Andrea Alessandri, senior scientist at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), holds a PhD in Geophysics obtained in 2006 at the University of Bologna. He has an interdisciplinary background and a wide experience in studying climate variability/change and prediction/predictability with particular focus on land surface-climate interactions and in modeling the land component of the Earth System. He is Chair of the Land and Vegetation Working Group in the frame of the EC-Earth consortium for the development of the European Earth system model based on the ECMWF seasonal forecasting system.
Andrea Alessandri joined CNR after completing his MSCA individual grant PROCEED at KNMI (projects.knmi.nl/proceed/) aimed at investigating innovative methodologies to obtain improved climate predictions over land on multiple time scales. At CMCC Foundation he led the development of the first version of the Italian seasonal prediction system and later he coordinated a new research activity at ENEA focused on frontier research in global climate modeling, analysis and predictability. He has been PI of ENEA contribution in coordinated projects such as EU-FP7 SPECS and EU-H2020 CRESCENDO and grantee of EU-FP7 Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship spent at IPRC (University of Hawaii; CLIMITS project). He further contributed to several international prediction efforts in the framework of the EU DEMETER [FP5, 2000-2003], EU MERSEA [FP5, 2004-2008], EU ENSEMBLES [FP6, 2004-2009], CliPAS ISO Hindcast experiment [CLIVAR, 2009-2012], EU SPECS [FP7, 2012-2017] and EU SECLI-FIRM (H2020, 2018-2021) projects.
He won the “Marie Curie Award” in 2012 by European Commission Research Executive Agency and the “Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award” by WMO for 2006. He is convener at the EGU General Assembly (since 2013), at the AGU Fall meeting (since 2017) and at the AOGS meeting (since 2018); since 2010 Editor for the EGU journal Earth System Dynamics. He served 6 years as contract professor in the PhD Programme in Science and Management of Climate Change at University of Venezia – Cà Foscari until 2016 and since 2017 as invited lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.