Marcello Petitta is currently researcher at ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. His research fields are atmospheric physics, climate change, energy meteorology, drought, remote sensing, extreme events statistics, air quality, GPS Radio Occultation, data integration and assimilation.
He obtained the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (April 2004) with a thesis on: “Atmospheric application of the GPS radio occultation.”, before, he got his Degree in Physics at the same university in 2000 with a thesis on Atmospehric Physics: “Measurement of meteorological variables from space: a prototype of a mission”.
From 2008 to 2012 he was the head of the Air and Atmosphere group in the Institute for Applied Remote Sensing at the European Academy, EURAC, leading the projects on Air Quality monitoring and assessing in South Tyrol.
He is one of the national experts of the Alpine Convention for the Italian Ministry of the Environment.
He is author and co-author of several peer reviewed publications on atmospheric general circulation, drought, extreme events, GPS radio occultation, radiative models and air quality.