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Name and Surname: Michael Pezzopane
Date of Birth: 22 February, 1971
Nationality: Italian

Professional Status:
Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Upper Atmosphere Physics Department

Contact Info:
e-mail: michael.pezzopane@ingv.it
Tel +39 06 51860525
Fax +39 06 51860397
mail address: Michael Pezzopane, INGV – Via di Vigna Murata, 605, 00143 – Roma – Italy

Education:
2005: Ph.D. in Geophysics at the “Alma Mater Studiorum” University of Bologna, Italy.
Title of the Ph.D. thesis: “Development of a software able to automatically scale ionograms and its application”

1997: M.Sc. in Physics at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy.
Title of the M.Sc. thesis: “Use of radio techniques to observe ionospheric oscillations caused by Atmospheric Gravity Waves”

Scientific Career:
December 1, 2010: appointed researcher (permanent position) at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (winner of national open competitive exam with 86.2/90).
 
January 1, 2004: appointed researcher (temporary position) at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia.
 
2001-2003: fellowship awarded by the Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA) at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia.

Research Activity:
My research interests are mainly focused on:
-          ionospheric physics
-          radio wave propagation in the ionosphere
-          atmospheric gravity waves
-          autoscaling of vertical ionospheric soundings
-          electron density irregularities at low latitudes
-          E sporadic layer
-          topside modelling
-          three dimensional electron density modelling of the ionosphere
I have been working at INGV of Rome in the field of the Upper Atmosphere Physics since 2001. I contributed to the development and continuous improvement of a software, called Autoscala, able to automatically scale ionospheric characteristics from an ionogram. The ionograms recorded at the Gibilmanna (Italy), Rome (Italy), Bahia Blanca (Argentina) and San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina) ionospheric stations by the ionosonde AIS-INGV and autoscaled by Autoscala are available real time at the site  http://ionos.ingv.it/spaceweather/start.htm.
Autoscala was also applied to the ionograms recorded by the VISRC2 ionosonde installed at the Space Research Center Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (http://rwc.cbk.waw.pl/iono/autoiono/index.php), and to the ionograms recorded by the AIS-Parus ionosonde installed at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Izmiran, Moscow, Russia (http://ionos.ingv.it/Moscow/latest.html).
I have recently developed a nowcasting version of the IRI model for the European region (2018, Surveys in Geophysics 39:169, doi:10.1007/s10712-017-9453-z) and conceived an improvement of the topside representation made by the NeQuick model (2019, Scientific Reports 9:12253, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-48440-6).
Moreover, I was involved in the development of the electronic Space Weather upper atmosphere (eSWua) database (http://www.eswua.ingv.it/).
 
Scientific awards:
2013. First prize for the best communication presented at the XCIX National Congress of the Italian Physical Society, held in Trieste from 23 to 27 September 2013, Section 4a “Geophysics, Environmental Physics, Oceanography”; title of the communication “Unusual nighttime impulsive enhancements of electron density characterizing the low-latitude ionosphere: phenomenology and possible mechanisms of triggering”. (http://en.sif.it/activities/congress/xcix/presentations)

2017. The communication “Modeling the topside ionosphere by means of electron density values as recorded by the Swarm constellation” deserved a mention, for the Section 4 “Geophysics and Environmental Physics”, during the 103rd National Congress of the Italian Physical Society, held in Trento from 11 to 15 September 2017. (https://www.sif.it/attivita/congresso/103/comunicazioni)

Patents:
Title: “Digital Ionosonde”
Patent number: 1325371
Date of issue: 7 December 2004
Inventors: C. Bianchi, E. Zuccheretti, U. Sciacca, G. Tutone, J. B. Arokiasamy, C. Scotto, M. Pezzopane.

International scientific contracts of collaboration:
2010-2015: responsible for 9 international scientific contracts of collaboration between the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation of Moscow(Russia) and INGV (7 contracts), between the Radio Wave Propagation Center of the Science and Technology Park of Olsztyn (Poland) (1 contract), and between the Space Research Centre of Warsaw (Poland) and INGV (1 contract), for installing the “Autoscala” algorithm, whose I am one of the two inventors, on the corresponding ionosondes. Within these contract of collaborations nine licenses of "Autoscala" have been sold by INGV for a total amount of about 180000,00 euro.

Participation to relevant national and international projects:
2019-2021: SPIRiT (Space weather in Polar Ionosphere: the Role of Turbulence), funded by PNRA, aimed at characterizing the ionospheric turbulence at polar latitudes in both hemispheres.
 
2018-2019: INTENS (characterization of IoNospheric TurbulENce level by Swarm constellation), funded by ESA, aimed at characterizing the ionospheric turbulence by means of magnetic field and plasma measurements carried out by Swarm satellites.
 
2015-2019: Upper atmopshere observations and Space Weather, funded by PNRA(14/00110), aimed at improving the network of instruments, installed at the Mario Zucchelli station in Antarctica, used to sound the various features of the polar ionospheric plasma.
 
2016-2017: ESA-IBISCO (Ionospheric environment characterization for Biomass Calibration over South East Asia), funded by ESA in the Alcantara framework, aimed to the study of the ionospheric morphology at low latitudes in the South East Asian sector as a support to the satellite mission BIOMASS.
 
2016-2017: ESA-IRIS (Ionospheric Research for Biomass in South America), funded by ESA in the Alcantara framework, aimed to the study of the ionospheric morphology at low latitudes in the South America sector as a support to the satellite mission BIOMASS.
 
2015-2016: Oblique Ionograms and Ionospheric Models, funded by INGV, aimed at improving an ionospheric ray-tracing algorithm.
 
2015-2016: Long-term trend of the ionospheric parameters recorded at the Rome ionospheric station, funded by INGV, aimed at verifying the hypothesis of the geomagnetic control on ionospheric long-term trends, by exploiting ionospheric data recorded at the ionospheric station fo Rome.
 
2015-2016: IONORING, funded by INGV, aimed at developing a tool to real-time monitor TEC over Italy by exploiting the RING (Rete Integrata Nazionale GPS) network.
 
2014-2016: MISW (Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services - FP7-SPACE-2013-1) tackled the research challenges associated with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Space Weather to bring practical solutions right into the forefront of European Industry.
 
2014-2016: AUSPICIO (AUtomatic Scaling of Polar Ionograms and Cooperative Ionospheric Observations), funded by PNRA, aimed at developing a reliable version of the "Autoscala" algorithm able to automatically scale polar ionograms.
 
2013-2016: ARGOSA (Automated Remote Geophysical Observatory at Spanish Antarctic station Juan Carlos I), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness, aimed at improving the automation of the geophysical measurements at the Spanish Anatrctic base.
 
2014-2015: ESA-ERICA (EquatoRial Ionosphere Characterization in Asia), funded by ESA, aimed to characterize the variability of the equatorial ionospheric anomaly in the South East Asian sector, specifically the plasma variability at the anomaly crests and at the dip equator.
 
2011-2016: ESPAS (near-Earth SPAce data infrastructure for e-Science, FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2011/2012), aimed to the implementation of an e-Infrastructure necessary to support the access to observations, the modeling and prediction of the Near-Earth Space environment.
 
2012-2014: CIFS (Cyprus Ionospheric Forecasting Service), co-funded by the Cypriot Defense Ministry and the European fund for the regional development, aimed at implementing a High Frequency (HF) operational service for a real-time specification (now-casting) and short-term forecasting of the state of the ionosphere over the eastern Mediterranean region.
 
2008-2011: LOTHAR (Lpi Over The Horizon Adaptive Radar), funded by the Italian Defense Ministry, aimed to a feasibility study of a HF radar for the Mediterranean surveillance.
 
2005-2010: project MIUR-FIRB Development of new technologies for protecting and defending territory from natural hazards (UR b7 Environmental Monitoring), funded by the Italian Ministry of the University and Research.
 
2008-2009: project of Scientific and Technolgical Cooperation between the governments of the Italian and Argentinian Republic aimed at the development of an ionospheric station at Tucuman, approved and funded by corresponding Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
 
2008-2009: project of Scientific and Technolgical Cooperation between the governments of the Italian and Argentinian Republic aimed at the development of models to real-time monitoring the ionosphere, approved and funded by corresponding Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
 
2004-2006: DIAS (european DIgital upper Atmosphere Server, http://www.iono.noa.gr/DIAS/), funded by the European Community, aimed to the development of an ionospheric monitoring of the European area.
 
2005-2006: GIFINT (Geomagnetic Indices Forecasting Ionospheric Nowcasting Tool; http://swe.ssa.esa.int/TECEES/sda/gifint/index.html), a pilot project funded by the European Space Agency, aimed to the development of an ionospheric and geomagnetic monitoring of the Central Mediterranean.
 
2004-2005: CVS (Center for the study of the Variability of the Sun) funded by the Italian government and based on a scientific collaboration among the Astronomical Observatory of Rome, the University “Tor Vergata” of Rome, and the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia of Rome.

Teaching:
14 May 2019. Lecture "HF propagation and IRI model" at the Pwani University of Kilifi (Kenya) in the framework of the Workshop "The Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite System and Space Weather".
 
21 November 2018. Seminar entitled "The first use of coordinated ionospheric radio and optical observations over Italy: Convergence of high- and low-latitude storm-induced effects" held at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University Do Vale Do Paraiba of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil, in the framework of the PhD in Physics and Astronomy.
 
20 March 2017. Seminar entitled "An assimilative method to real-time update the IRI model for space weather purposes" held at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University Do Vale Do Paraiba of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil, in the framework of the PhD in Physics and Astronomy.
 
20-25 May 2016. Seminars entitled “Comparison between IRI and preliminary Swarm Langmuir probe measurements during the St. Patrick storm period” and “Applying a curl-B technique to Swarm vector data to estimate nighttime F region current intensities” held at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University Do Vale Do Paraiba of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil, in the framework of the PhD in Physics and Astronomy.
 
27 May 2015. Lecture on “Physics of the Ionosphere” held at the Physics Department of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, in the framework of the “Introduction to the Atmospheric Physics” course of the three-year Physics degree.
 
10-12 March 2015. Seminars entitled “Automatic scaling of vertical ionograms and its applications” and “Influence of tides and planetary waves on sporadic E layer” held at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University Do Vale Do Paraiba of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil, in the framework of the PhD in Physics and Astronomy.
 
4 June 2014. Lecture on “Physics of the Ionosphere” held at the Physics Department of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, in the framework of the “Introduction to the Atmospheric Physics” course of the three-year Physics degree.
 
Academic years 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2012-2013. Course on “Physics of the Ionosphere” held at the Physics Department of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
 
October 2009, November 2009, September 2010, June 2011, November 2011, May 2012. Course on “Ionospheric Physics and Radio Propagation” held at INGV of Rome for the Armed Forces.
 
October 2010. Postgraduate course on “Magnetoionic theory and autoscaling systems of vertical soundings” held at the department of Ciencas de la Computacìon of the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina.
 
Supervisor of the following Bachelor degrees in Physics:
-Influence of the geomagnetic field on the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in the terrestrial magnetoplasma: latitudinal dependence of the ionogram, Ermes Ferdinando Rosi (Sapienza university of Rome, October 2019);
 
Supervisor of the following Master Science degrees in Physics:
-Unusual nighttime impulsive enhancements of electron density characterizing the low-latitude ionosphere: phenomenology and possible mechanisms of triggering by Luigi Perna (Sapienza university of Rome, December 2012);
-Study of the influence of atmospheric tides and planetary waves on the E sporadic layer by Alessio Pignalberi (Sapienza university of Rome, January 2014);
-Sporadic E layer occurrence at low latitudes: comparison between validated and autoscaled values and dependence on solar activty, Maria Carmela Mingolla (Sapienza university of Rome, January 2017).
 
Supervisor of the following PhD theses in Geophysics:
-Ionospheric plasma response to the anomalous minimum of the solar cycle 23/24: modeling and comparison with IRI-2012, Luigi Perna (University of Bologna, May 2017);
-A three-dimensional regional assimilative model of the ionospheric electron density, Alessio Pignalberi (University of Bologna, April 2019).

Papers in journals indexed in ISI-WEB of Science:
80. 2019, Scientific Reports 9:12253, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-48440-6 (pdf)
Title: The ESA Swarm mission to help ionospheric modeling: a new NeQuick topside formulation for mid-latitude regions
Authors: M. Pezzopane and A. Pignalberi
 
79. 2019, Advances in Space Research 64(10), 1839-1840, doi:0.1016/j.asr.2019.09.004 (pdf)
Title: Preface: Variability and coupling of the equatorial, low- and mid-latitude mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere: Latest developments of monitoring and modeling techniques
Authors: M. Pezzopane and V. Kavutarapu
 
78. 2019, Earth, Planets and Space 71:77, doi:10.1186/s40623-019-1056-0 (pdf)
Title: On some features characterizing the plasmasphere–magnetosphere–ionosphere system during the geomagnetic storm of 27 May 2017
Authors: M. Pezzopane, A. Del Corpo, M. Piersanti, C. Cesaroni, A. Pignalberi, S. Di Matteo, L. Spogli, M. Vellante, and B. Heilig
 
77. 2019, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar–Terrestrial Physics 190, 96-107, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2019.05.005 (pdf)
Title: On the seasonal and solar cycle variation of the ULF fluctuations at low latitudes: A comparison with the ionospheric parameters
Authors: U. Villante, P. Tiberi, and M. Pezzopane
 
76. 2019, Space Weather 17, doi:10.1029/2019SW002185 (pdf)
Title: On the Development of a Method for Updating an Empirical Climatological Ionospheric Model by Means of Assimilated vTEC Measurements From a GNSS Receiver Network
Authors: A. Pignalberi, J.B. Habarulema, M. Pezzopane, and R. Rizzi
 
75. 2018, Earth, Planets and Space 70:180, doi:10.1186/s40623-018-0952-z (pdf)
Title: Improvements and validation of the IRI UP method under moderate, strong, and severe geomagnetic storms
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, and R. Rizzi
 
74. 2018, IEEE Transactions On Geoscience And Remote Sensing 56, 6412-6424, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2018.2838321 (pdf)
Title: Analysis of the Regional Ionosphere at Low Latitudes in Support of the Biomass ESA Mission
Authors: L. Alfonsi, G. Povero, L. Spogli, C. Cesaroni, B. Forte, C. N. Mitchell, R. Burston, S. V. Veettil, M. Aquino, V. Klausner, M. T. A. H. Muella, M. Pezzopane, A. Giuntini, I. Hunstad, G. De Franceschi, E. Musicò, M. Pini, V. La The, H. T. Trung, A. Husin, S. Ekawati, C. V. de la Cruz-Cayapan, M. Abdullah, N. Mat Daud, L. H. Minh, and N. Floury
 
73. 2018, Space Weather  16, 304-320, doi:10.1002/2017SW001790 (pdf)
Title: Modeling the lower part of the topside ionospheric vertical electron density profile over the European region by means of Swarm satellites data and IRI UP method
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, and R. Rizzi
 
72. 2018, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 123, 2156-2167, doi:10.1002/2017JA024539 (pdf)
Title: Study of the F3 and StF4 layers at Tucumán near the southern crest of the equatorial ionization anomaly in western South America
Authors: A. Tardelli, M. Pezzopane, P. R. Fagundes, K. Venkatesh, V. G. Pillat, M. A. Cabrera, and R. G. Ezquer
 
71. 2018, Advances in Space Research 61, 2569-2584, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2018.02.026 (pdf)
Title: A comparative study of ionospheric IRIEup and ISP assimilative models during some intense and severe geomagnetic storms
Authors: M. Pietrella, A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, A. Pignatelli, A. Azzarone, and R. Rizzi
 
70. 2018, Advances in Space Research 61, 1627, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2018.02.006 (pdf)
Title: Studies on mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere from equatorial to mid latitudes - Recent investigations and improvements - Part 2
Authors: M. Pezzopane and V. Kavutarapu 
 
69. 2018, Advances in Space Research 61, 295-315, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.007 (pdf)
Title: Bottom side profiles for two close stations at the southern crest of the EIA: Differences and comparison with IRI-2012 and NeQuick2 for low and high solar activity
Authors: L. Perna, K. Venkatesh, V. G. Pillat, M. Pezzopane, P. R. Fagundes, R. G. Ezquer, and M. A. Cabrera
 
68b. 2018, Surveys in Geophysics 39:169, doi:10.1007/s10712-017-9453-z (pdf)
Title: Correction to: Effective Solar Indices for Ionospheric Modeling: A Review and a Proposal for a Real-Time Regional IRI
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, R. Rizzi, and I. Galkin
 
68a. 2018, Surveys in Geophysics 39:125–167, doi:10.1007/s10712-017-9438-y (pdf)
Title: Effective Solar Indices for Ionospheric Modeling: A Review and a Proposal for a Real-Time Regional IRI
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, R. Rizzi, and I. Galkin
 
67. 2017, Solar Physics 292:169, doi:10.1007/s11207-017-1186-05 (pdf)
Title: Comprehensive Analysis of the Geoeffective Solar Event of 21 June 2015: Effects on the Magnetosphere, Plasmasphere, and Ionosphere Systems
Authors: M. Piersanti, T. Alberti, A. Bemporad, F. Berrilli, R. Bruno, V. Capparelli, V. Carbone, C. Cesaroni, G. Consolini, A. Cristaldi, A. Del Corpo, D. Del Moro, S. Di Matteo, I. Ermolli, S. Fineschi, F. Giannattasio, F. Giorgi, L. Giovannelli, S. L. Guglielmino, M. Laurenza, F. Lepreti, M. F. Marcucci, M. Martucci, M. Mergè, M. Pezzopane, E. Pietropaolo, P. Romano, R. Sparvoli, L. Spogli, M. Stangalini, A. Vecchio, M. Vellante, U. Villante, F. Zuccarello, B. Heilig, J. Reda, and J. Lichtenberger
 
66. 2017, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 122, doi:10.1002/2017JA024325 (pdf)
Title: The first use of coordinated ionospheric radio and optical observations over Italy: convergence of high-and low-latitude storm-induced effects
Authors: C. Cesaroni, L. Alfonsi, M. Pezzopane, C. Martinis, J. Baumgardner, J. Wroten, M. Mendillo, E. Musicò, M. Lazzarin, and G. Umbriaco
 
65. 2017, Advances in Space Research 60, 1583-1584, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2017.08.010 (pdf)
Title: Studies on mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere from equatorial to mid latitudes - Recent investigations and improvements - Part 1
Authors: V. Kavutarapu and M. Pezzopane
 
64. 2017, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 7, A21, doi:10.1051/swsc/2017021 (pdf)
Title: Long-term variations of the upper atmosphere parameters on Rome ionosonde observations and their interpretation
Authors: L. Perrone, A. Mikhailov, C. Cesaroni, L. Alfonsi, A. De Santis, M. Pezzopane, and C. Scotto
 
63. 2017, Advances in Space Research 60, 1249-1260, doi:10.1016/j.jasr.2017.06.029 (pdf)
Title: An updating of the SIRM model
Authors: L. Perna, M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, B. Zolesi, and L. R. Cander
 
62. 2017, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 164, 149-162, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2017.07.007 (pdf)
Title: Equinoctial spread-F occurrence at low latitudes in different longitude sectors under moderate and high solar activity
Authors: M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, P. R. Fagundes, R. de Jesus, P. Supnithi, S. Klinngam, R. G. Ezquer, and M. A. Cabrera
 
61. 2017, Advances in Space Research 60, 363-374, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2016.09.025 (pdf)
Title: NmF2 trends at low and mid latitudes for the recent solar minima and comparison with IRI-2012 model
Authors: L. Perna, M. Pezzopane, R. Ezquer, M. Cabrera, and J. A. Baskaradas
 
60. 2017, Acta Geophysica 65, 173-187, doi:10.1007/s11600-017-0015-z (pdf)
Title: Automatic scaling of critical frequency foF2 from ionograms recorded at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil: a comparison between Autoscala and UDIDA tools
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, V. G. Pillat, and P. R. Fagundes
 
59. 2017, Antarctic Science, doi:10.1017/S0954102016000602 (pdf)
Title: NeQuick2 and IRI2012 models applied to mid and high latitudes, and the Antarctic ionosphere
Authors: M. Pietrella, B. Nava, M. Pezzopane, Y. Migoya Orue, A. Ippolito, and C. Scotto
 
58. 2016, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 121, 12,116–12,125, doi:10.1002/2016JA023580 (pdf)
Title: Seasonal and solar activity variations of F3 layer and quadruple stratification (StF-4)
near the equatorial region
Authors: A. Tardelli, P. R. Fagundes, M. Pezzopane, K. Venkatesh, and V. G. Pillat
 
57. 2016, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 121, 12,211–12,233, doi:10.1002/2016JA023222 (pdf)
Title: Formation of ionospheric irregularities over Southeast Asia during the 2015 St. Patrickˈs Day storm
Authors: L. Spogli, C. Cesaroni, D. Di Mauro, M. Pezzopane, L. Alfonsi, E. Musicò, G. Povero, M. Pini, F. Dovis, R. Romero, N. Linty, P. Abadi, F. Nuraeni, A. Husin, M. Le Huy, T. Thi Lan, T. Vinh La, V. G. Pillat, and N. Floury
 
56. 2016, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 148, 13-21, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2016.08.003 (pdf)
Title: foF2 vs solar indices for the Rome station: Looking for the best general relation which is able to describe the anomalous minimum between cycles 23 and 24
Authors: L. Perna and M. Pezzopane
 
55. 2016, Advances in Space Research 58, 1177–1200, doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.06.014 (pdf)
Title: The ESPAS e-infrastructure: Access to data from near-Earth space
Authors: A. Belehaki, S. James, M. Hapgood, S. Ventouras, I. Galkin, A. Lembesis, I. Tsagouri, A. Charisi, L. Spogli, J. Berdermann, I. Häggström, and the ESPAS Consortium
 
54. 2016, Earth, Planets and Space 68:93, doi:10.1186/s40623-016-0466-5 (pdf)
Title: Comparison between IRI and preliminary Swarm Langmuir probe measurements during the St. Patrick storm period
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, R. Tozzi, P. De Michelis, and I. Coco
 
53. 2016, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 146, 49-57, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2016.05.006 (pdf)
Title: Ionospheric response under the influence of the solar eclipse occurred on 20 March 2015: Importance of autoscaled data and their assimilation for obtaining a reliable modeling of the ionosphere
Authors: M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, and A. Settimi
 
52. 2016, Geoscientific Instrumentation Methods and Data Systems 5, 53-64, doi:10.5194/gi-5-53-2016 (pdf)
Title: Comparison between manual scaling and Autoscala automatic scaling applied to Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory ionograms
Authors: C.-F. Enell, A. Kozlovsky, T. Turunen, T. Ulich, S. Välitalo, C. Scotto, and M. Pezzopane
 
51. 2016, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 137, 29-35, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2015.11.010 (pdf)
Title: On the solar cycle dependence of the amplitude modulation characterizing the mid-latitude sporadic E layer diurnal periodicity
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi, and M. Pietrella
 
50. 2015, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 120, 7889–7902, doi: 10.1002/2014JA020649 (pdf)
Title: Ionospheric response to the 2009 sudden stratospheric warming over the equatorial, low, and middle latitudes in the South American sector
Authors: P. R. Fagundes, L. P. Goncharenko, A. J. de Abreu, K. Venkatesh, M. Pezzopane, R. de Jesus, M. Gende, A. J. Coster, and V. G. Pillat
 
49. 2015, Advances in Space Research 56, 2064-2072, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2015.08.001 (pdf)
Title: 20 March 2015 solar eclipse influence on sporadic E layer
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, A. Pignalberi, and R. Tozzi
 
48. 2015, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 5, A31, doi:10.1051/swsc/2015031 (pdf)
Title: On the influence of solar activity on the mid-latitude sporadic E layer
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi, and M. Pietrella
 
47. 2015, Geophysical Research Letters 42, 6162-6169, doi:10.1002/2015GL064841 (pdf)
Title: Applying a curl-B technique to Swarm vector data to estimate nighttime region current intensities
Authors: R. Tozzi, M. Pezzopane, P. De Michelis, and M. Piersanti
 
46. 2015, Advances in Space Research 55,  2114-2123, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2014.07.040 (pdf)
Title: The IONORT-ISP-WC system: Inclusion of an electron collision frequency model for the D-layer
Authors: A. Settimi, M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, and C. Bianchi
 
45. 2015, Advances in Space Research 55,  1630-1639, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2014.12.035 (pdf)
Title: Correction’s method of the electron density model in ionosphere by ray tracing techniques
Authors: A. Settimi, M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, C. Scotto, S. Bianchi and J. A. Baskaradas
 
44. 2015, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 122,  34-44, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2014.10.017 (pdf)
Title: A spectral study of the mid-latitude sporadic E layer characteristic oscillations comparable to those of the tidal and the planetary waves
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane and E. Zuccheretti
 
43. 2015, Advances in Space Research 55,  243-258, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2014.09.029 (pdf)
Title: Local changes in the total electron content immediately before the 2009 Abruzzo earthquake
Authors: P. I. Nenovski, M. Pezzopane, L. Ciraolo, M. Vellante, U. Villante and M. De Lauretis
 
42. 2014, Annales Geophysicae 32, 1427-1440, doi:10.5194/angeo-32-1427-2014 (pdf)
Title: Sporadic E layer at mid-latitudes: average properties and influence of atmospheric tides
Authors: A. Pignalberi, M. Pezzopane, and E. Zuccheretti
 
41. 2014, Advances in Space Research 54(3), 369-384, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2013.05.014 (pdf)
Title: Unusual nighttime impulsive foF2 enhancements at low latitudes: Phenomenology and possible explanations
Authors: L. Perna, M. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti, P. R. Fagundes, R. de Jesus, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer
 
40. 2014, Advances in Space Research 54, 150-160, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2014.03.019 (pdf)
Title: A comparative sporadic-E layer study between two mid-latitude ionospheric stations
Authors: M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane and C. Bianchi
 
39. 2014, Annals of Geophysics 57(1), A0187, doi:10.4401/ag-6345 (pdf)
Title: Description of ionospheric disturbances observed by Vertical Ionospheric Sounding at 3 MHz
Authors: J. A. Baskaradas, S. Bianchi, M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, U. Sciacca and E. Zuccheretti
 
38. 2014, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics 107, 89-98, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2013.11.010 (pdf)
Title: Behaviour of ionospheric magnitudes of F2 region over Tucumán during a deep solar minimum and comparison with the IRI 2012 model predictions
Authors: R. G. Ezquer,  J. L. López, L. A. Scidá, M. A. Cabrera, B. Zolesi, C. Bianchi, M. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti and M. Mosert
 
37. 2014, Advances in Space Research 53, 201-218, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2013.10.035 (pdf)
Title: The COMPLEIK subroutine of the IONORT-ISP system for calculating the non-deviative absorption: A comparison with the ICEPAC formula
Authors: A. Settimi, M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, B. Zolesi, C. Bianchi and C. Scotto
 
36. 2013, Advances in Space Research 52, 1726-1736, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2012.11.028 (pdf)
Title: Testing the three-dimensional IRI-SIRMUP-P mapping of the ionosphere for disturbed periods
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, A. Pignatelli, B. Zolesi and Lj. R. Cander

35. 
2013, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 118, 4483–4502, doi:10.1002/jgra.50378 (pdf)
Title: Comparative analysis of spread-F signature and GPS scintillation occurrences at Tucumán, Argentina
Authors: L. Alfonsi, L. Spogli, M. Pezzopane, V. Romano, E. Zuccheretti, G. De Franceschi, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer

34. 
2013, Advances in Space Research 52, 403-411, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2013.03.035 (pdf)
Title: Fading in the HF ionospheric channel and the role of irregularities
Authors: C. Bianchi, J. A. Baskaradas, M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, U. Sciacca and E. Zuccheretti

33. 
2013, Annals of Geophysics 56(2), R0233, doi:10.4401/AG-6244 (pdf)
Title: eSWua: a tool to manage and access GNSS ionospheric data from mid-to-high latitudes
Authors: V. Romano, S. Pau, M. Pezzopane, L. Spogli, E. Zuccheretti, M. Aquino and C. M. Hancock

32. 2013, Radio Science 48, doi:10.1002/rds.20018 (pdf)
Title: Testing the IONORT-ISP system: A comparison between synthesized and measured oblique ionograms
Authors: A. Settimi, M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, C. Bianchi, C. Scotto, E. Zuccheretti and J. Makris

31. 2013, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics 97, 43-49, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2013.02.007 (pdf)
Title: Massive statistical analysis of autoscaled data: The case of the double reflection signature in mid-latitude vertical ionograms
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

30. 
2013, Annales Geophysicae 31, 153-162, doi:10.5194/angeo-31-153-2013 (pdf)
Title: Low-latitude equinoctial spread-F occurrence at different longitude sectors under low solar activity
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti, P. Abadi, A. J. de Abreu, R. de Jesus, P. R. Fagundes, P. Supnithi, S. Rungraengwajiake, T. Nagatsuma, T. Tsugawa, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer

29. 2012, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 117, A05316, doi:10.1029/2011JA017462 (pdf)
Title: Variability of foF2 over Rome and Gibilmanna during three solar cycles (1976-2000)
Authors: M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

28. 2012, Computer & Geosciences 42, 57-63, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.02.008 (pdf)
Title: IONORT: A Windows software tool to calculate the HF ray tracing in the ionosphere
Authors: A. Azzarone, C. Bianchi, M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, C. Scotto and A . Settimi

27. 2012, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 117, A04308, doi:10.1029/2011JA017118 (pdf)
Title: Atypical nighttime spread-F structure observed near the southern crest of the ionospheric equatorial ionization anomaly
Authors: P. R. Fagundes, J. A. Bittencourt, A. J. de Abreu, L. P. Moor, M. T. A. H. Muella, Y. Sahai, J. R. Abalde, M. Pezzopane, J. H. A. Sobral, M. A. Abdu, A. A. Pimenta and D. C. M. Amorim

26. 2012, Antarctic Science 24(1), 88-94, doi:10.1017/S0954102011000587 (pdf)
Title: Automatic scaling of polar ionogram
Authors: C. Scotto and M. Pezzopane

25. 2012, Radio Science 47, RS1007, doi:10.1029/2011RS004833 (pdf)
Title: Estimating the vertical electron density profile from an ionogram: On the passage from true to virtual heights via the target function method
Authors: C. Scotto, M. Pezzopane and B. Zolesi

24. 2011, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 116, A12314, doi:10.1029/2011JA016593 (pdf)
Title: Unusual nighttime impulsive foF2 enhancement below the southern anomaly crest under geomagnetically quiet conditions
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, P. R. Fagundes, L. Ciraolo, E. Correia, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer

23. 2011, Radio Science 46, RS5009, doi:10.1029/2011RS004697 (pdf)
Title: Assimilation of autoscaled data and regional and local ionospheric models as input sources for real-time 3-D International Reference Ionopshere modeling
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, A. Pignatelli, B. Zolesi and L. R. Cander

22. 
2010, Computer & Geosciences 36(9), 1168-1177, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2010.01.010 (pdf)
Title: Highlighting the F2 trace on an ionogram to improve Autoscala performance 
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

21. 
2010, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 10(6), 1197-1208, doi:10.5194/nhess-10-1197-2010 (pdf)
Title: Ionospheric transients observed at mid-latitudes prior to earthquake activity in Central Italy
Authors: P. Nenovski, Ch. Spassov, M. Pezzopane, U. Villante, M. Vellante and M. Serafimova

20. 
2010, Annales Geophysicae 28(5), 1133-1140, doi:10.5194/angeo-28-1133-2010 (pdf)
Title: Satellite traces, range spread-F occurrence, and gravity wave propagation at the southern anomaly crest
Authors: M. A. Cabrera, M. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti and R. G. Ezquer

19. 
2010, Acta Geophyisica 58(3), 513-526, doi:10.2478/s11600-009-0038-1 (pdf)
Title: Autoscala: an Aid for Different Ionosondes
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, C. Scotto, L. Tomasik and I. Krasheninnikov

18. 2010, Computer & Geosciences 36(5), 628-635, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2009.09.013 (pdf)
Title: Application of Autoscala to ionograms recorded by the AIS-Parus ionosonde
Authors: I. Krasheninnikov, M. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

17. 
2010, Advances in Space Research 45(9), 1156-1172, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2010.01.024 (pdf)
Title: Application of Autoscala to ionograms recorded by the VIPIR ionosonde
Authors: T. Bullett, A. Malagnini, M. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

16. 2009, Annals of Geophysics 52(3/4), 423-435 (pdf)
Title: COST 296 scientific results designed for operational use
Authors: I. Stanislawska, A. Belehaki,N. Jakowski, B. Zolesi, T.L. Gulyaeva, L.R. Cander, B.W. Reinisch, M. Pezzopane, I. Tsagouri, L. Tomasik and I. Galkin

15. 
2009, Earth, Moon, and Planets 104, 25-27, doi:10.1007/s11038-008-9246-y (pdf)
Title: Monitoring the Dynamics of the Ionosphere-Plasmasphere System by Ground-Based ULF Wave Observations
Authors: M. Vellante, M. Forster, M. Pezzopane, N. Jakowski, T.L. Zhang, U. Villante, M. De Lauretis, B. Zolesi and W. Magnes

14. 2008, Annals of Geophysics 51(4), 597-607 (pdf)
Title:Can the polarization tagging of the ionogram trace deceive autoscaling methods? The Learmonth case
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

13. 
2008, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics 70(15), 1929-1934, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2008.05.012 (pdf)
Title: Removing multiple reflections from the F2 layer to improve Autoscala performance
Authors: C. Scotto and M. Pezzopane

12. 2008, Computer & Geosciences 34(11), doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2007.09.018 (pdf)
TitleInterobl: An interactive software tool for displaying and scaling oblique ionograms
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and M. Pietrella

11. 
2008, Radio Science 43, RS2S91, doi:10.1029/2007RS003723 (pdf)
Title: A method for automatic scaling of F1 critical frequencies from ionograms
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

10. 2008, Annales Geophysicae 26(2), 345-351 (pdf)
Title: The electronic Space Weather upper atmosphere (eSWua) project at INGV: advancements and state of the art
Authors: V. Romano, S. Pau, M. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti, B. Zolesi, G. De Franceschi and S. Locatelli

9. 2007, Radio Science 42, RS4003, doi:10.129/2006RS003581 (pdf)
Title: Automatic scaling of critical frequency foF2 and MUF(3000)F2: A comparison between Autoscala and ARTIST 4.5 on Rome data
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

8. 2007, Radio Science 42, RS2012, doi:10.129/2006RS003461 (pdf)
Title:A method for automatic scaling of sporadic E layers from ionograms
Authors: C. Scotto and M. Pezzopane

7. 2007, Annals of Geophysics 50(3), 483-492 (pdf)
Title:The new ionospheric station of Tucumán: first results
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, E. Zuccheretti, C. Bianchi, C. Scotto, B. Zolesi, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer

6. 2006, Annales Geophysicae 24(5), 1455-1468 (pdf)
Title: ULF fluctuations of the geomagnetic field and ionospheric sounding measurements at low latitudes during the first CAWSES campaign
Authors: U. Villante, M. Vellante, P. Francia, M. De Lauretis, A. Meloni, P. Palangio, B. Zolesi, M. Pezzopane, M. Forster, T.L. Zhang, W. Magnes, P. Nenovski, I. Cholakov and V. Wesztergom

5. 
2005, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics 67(12), 1063-1073, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2005.02.022 (pdf)
Title:The INGV Software for the Automatic Scaling of foF2 and MUF(3000)F2 from ionograms: a comparison with ARTIST 4.01 from Rome data
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

4. 
2005, Annals of Geophysics 48(3), 445-451 (pdf)
Title:New Low Power Pulse Compressed Ionosonde at Gibilmanna Ionospheric Observatory
Authors: B. J. Arokiasamy, C. Bianchi, M. Pezzopane, V. Romano, U. Sciacca, C. Scotto and E. Zuccheretti

3. 2004, Annals of Geophysics 47(6), 1783-1790 (pdf)
Title:Software for the automatic scaling of critical frequency foF2 and MUF(3000)F2 from ionograms applied at the ionospheric observatory of Gibilmanna
AuthorsM. Pezzopane and C. Scotto

2. 2004, Computer & Geosciences 30(1), 125-130, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2003.09.009 (pdf)
Title:Interpre: a Windows software for semiautomatic scaling of ionospheric parameters from ionograms
AuthorsM. Pezzopane

1. 1997, Annals of Geophysics 40(6), 125-130 (pdf)
Title:Gravity waves propagation in the thermosphere observed from electron density profile and total electron content measurements
Authors: M. Anzidei, C. Bianchi, L. Ciraolo, M. Pezzopane and C. Scotto
 
Editorial Appointments:
Since December 2018. Editor of "Annals of Geophysics"

Bibliometric parameters:
h-index:  18, from Web of Science - Thomson Reuters (30/09/2019)
h-index:  21, from Google Scholar (30/09/2019)

Referee:
Referee for the following journals:

-Nature Astronomy
-Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
-Radio Science
-Annales Geophysicae
-Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
-Journal of Advances in Space Research
-Journal of Scientific Research
-Computer & Geosciences
-Earth, Planets and Space
-Pure and Applied Geophysics
-IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
-IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation
-Annals of Geophysics
-Acta Geophysica
-Indian Journal of Radio & Space Physics
-AGU books

Referee for the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.
 
Invited talks:
2019, September 23-27, 105th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society, L’Aquila, Italy
Title: The topside modeling: an ionospheric challenge
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi
 
2018, July 14-22, COSPAR Assembly, Pasadena, USA
Title: Modeling the lower part of the topside ionospheric vertical electron density profile over the European region by means of Swarm satelites data and IRI UP method
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi, R. Rizzi
 
2018, July 14-22, COSPAR Assembly, Pasadena, USA
Title: The use of effective ionospheric and solar indices to update the IRI model
AuthorsM. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi, R. Rizzi, I. Galkin
 
2015, September 21-25, 101st National Congress of the Italian Physical Society, Rome, Italy
Title: Importance of a real time monitoring of the Earth’s ionosphere
Authors: M. Pezzopane, J.A. Baskaradas, C. Bianchi, M. Pietrella, A.Pignatelli, A. Settimi, U. Sciacca, C. Scotto, G. Tutone, B. Zolesi, E. Zuccheretti
 
2014, August 2-10, COSPAR assembly, Moscow, Russia
Title: Assimilation of autoscaled data and regional and local ionospheric models as input sources for real-time 3D IRI modeling
Authors: M. Pezzopane, M. Pietrella, B. Zolesi, L. Cander, A. Settimi, C. Bianchi, A. Pignatelli
 
2014, August 2-10, COSPAR assembly, Moscow, Russia
Title: Influence of tides and planetary waves on E sporadic layer at mid latitudes
Authors: M. Pezzopane, A. Pignalberi, E. Zuccheretti
 
2012, July 14-22, COSPAR assembly, Mysore, India
Title: Spread-F signature and GPS scintillation occurrence at Tucumán, Argentina
Authors: L. Alfonsi, L. Spogli, M. Pezzopane, V. Romano, E. Zuccheretti, G. De Franceschi, M. A. Cabrera and R. G. Ezquer
 
2008, August 7-16, XXIXth General Assembly of International Union of Radio Science, Chicago, Usa
Title: Remote sensing the dynamics of the ionospher-plasmaphere system by ground-based ULF wave observations
Authors: M. Vellante, M. Forster, M. Pezzopane, N. Jakowski
 
2006, April 2-7, European Geosciences Union, Wien, Austria
Title: The modern digital ionosonde of INGV
Authors: B. J. Arokiasamy, C. Bianchi, M. Pezzopane, U. Sciacca, C. Scotto, G. Tutone, E. Zuccheretti

Conferences organized:
Member of the “Scientific Organizing Committee” of the session “C1.1: Recent Advances in Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere Studies” at the COSPAR (Committee on SPAce Research) scientific assembly, Pasadena, USA, 14-22 July 2018.
 
Member of the “Scientific Organizing Committee” of the IAGA national assembly, Rome, Italy, 21-22 February 2018.
 
Chair of the poster session at the International Reference Ionosphere workshop, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 13-17 November 2017.
 
Member of the International Technical Committee at the International Reference Ionosphere workshop, Bangkok, Tailand, 9-13 November 2015.
 
Convenor of the session “S4: Space Weather effects on HF and trans-ionospheric radio wave propagation” at the 10th European Space Weather Week, Antwerp, Belgium, 18-22 November 2013.
 
Member of the “Scientific Organizing Committee” of the session “C1.1: Recent Advances in Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere Studies” at the COSPAR (Committee on SPAce Research) scientific assembly, Mysore, India, 14-22 July 2012.
 
Memberships:
Member of the Italian Physical Society since 2013 (https://www.sif.it).
 
National and International Appointments:
Coordinator of the division “Aeronomic Phenomena” of IAGA-Italia since 2016 (www.iagaitalia.it).
Co-chair of IAGA WGII-E: Ionospheric irregularities, Fields and Waves since 2019 (http://www.iaga-aiga.org/index.php?id=div2).
Member of the International Reference Ionosphere Working Group since 2019.
 
Visiting Scientist:
Visiting scientist at the Physics and Astronomy Laboratory of the Universidade do Vale do Paraiba (UNIVAP) – São José dos Campos, Brazil, from March 04, 2015 to March 13, 2015, from May 15, 2016 to May 28, 2016, from March 13, 2017 to March 24, 2017, and from November 12, 2018 to November 23, 2018.

  

 

 

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