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Luchetta Anna

Luchetta Anna

Degree in Chemistry, 1985, University of Trieste
Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, 1986, University of Udine

CNR - Istituto di Scienze Marine
Area Science Park - Basovizza - Edificio Q2
Strada Statale 14 - Km. 163.5
I-34149 Trieste - Italy

Phone +39 040 375 6873


Biogeochemistry of the marine carbonate system and its relation to the gradual CO2 increase in the ocean, due to the uptake of anthropogenic CO2. Ocean acidification, in particular. Marine biogeochemistry (biogeochemical cycling of N, P, Si, O, C in seawater). In the past, interests have concerned the cycling of nutrients and oxygen, especially in relation to primary production and phytoplankton species composition in the Eurasian sector of the Arctic Ocean or in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Additional interests in: 1) Eastern Mediterranean Transient, circulation and biogeochemistry in the deep waters; 2) hypoxia and anoxia events of the northern Adriatic Sea, their monitoring and management in the Coastal Zone; 3) chemical characteristics of the anoxic hypersaline basins (Bannock and Tyro) of the eastern Mediterranean.

  • Participated in 17 national and international research projects (1988-2008)
  • Sailed on 17 Scientific Cruises in the Arctic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Contractor in two EU projects in the Arctic Ocean: SEAS (1992-1995) and VEINS (1997-2000)
    in collaborations with AWI (Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven, germany), Institut fuer Meereskunde, Universitaet Hamburg; Norsk Polar Institutt, Tromsoe, Norway; Department of Analytical Marine Chemistry, Goeteborg University, Sweeden).
  • Coordinator of the scientific workshop “The Hydrographic and Planktological Studies during the SEAS Cruise. 14-16 december 1992, ISMAR-C.N.R. Trieste, Italy”. In collaboration with ESF (European Science Foundation).
  • Served as Reference Person for the Safety and Health at Work in ISMAR UOS Trieste, according to the Italian national law 626/94, (2001-2008).
  • She has been taking care of the biogeochemical time series in the centre of the Gulf of Trieste since January 2008  and promoted the inclusion of datasets in an international (global) observing network for both Ocean Acidification and Sea Surface Carbon Dynamics.

She wrote about 30 papers between referred journals (16 ISI), referred books (2), referred white papers (2), technical reports (8) and other journals. She has contributed to more than 45 meetings (24 international, 18 national) with published abstracts.

  • Álvarez, M., Sanleón-Bartolomé, H., Tanhua, T., Mintrop, L., Luchetta, A., Cantoni, C., Schroeder, K., Civitarese, G. “The CO2 system in the Mediterranean Sea: A basin wide perspective” (2014) Ocean Science, 10 (1), pp. 69-92.
  • Cantoni, C., Luchetta, A., Celio, M., Cozzi, S., Raicich, F., Catalano, G. “Carbonate system variability in the Gulf of Trieste (North Adriatic Sea)” (2012) Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 115, pp. 51-62.
  • Luchetta, A., Cantoni, C., Catalano, G. "New observations of CO2-induced acidification in the northern Adriatic Sea over the last quarter century" (2010) Chemistry and Ecology, 26 (SUPPL. 1), pp. 1-17.
  • Borges A.V., Alin S.R., Chavez F.P., Vlahos P., Johnson K.S., Holt J.T., …, Luchetta A., ... et al. A global sea surface carbon observing system: inorganic and organic carbon dynamics in coastal oceans. Community White Paper presented on OceanObs ‘09, Venice 21-25 September ‘09, available at website
  • Feely R.A., Fabry V., Dickson A., Gattuso J.-P, Bijma J., Riebesell U., Doney S., Turley C., Saino T., Lee K., Anthony K., Kleypas J., …., Luchetta A., ... et al. “An international observing network for ocean acidification”. Community White Paper presented on OceanObs ‘09, Venice 21-25 September 09, available at website
  • Klein B., Roether W., Kress N., Manca B., Ribera d‘Alcalà M., Souvermezoglou E., Theocharis A., Civitarese G. and Luchetta A. Accelerated oxyegn consumption in the eastern Mediterranean  deep waters following the recent changes in thermoaline circulation. Journal of Geophysical Research,  108 (C9), PBE 8-1 – 8-17, 2003.
  • Vidussi F., Claustre H., Manca B., Luchetta A. and Marty J.C. Phytoplankton pigment distribution in relation to upper thermocline circulation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea  during winter. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106, 19,939-19,956 , 2001.
  • Luchetta A., Lipizer M. and Socal G. Temporal evolution of primary production in the Central Barents Sea. Journal of Marine Systems, 27, 177-193, 2000.
  • Owrid L.G., Socal G., Civitarese G., Luchetta A., Wiktor J., Noethig E.M., Andreassen I., Schauer U. and Strass V. Spatial variability of phytoplankton, nutrients and new production estimates in the waters around Svalbard. Polar Research 19, 155-171, 2000.
  • Olsson K., Anderson L.G., Frank M., Luchetta A. and Smethie W. Carbon Utilization in the eurasian sector of the Arctic Ocean . Limnol. Oceanogr., 44, 95-105, 1999.
  • Klein B., Roether W., Manca B., Bregant D., Beitzel V., Kovacevic V. and Luchetta. The large deep water transient in the eastern Mediterranean sea. Deep Sea Res. I, 46, 371-414, 1999.
  • Roether W., Manca B., Klein B., Bregant D., Georgopoulos D., Beitzel V., Kovacevic and Luchetta A. Recent changes in the Eastern Mediterranean deep waters. Science, 271, 333-335, 1996.
  • Luchetta A., Rivaro P., Messa R., Catalano G. “Il pH dell’acqua di mare”. In: metodi nell’ecologia del phytoplankton marino. II edizione. Società Italiana di Biologia Marina (submitted)
  • Rivaro P., Luchetta A., Messa R., Catalano G. “Carbonio inorganico totale (DIC) e Alcalinità”. In: metodi nell’ecologia del phytoplankton marino. II edizione. Società Italiana di Biologia Marina (submitted)
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