. She is the reference person for Italy of the Collaborative Research Action “Mountains as Sentinels of Change” of the Belmont Forum and collaborates with the Mountain Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world.

Besides the research activity, she is also Professor at the University of Turin where she has been teaching Physics of Climate since 2013. She has a long-lasting experience on science popularization addressed to students and to the generic public through laboratory activities, seminars and public conferences.

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