What I Do


Director of Research at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC).


Professor of Cloud Physics, University of Bologna, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Physics of the Earth System (FST).


Communicating science is very important. I edit and write books in English and Italian for specialists and the general public.


Life...apart from clouds. My hobbies are diverse. Gardening, music, books, arts, travel, photography...what else?


My publications.


Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. Special Issue on Advances in Remote Sensing of Rainfall and Snowfall.

23-27 March, 2020. 16th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment, Florence, Italy. Web site.

1-5 June, 2020. 10th IPWG & 6th IWSSM Joint Workshop, Ft Collins, CO, USA. IPWG web site.

22-26 June, 2020. 8th CNR-ISAC Summer School, "Structure of precipitation systems: Advances in Remote Sensing and Modeling", Castro Marina (LE), Italy. Web site.

28 September-2 October, 2020. 2020 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, Würzburg, Germany. Web site.

Recently published

Cattani, E., A. Merino, J. A. Gujarro, and V. Levizzani, 2018: East Africa rainfall trends and variability 1983-2015 using three long-term satellite products. Remote Sens., 10, 931, doi:10.3390/rs10060931.

Kidd, C., and V. Levizzani, 2019: Quantitative precipitation estimation from satellite observations. In: Extreme Hydroclimatic Events and Multivariate Hazards in a Changing Environment – A Remote Sensing Approach. V. Maggioni, and C. Massari, Eds., Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISBN:978-0-12-814899-0, 3-39.

Kotsias, G., C. J. Lolis, N. Hatzianastassiou, V. Levizzani, and A. Bartzokas, 2020: On the connection between large-scale atmospheric circulation and winter GPCP precipitation over the Mediterranean region for the period 1980-2017. Atmos. Res., 233, 104714, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2019.104714.

Levizzani, V., and E. Cattani, 2019: Satellite remote sensing of precipitation and the terrestrial water cycle in a changing climate. Remote Sens., 11, 2301, doi:10.3390/rs11192301.

Levizzani, V., C. Kidd, K. Aonashi, R. Bennartz, R. R. Ferraro, G. J. Huffman, R. Roca, F. J. Turk, and N.-Y. Wang, 2018: The activities of the International Precipitation Working Group. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 144(S1), 3-15, doi:10.1002/qj.3214.

Skofronick-Jackson, G., M. S. Kulie, L. Milani, S. J. Munchak, N. B. Wood, and V. Levizzani, 2019: Satellite estimation of falling snow: A Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory perspective. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 1429-1448, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0124.1.

Wenhaji Ndomeni, C., E. Cattani, A. Merino, and V. Levizzani, 2018: An observational study of the variability of East African rainfall with respect to sea surface temperature and soil moisture. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 144(S1), 384-404, doi:10.1002/qj.3255.


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