Curriculum Vitae Prof. CARLA BRAITENBERG

Curriculum Vitae

POSITION Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Earth Sciences, University of Trieste

ADDRESS Department of Mathematics and Earth Sciences, University of Trieste, Via Weiss 1, 34100 Trieste, Tel. 0039 040 558 2258. Email:

1980 Abitur (High school diploma) at the Classic Gymnasium "Uhland-Gymnasium" of Tübingen, Germany
1982 "Vordiplom" in Physics at Universität Tübingen, Germany
1987 University - Laurea in Physics at Trieste University with 110/110 and Laude. Title of Thesis: "Geophysical effects on the gravitational antenna: GEOGRAV experiment". Tutor:Prof. M.Zadro
1992 PhD. title; Thesis "Spatio-temporal variations of some physical parameters in seismic Friuli". Tutor: Prof. M. Zadro Researcher at Trieste University
1995 Tenurizing of researcher position at Trieste University
2002 Qualification for Professorship (C3) at Stuttgart University
2005 Qualification for Professorship (C3) at Freie Universität Berlin, second position in the ranking
2008 Guest Professor São Paulo University (USP), Brazil
2010 Qualification for Full professorship at Technische Universität Wien
2014 National Scientific Qualification (ASN) to Associate Professor
2014 - today: Associate professorship University of Trieste
2016 National Scientific Qualification (ASN) to Full Professor

1999-today Responsible of Socrates/Erasmus exchanges with different Universities (e.g. FSU Jena, FUB Berlin, CAU Kiel, Oxford, Leeds, Dokuz Eylul Izmir)
2001 Direction "Corso estivo teorico-pratico: Modellazione ed inversione 3D del campo gravitazionale con riferimento all'uso di GIS", Trieste, 24-27 Settembre 2001 (vedi
2003 Direction "Corso invernale teorico-pratico 2003: Modellazione ed inversione 3D del campo gravitazionale con riferimento all'uso di GIS ed alla isostasia flessurale", Trieste, 17-20 febbraio 2003 ( oppure vedi
2003,2005, 2006, 2007 Direction (with Prof. H.J. Goetze, Kiel) del "Corso internazionale sul campo gravitazionale alpino(Internationaler Kurs zum alpinen Gravitationsfeld), Merano.
2008 Introduzione al Geoide Alpino, corso teorico-pratico, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano
2012 Geophysical Application of Satellite Gravity Fields Workshop, South African Geophysical Association, in collaboration with Prof. J. Ebbing, 18-19 September 2012, Johannesburg (South Africa)

2011 Coordination of Alps Array activities in the ambit of potential fields.
2012 Int. Association of Geodesy Joint Working Group JWG2.8: Modeling and Inversion of Gravity-Solid Earth Coupling (coordinated by C. Braitenberg).


Starting with the Laurea thesis, CB has worked in different areas of modern geophysics:
1) Study of the structure of the Lithosphere in Tibet-Himalaya, Eastern Alps, Barents Sea, West Siberian Basin, South China Sea, Parana' basin, African continent
2) Formation of cratonic basins
3) Development of innovative methods in Potential Fields, flexural isostasy and in Magnetotellurics. Use of satellite data
4) Crustal deformation measurements and their interpretation and modelling: Short term deformation and seismogenesis; hydrologic effects in deformation measurements and their modeling
5) vertical crustal movements and sea level change, satellite altimetry
6) Satellite geodetic missions, GOCE e GRACE
7) Software development: Lithoflex (
8) Exploration and geologic exploitation of satellite GOCE gravity gradient observations
9) Temporal changes of gravity due to tectonic movements
8) Tutor of 28 Degree Thesis O. R. (old rules), Bachelor Degree or Master Degree/Specialist
9) Tutor of 8 PhD thesis


1. Park J., Song T. A., Tromp J., Okal E., Stein S., Roult G., Clevede E., Laske G., Kanamori H., Davis P., Berger J., Braitenberg C., Van Camp M., Lei X., Sun H., Xu H., Rosat S., 2005, Earth's free oscillations excited by the 26 december 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, Science, 308, 1139-1144

2. Braitenberg C., Romeo G., Taccetti Q., Nagy I. (2006) The very-broad-band long-base tiltmeters of Grotta Gigante (Trieste, Italy): secular term tilting and the great Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake of December 26, 2004, J. of Geodynamics, 41, 164-174

3. Braitenberg C., Wienecke S., Wang Y. (2006) Basement structures from satellite-derived gravity field: South China Sea ridge, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol.111, B05407, doi:10.1029/2005JB003938

4. Braitenberg C., Zadro M. (2007) Comparative analysis of the free oscillations generated by the Sumatra-Andaman Islands 2004 and the Chile 1960 earthquakes, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 97, No. 1A, pp. S6-S17, January 2007, doi: 10.1785/0120050624

5. Wienecke S., Braitenberg C., Goetze H.-J. (2007) A new analytical solution estimating the flexural rigidity in the Central Andes, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 789-794, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.3396.x

6. Shin, H. Xu, C.Braitenberg, J. Fang, Y. Wang (2007) Moho undulations beneath Tibet from GRACE-integrated gravity data, Young H. Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03457.x, 1-15

7. Shin Y. H., Shum, C.-K., Braitenberg C., Lee S. M., Xu H., Choi K. S., J. H. Baek, Park J. U. (2009) Three-dimensional fold structure of the Tibetan Moho from GRACE gravity data, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol.36,L01302, doi:10.1029/2008GL036068

8. Braitenberg, C., Ebbing, J (2009) New insights into the basement structure of the west-Siberian basin from forward and inverse modelling of Grace satellite gravity data,. J. Geophysical Res., 114, B06402, doi:10.1029/2008JB005799

9. Pinto L.G.R., Banik de Pádua M. Ussami N., Vitorello I., PadilhaA.L. and Braitenberg C. (2010) Magnetotelluric deep soundings, gravity and geoid in the south Sao Francisco craton: Geophysical indicators of cratonic lithosphere rejuvenation and crustal underplating, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 297 (2010), pp. 423-434 DOI information: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.06.044

10. Braitenberg C., Mariani P., Tunini L., Grillo B., Nagy I. (2010) Vertical crustal movements from differential tide gauge observations and satellite altimetry in southern Italy, Journal of Geodynamics, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2010.09.003

11. Braitenberg C., Mariani P., Ebbing J., Sprlak M. (2011). The enigmatic Chad lineament revisited with global gravity and gravity gradient fields. In: Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Buiter, S.J.H., Torsvik, T.H., Gaina, C., and Webb, S. (eds) 'The formation and evolution of Africa: a synopsis of 3.8 Ga of Earth History', Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Vol. 357,329-341

12. Alvarez, O., Gimenez M., Braitenberg C., Folguera, A. (2012) GOCE Satellite derived Gravity and Gravity gradient corrected for topographic effect in the South Central Andes Region. Geophysical Journal International, 190, 941-959, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05556.x

13. Bomfim E. P., Braitenberg C., Molina E. C. (2013). Mutual evaluation of global gravity models (EGM2008 and GOCE) and terrestrial data in Amazon Basin, Brazil. GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, vol. 195, p. 870-882, ISSN: 1365-246X, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt283

14. Zhang Z., Teng J., Romanelli F., Braitenberg C., Ding Z., Zhang X., Fang L., Zhang S., Wu J., Deng Y., Ma T., Sun R., Panza G.F. (2014). Geophysical constraints on the link between cratonization and orogeny: Evidence from the Tibetan Plateau and the North China Craton. EARTH-SCIENCE REVIEWS (ISSN:0012-8252), pp.1- 48, Vol. 130

15. Braitenberg, C. (2015), Exploration of tectonic structures with GOCE in Africa and across-continents. Int. J.Appl. Earth Observ. Geoinf., 35, 88-95.

16. Alvarez O., Nacif S., Spagnotto S., Folguera A., Gimenez M., Chlieh M., Braitenberg C. (2015). Gradients from GOCE reveal gravity changes before Pisagua Mw = 8.2 and Iquique Mw = 7.7 large megathrust earthquakes, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 64, 273-287, doi: 10.1016/j.jsames.2015.09.014

17. Alvarez O., Gimenez M., Folguera A., Spagnotto S., Bustos E., Baez W., Braitenberg C. (2015). New evidence about the subduction of the Copiapo' ridge beneath South America, and its connection with the Chilean-Pampean flat slab, tracked by satellite GOCE and EGM2008 models. Journal of Geodynamics, 91, 65-88, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2015.08.002

18. Pail R., Bingham R., Braitenberg C., Dobslaw H., Eicker A., Guntner A., Horwath M., Ivins E., Longuevergne L., Panet I., Wouters B., IUGG Expert Panel (2015). Science and User Needs for Observing Global Mass Transport to Understand Global Change and to Benefit Society. Surveys in Geophysics, 36(6), 743-772, dOI:10.1007/s10712-015-9348-9

19. Pail R., Bingham R., Braitenberg C., Eicker A., Horwath M., Ivins E., Longuevergne L., Panet I., Wouters B., Balsamo G., Becker M., Bertrand D., Bolten J. D., Boy J.-P., van den Broeke M., Cazenave A., Chambers D., van Dam T., Diament M., van Dijk A., Dobslaw H., Doll P., Ebbing J., Famiglietti J., Feng W., Forsberg R., van de Giesen N., Greff M., Guntner A., Guo J.-Y., Han S.-C., Hanna E., Heki K., Hete'nyi Gy., Jayne S., Jiang W., Jin S., Kaser G., King M., Kohl A., Kunstmann H., Kusche J., Lay T., Locher A., Lutchke S., Marcos M., van der Meijde M., Mikhailov V., Ohlwein Ch., Pollitz F., Pokhrel Y., Ponte R., Rodell M., Rolstad-Denby C., Save H., Scanlon B., Seneviratne S., Seyler F., Shepherd A., Song T., Spakman W., Shum C. K., Steffen H., Sun W., Tang Q., Tiwari V., Velicogna I., Wahr J., van der Wal W., Wang L., Xie H., Yeh H.-C., Yeh P., Zaitchik B., Zlotnicki V. (2015). Observing Mass Transport to Understand Global Change and and to benefit Society : Science and User Needs. Deutsche geodatische Kommission der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Reihe B, Angewandte Geodesie, Heft Nr. 320, 1-124, ISSN 0065-5317, ISBN: 978-3-7696-8599-2

20. Pivetta T., Braitenberg C. (2015). Laser-scan and gravity joint investigation for subsurface cavity exploration - The Grotta Gigante benchmark. Geophysics, Vol. 80, No. 4, (July - August 2015), B83 - B94, doi: 10.1190/GEO2014-0601.1

21. Shin Y. H., Shum C. K., Braitenberg C., Lee S. M., Na S.-H., Choi K. S., Hsu H., Park Y.-S., Lim M. (2015). Moho topography, ranges and folds of Tibet by analysis of global gravity models and GOCE data. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 5, 11681; doi: 10.1038/srep11681, 1-7

22. Devoti R., Zuliani D., Braitenberg C., Fabris P., Grillo B. (2015). Hydrologically induced slope deformations detected by GPS and clinometric surveys in the Cansiglio Plateau, southern Alps. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 419, 134-142, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.023

23. Braitenberg C., Sampietro D., Pivetta T., Zuliani D., Barbagallo A., Fabris P., Rossi L., Fabbri J., Mansi A. H. (2016). Gravity for detecting caves: Airborne and terrestrial simulations based on a comprehensive karstic cave benchmark. Pure and Applied Geophysics, doi: 10.1007/s00024-015-1182-y, 1-22

24. Uieda L., Barbosa V. C., F. Braitenberg C. (2016). Tesseroids: forward modeling gravitational fields in spherical coordinates, Geophysics, 81, 5, F41-F48, doi:10.1190/GEO2015-0204.1

25. Braitenberg C., Shum C. K. (2017). Geodynamic implications of temporal gravity changes over Tibetan Plateau. Italian Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 136, No.1, 39-49, doi: 10.3301/IJG.2015.38

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