Smaller fontsBigger fontsGraphic versionText only
Academic programmes

What's on

Meetings, conferences, seminars



UNIVAQ Online learning platform

University library system

library system

Libraries, E-Resources

Academic Staff

Academic Staff




Institutional Research Information System


Living in L'Aquila

Historical notes and practical information

Finding accommodation

Finding accommodation

Info, Online bulletin board



CETEMPS was established in 2001 with the first public selection for centres of excellence set forth by the MIUR (Ministry for Education, University and Research). This Centre of Excellence for the integration of remote sensing techniques and numerical modelling for the early warning of severe meteorological events has the main objective of developing techniques to prevent and predict meteorological phenomena which may lead to flooding and landslides.

CETEMPS incorporates four distinct activities, namely modelling, meteorology, hydrology and land and satellite remote sensing. Instruments include Band C radar, wind profiler, radiometer, sodar and lidars.

The Centre receives funding for about 1.5 million euros in three years and an additional 20% from the University. The former, main form of financing agreement, is stipulated with the Abruzzo Region Authority for regional meteorological forecasting, thus creating extensive interaction with the DPC (Civil Defense Department) which has declared it a “Center of competence” for meteorological modeling.

In order to enhance financial support the CETEMPS is also active in other European programmes (Riskaware, Medusa) and in projects financed by the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

A strong point of this Centre is its collaboration with the Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences and the Departments of the Engineering Area. CETEMPS also runs a summer programme – International Summer School of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (ISSAOS) – the proceedings of which are published by Springer.

The goal pursued by CETEMPS as regards numerical meteorology is that of improving weather forecasting using both satellite and radar data assimilation techniques. As regards hydrology, CETEMPS has developed its own water-flow model (Chym, Cetemps Hydrological model) which is fundamental part of the forecasting system developed for the Abruzzo regional authority. The land remote sensing part uses microwave radar and lidars to study atmospheric conditions. In particular, CETEMPS handles the management of radar in the Abruzzo region situated in the area of Tagliacozzo, while more advanced radar is to be introduced along the coast.

As regards satellite data a new observation and data processing technique has been developed and new sectors have been added on recently, in particular air quality forecasting with laser-induced fluorescence techniques. The work carried out using lidars has led to participation in the Auger Project on cosmic ray spectrum measurement.

The CETEMPS staff includes professors, researchers, technical experts and administrative personnel.

General information
AddressVia Vetoio (Coppito 1), 67100 Coppito (AQ)Visualizza sulla Mappa
Phone 1+39 0862433073
Phone 2+39 0862433087
Fax+39 0862433089
 Prof. Frank Marzano
Phone+39 06 44585847
Fax+39 06 44585918
Deputy Director
 Prof. Vincenzo Rizi
Phone+39 0862433083
Fax+39 0862433089
top of page