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     Date Submitted:07-03-2016
     Last Modified:07-03-2016 (04:14)
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     Current job:Post Doctoral Researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Consulting/Engineering Services
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    PREFERRED JOB/STUDIES APPLIED FOR Spatial data analyst, hydrological modeler
     
    WORK EXPERIENCE
     
    August 2014 – Present Scientific Officer
    IES-Institute for Environment and Sustainability of Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) European Commission– Ispra – Via Fermi 2722-21027-Varese (ITALY) 
    Project name : 'Mean Annual Precipitation for frequency analysis of climate variables' Quantifying the spatial variability of the Mean Annual Precipitation is crucial for water resource management in developing countries. Precipitation regulates hydrological and agricultural process, and an accurate estimate of the Mean Annual Precipitation is of crucial importance for different disciplines including among others hydrological modelling, agricultural resources management and meteorology. I developed part of 'REFRAN-CV', a software for the statistical analysis of extreme precipitation events, in the framework of the water for development initiative (http://www.aquaknow.net/). REFRAN-CV is able to process time series of precipitation data from ground meteorological stations, and to generate return period maps and other information needed for mitigation strategies of natural hazards.
    Project name: 'Heat waves in Africa and South America 1981-2015, observations and reanalysis' The purpose of this projectis to show the extreme temperature regime of heat waves across Africa/South America over recent years (1981'2015). Heat waves have been quantified using the Heat Wave Magnitude Index daily (HWMId), which merges the duration and the intensity of extreme temperature events into a single numerical index. The HWMId enables a comparison between heat waves with different timing and location, and it has been applied to maximum and minimum temperature records. The time series used in this project have been derived from: 1) observations from the Global Summary of the Day (GSOD); and 2) reanalysis data from ERA-INTERIM. GSOD observations are able to capture heat wave events at finer spatial scales, but show a sparse coverage. Conversely, reanalysis dataset, although the coarser spatial resolution, displays a homogeneous coverage. The analysis show an increasing numbers of heat waves of both maxima and minima temperatures in the last decades.
    Business or sector  Research. Hydrology. Remote Sensing. Capacity building.
     
     
    May 2011 – May 2014 Scientific Officer
    IES-Institute for Environment and Sustainability of Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) European Commission– Ispra – Via Fermi 2722-21027-Varese (ITALY) 
    Project title: 'Development of indicator from global terrestrial Essential Climate Variables'. Within the Climate Risk Management Unit, I provided scientific and technical support to Earth Observation activities. Specifically, my tasks included: the development of algorithm to retrieve biophysical quantities such as Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation from satellite remote-sensing; and analysis of satellite imagery for drought monitoring. The Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) is an Essential Climate Variable (ECV) identified by the Global Climate Observing System (http://www.fao.org/gtos/doc/ECVs/T10/T10.pdf) that can be monitored from space. This variable can monitor the states and changes in the photosynthetic activity of vegetation. FAPAR is useful to quantify terrestrial vegetation productivity, potential yields and production, forest degradation, land cover, and carbon cycling. I also worked on EU's droughts operational assessment using the FAPAR products, through the European Drought Observatory (EDO, http://edo.jrc.ec.europa.eu) and CLIMATE-ADAPT (http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/) projects.
    Business or sector  Research. Hydrology. Remote Sensing. Capacity building.
     
     
    February 2011 – April 2011 Post-doctoral scientist
    Prof. Fabio Castelli. University of Florence, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Via santa Marta 3-50100-Firenze (ITALY)
    Distributed hydrological modeling for real-time flood forecasting. IPPC climate change scenario modeling. Teaching assistant for GIS, hydrology and water management.
    Business or sector  Research. Water resource management.
     
     
    January 2008 – January 2011 PhD student
    Prof. Fabio Castelli. University of Florence, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Via santa Marta 3-50100-Firenze (ITALY)
    Distributed hydrological modeling for real-time flood forecasting. Watershed planning. Remote sensing of vegetation and soil moisture. Dynamic data assimilation in large non-linear problems. Developing new algorithms for the Italian Spatial Agency (OPERA project-civil protection from flood-for Cosmo-SkyMed mission). Teaching assistant for river restoration.
    Business or sector  Research. Earth Observation.
     
     
    EDUCATION AND TRAINING
     
    July 2012 – August 2012 ESA summer school :”Monitoring of the Earth System”
    European Spatial Agency (ESA) – ESRIN- Frascati- Italy
    Courses include lectures covering issues related to Remote Sensing, Earth System Modelling and Data Assimilation.
     
    February 2010-June 2010 MIT visiting student
    Parsons Lab for environmental science and engineering, MIT Cambridge(US)
    I spent a period of 6 months at MIT undertaking research which was complementary to the Doctoral project at my ‘home’ university. I studied at MIT as a Visiting Research Student via an established research collaboration/exchange. I benefit from undertaking research in two environments and this provided different insights and perspectives within my research on hydrology and climate change projection on water resources for Arno river basin (central Italy).
     
    June 2009 – November 2009 EU traineeship
    IES-Institute for Environment and Sustainability of Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) European Commission– Ispra – Via Fermi 2722-21027-Varese (ITALY)
    Mapping of changes in forest resources for EU policies related to global environmental and forestry issues. Contribute to verification and validation of Remotely sensed data with ground-based measurements.
     
    July 2008 Summer School on “Fluid Mechanics”
    Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Trento (ITALY)
    Fundamentals of ideal fluid flows, boundary layers, low Re flows, vorticity dynamics stability theory, geophysical fluids.
     
    September 2005 - July 2007 Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering MS engineering
    “laurea specialistica” 110/110 cum laude
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence (ITALY)
     Dissertation: “Water management for the restoration of Giudea’s dam”.  Environmental Impact Assessment, definition of a methodology to quantify the environmental flow for a dam near Florence, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling of site, project engineering of hydraulic infrastructures with the state of the art technology. 
     
    September 2002 - July 2005 Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence (ITALY)
    Dissertation’s title: “Excavation and deposit in transcritical stream”. Fluid Mechanics, topographic and granulometric surveys for hydraulic modelling purposes and water resource management.
     
     
    PERSONAL SKILLS
     
    English <- Full professional proficiency
    Italian <- Native or bilingual proficiency
    French <- Limited working proficiency
     
     
    Computer skills Operating Systems: excellent knowledge of Linux (Red Hat, OpenSuse, Ubuntu) and Windows 98/2000/XP.
    Office applications: Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox. 
    GIS: excellent knowledge of Qgis, ArcGis, ERDAS, gdal libraries, Google Earth Engine.
    Numerical elaborations: excellent knowledge of MATLAB, R, Python, FORTRAN, C, C++ and ENVI/IDL.
    CAD: excellent knowledge of AutoCAD.
    Hydraulics elaborations: knowledge of Hec-RAS, Hec-HMS (and related GEO extensions), EPAnet.
    Working experiences in C /C ++ .
    Exploring ENVI diploma. IDL diplomas (Exelis ® course certificates)
     
    Other skills Ancient Latin, Ancient Greek, Half marathon, free-climbing.
     
    Driving licence B EU driving licence
     
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
     
    Latest publications
     
    Ceccherini, Gobron 2012 Spatio-temporal patterns of vegetation dynamics for european land use and ecosystems over 1998-2011. Proceedings of the Sentinel-3 OLCI/SLSTR and MERIS/(A)ATSR workshop SP-711. Published by Esa Communications. Editor: L. Ouwehand. ISBN 978-92-9092-275-9 ISSN 1609-042X
    Ceccherini, Gobron and Robustelli 2013 Harmonization of Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) from Sea-ViewingWide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MERIS). Remote Sens. 5, 3357-3376. doi:10.3390/rs5073357
    Ceccherini, Gobron and Migliavacca 2014 On the response of European Vegetation Phenology to Hydroclimatic Anomalies. Remote Sens. 6, no. 4: 3143-3169. doi:10.3390/rs6043143. 
    Ceccherini, Gobron Migliavacca and Robustelli 2013 Long-Term Measurements of Plant Phenology Over Europe Derived from SeaWiFS and MERIS. Proceedings of the European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium SP-722. Published by Esa Communications. Editor: L. Ouwehand
    Ceccherini, Castelli, Entekhabi 2013 Basin-scale vegetation response to drought in changing climate projections. Coping with Extreme Events Under the Threat of Global Warming session of CNR Florisa Meroni Memorial Conference, Assisi.
    Migliavacca, Reichstein, Ceccherini et al. 2014 Influence of spring phenology on seasonal patterns of ecosystem respirationLong-Term Measurements of Plant Phenology Over Europe Derived from SeaWiFS and MERIS. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12671
    Ceccherini, Ametzoy and Carmona Moreno 2015 High-resolution precipitation datasets in South America and West Africa based on satellite-derived rainfall, Enhanced Vegetation Index and Digital Elevation Model. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 6454-6488. doi:10.3390/rs70506454.
    Hojas-Gascon, L., Belward, A., Eva, H., Ceccherini, G., Hagolle, O., Garcia, J., and Cerutti, P.: 2015 Potential improvement for forest cover and forest degradation mapping with the forthcoming Sentinel-2 program, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 417-423, doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-7-W3-417-2015.
    Widlowski, J.L., Ceccherini,. G. et al. 2015 The fourth phase of the radiative transfer model intercomparison (RAMI) exercise: Actual canopy scenarios and conformity testing. Remote Sensing of the Environment http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.08.016 
    Ceccherini, G., Russo, S., Ameztoy, I., Romero, C. P., and Carmona-Moreno, C.: Magnitude and frequency of heat and cold waves in recent decades: the case of South America, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 3, 7379-7409, doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-7379-2015, 2015.


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