Claudio Scarpati

Professor, Volcanologist

Biography: Claudio Scarpati received M.Sc. in Geology in 1985 and earned Ph.D. in Geophysics and Volcanology in 1990 from the University of Naples Federico II. Dr. Scarpati has been a researcher at the University of Napoli Federico II and currently is an aggregate Professor of Physical Volcanology at the same university and was appointed a Visiting Professor of Volcanology at Brigham Young University in the United States. He is the author of more than 160 technical papers and conference presentations. Dr. Scarpati is also a reviewer of the Bulletin of Volcanology and Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, and was invited to lecture in France, Japan, U.S.A., and Indonesia. He has been a scientific consultant for numerous international exhibitions and scientific television documentaries (Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel ARTE, RAI). Dr. Scarpati has investigated the deposits of the eruptions of the Neapolitan volcanoes Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields) where several million people live and can be affected by future eruptions. This information should be useful to urban planners and developers for producing safer habitats and to risk managers for producing a safer territory. He also developed volcanological models to assess the potential consequences of future eruptions for the purpose of avoiding future catastrophes.

Research Interests: Dr. Scarpati's research interests include the identification and quantification of the processes involved in explosive volcanism based on detailed studies of the deposits of volcanic eruptions, evaluation of the damage caused by the products of explosive eruptions to buildings and humans, reconstructions of natural events that have destroyed and buried numerous towns and villas in Roman time, and emplacement and eruptive mechanisms of large-volume ignimbrite eruptions.

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