EEH Characterizing Topics

Seismotectonics and Seismic Hazard

Research and teaching activities concerns geology and physics of earthquakes, seismotectonics and seismogenesis.

The study will be performed at a local and regional scale, in Italy and elsewhere in the world, with the aim to study and to define the 3D geometry, kinematics and dynamics of selected active faults systems, from the source to the surface. The relationships between tectonic structures and instrumental to pre-historic earthquakes will be deeply analysed from the geological, archaeological, and seismological side for a better understanding  and modelling of  the complex processes  controlling active faulting and earthquake mechanics. The research will be afforded in a long-term geologic perspective, considering the earthquakes as instantaneous deformation of longer term deformation histories. Territorial applications in the form of seismic hazard analysis will  be afforded.

Basic disciplines are Structural Geology, Geomorphology, Solid Earth Geophysics, Seismology and Archeology.


Contact: prof. Giusy Lavecchia,



Environmental Pollution and Hazard

Research and teaching activities concern the analysis of the role of anthropogenic and natural emissions on the degradation of water and air quality.

Multi-disciplinary analytical investigations will be carried out to assess the impacts of the atmospheric, soil and water composition changes on climate, ecosystems and well-being. Crustal gas emission associated with earthquake activity will be also analyzed. The exchanges processes among air, soil and ocean are other key topics for a global picture of the environmental hazard.

Basic disciplines are Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere, Geochemistry/Petrology and Plant Ecosystems.


Contact: prof. Piero di



Psycho-sociological analysis of hazard perception and risk communication

Research and teaching activities concern psycho-sociological analysis of risk perception and communication, with a focus on earthquakes and environmental disasters.

The analysis will be performed looking at the individual cognitive process and at the social representations of the different physical process; risk-related health and well-being in complex contexts will be also addressed. The full psycho-sociologic understanding of a system, community or society exposed to natural hazards cannot be achieved without the deep interaction between the psychologists and the scientists who study the specific physical phenomena. Such an interaction is one of the EEH strength and it is aimed to the building of successful risk mitigation and adaptation strategies.


Contact: prof. Nicola Mammarella,