Curriculum Vitae Prof. CARLA BRAITENBERG

Curriculum Vitae

PRESENT POSITION: Associate Professor in Geophysics, Head of the Geodynamics and Tectonophysics group at the Department of Mathematics and Geosciences of Trieste University.

ADDRESS: Department of Mathematics and Geosciences, Univ. of Trieste, Via Weiss 1, 34127 Trieste, Italy. E-mail:

Lecturer at the Batchelor Course in Geology, the Master Course in Geosciences, the Master Course of Data Science and Scientific Computing.
Courses taught: Potential Fields Methods, Geodetic Monitoring and Remote Sensing, Earth Science Analytics, Informatics for Geologists.
Member of the Scientific Board of the Ph.D. course in "Earth Science, Fluid-Dynamics, and Mathematics. Interactions and Methods" hosted by the University of Trieste, where she gives the course Earth Monitoring with Space Geodetic Interferometry.
She has just completed two terms of the position Dean of the Bachelor Degree in Geology and of the Master Degree of Geosciences at the University of Trieste (2015-2021).

Presently the fields of interest are focused on geophysical applications which can actively contribute to put the EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL into practice. An important topic in the GREEN transformation is that of producing critical minerals required for the development of renewable energy, and in particular for the mobility. Presently critical raw materials in Europe and Italy are mostly imported from abroad, and it is crucial to guarantee the autonomy in the production of such materials. In this context important elements are Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel for the construction of batteries, and the Rare Earth Elements required in many technologies like electrical mobility, for robotics, and for electrical turbines. The Trieste research group has started a cooperation with other research institutions to define the methods to improve the 3D lithospheric structure in Europe and in particular Italy and abroad as Brazil, which shall be coherent with seismologic, geologic, and gravity and magnetic field observations, with the scope to set the basis to define those areas which are prone to contain mineral deposits, from the point of view of geology and geophysics. The goal is to use the known mineral deposits to correlate them with the gravity and magnetic fields, the lithosphere structure, and remote sensing techniques as InSAR and Multispectral Imaging to define the analysis method, and export it to areas in which the mineral presence is less known. The model and the methodology sets the basis to develop the mineral exploration in Europe, or mineral-rich areas like Greenland. The link between potential fields and mineral resources has been shown in several publications. In Italy, presently mineral production is little active, but it cannot be excluded that in synergy with the development of robotized extractive machines and given the big future request of the European market for critical raw minerals, massive extraction could start again. This topic has just received (December 2021) a grant from the Italian Ministry for a PhD project (assigned to Dr. Gerardo Maurizio) that will be focused on the development of a 3D lithospheric model, with particular attention on the Italian territory.

Research has focused on investigating the Earth's lithosphere in terms of density structure, dynamic equilibrium and deformation in time. Observations of the gravity field from the satellites GOCE and GRACE and terrestrial measurements with the gravimeter have been used to constrain the structure. Observations of crustal deformation with tiltmeters, strainmeters, GNSS and INSAR, have been studied in terms of the multitude of processes that cause the signals, including Earth tides, earthquakes, surface loading, hydrologic subsurface flows and triggered earthquakes.
Responsible of the subsurface geodetic network of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Google Scholar: Total citations: 4002 H-index: 35
Clarivate (ex ISI Web of Science): Total citations: 2359 H-index: 29
Scopus: Total citations: 2527 H-index: 29

Chair of Sub-Commission SC 3.1 Earth Tides and Geodynamics, International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 3 - Earth Rotation and Geodynamics (2019-2023); Chair of Working Group WG 2.6.1: Potential field modeling with petrophysical support, (IAG), Commission 2 Gravity Field (2015-2019), Chair of Joint Working Group JWG 2.8: Modeling and Inversion of Gravity-Solid Earth Coupling, IAG, Commission 2 Gravity Field Joint with Commission 3 (2011-2015).


Informazioni aggiornate al: 30.11.2021 alle ore 14:28