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Vetrano Anna

Vetrano Anna

MSc degree, summa cum laude, in Physical Oceanography, 1991, “Partenope”, University of Naples (ex I.U.N.), Italy.
Fellowship in Physical Oceanography, 1994, OGS, Trieste, Italy.
Research Assistant in Oceanography, 1997, NCSU, Raleigh, NC, USA

Institute of Marine Science - National Research Council
ISMAR-CNR, Forte Santa Teresa, 19036 Pozzuolo di Lerici (SP) Italy

Phone +39 0187 1788917


Anna Vetrano developed her research in the field of physical oceanography applied to the study of the dynamical processes affecting the circulation at large and small scales, both in the Mediterranean and in oceanic continental margins (Mid-Atlantic Bight), with particular attention at  fluxes of mass and heat through straits and channels (Sicily Strait, Corsica Channel, Otranto Strait). She has developed operational skills in field activities and has gained a primary expertise in both acquisition and processing of in situ oceanographic data upon a wide variety of measurement platforms.

Other fields of interest are:

  • Implementation and application of the Inverse Box Model (IBM) (usually employed to estimate the world ocean general circulation and fluxes) to basin-scale hydrological data by means of an integrated use of heterogeneous oceanographic data. The model has been proficiently exploited in the central Mediterranean region, in the western Mediterranean and in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • Study of physical processes that may condition/enhance the biological activities in particular maritime areas as canyons, frontal zones, sea mountains, and their possible correlation with presence of marine mammals (Liguro-Provencal Basin, the so-called “Santuario dei cetacei”)
  • Development of data management technologies in Oceanography, in collaboration with the engineering faculty of the University of Pisa.

Involved in both national and international projects; among them:

  • SINAPSI (Seasonal and INterannual and decAdal variability of the atmosPhere, oceanS and related marIne ecosystem);
  • VECTOR (Vulnerability of the Coasts and the Italian sea ecosystems to the climatic changes and them role in the cycles of the Mediterranean carbon);
  • KM3NeT (Designed study for a Deep Sea Facility in the Mediterranean for Neutrino Astronomy and Associated Sciences;
  • SOLMAR (Sound Oceanography Living MArine Resources) in collaboration with NURC (NATO Undersea Research Centre);

Scientific coordinator of the Environmental monitoring of the wreck of the VLCC Haven.

Participation to more then 20 oceanographic cruise (1988-2003) in the Mediterranean Sea.

Constant collaboration with several Italian Universities (Pisa, Naples, Genova) giving contribution to the tuition of thesis works as official tutor.

  • Vetrano A., Napolitano E., Iacono R., Schroeder K., Gasparini G.P., 2010. Tyrrhenian Sea Circulation and water mass fluxes in spring 2004: observations and model results. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2009JC005680
  • SCHROEDER K, TAILLANDIER V, VETRANO A., GASPARINI G.P (2008). The circulation of the western Mediterranean Sea in Spring 2005 as inferred from observations and from model outputs. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART I-, vol. 55; p 947-965, ISSN: 0967-0637.
  • GASPARINI G.P, D.A. SMEED, S. ALDERSON, S. SPARNOCCHIA, VETRANO A. (2004). Tidal and sub-tidal currents in the Strait of Sicily. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH., vol. 109, ISSN: 0148-0227, doi: 10.1029/2003JC001903
  • VETRANO A., G.P. GASPARINI, R. MOLCARD, M. ASTRALDI (2004). Water flux estimates in the central Mediterranean Sea from an inverse box model. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH. EARTH SURFACE, vol. 109, ISSN: 0148-0227, doi: 10.1029/2003JC002011
  • ASTRALDI M, F. CONVERSANO, G. CIVITARESE, G.P. GASPARINI, M. RIBERA DALCALÀ, VETRANO A. (2002). Water mass properties and chemical signatures in the Central Mediterranean region. JOURNAL OF MARINE SYSTEMS, vol. 33-34; p. 155-177, ISSN: 0924-7963
  • ASTRALDI M, G.P. GASPARINI, VETRANO A. (2002). Hydrographic characteristics and interannual variability of water mass in the central Mediterranean: a sensitivity test for long term changes in the Mediterranean Sea, Deep Sea Research I-49 (2002), pp.661-680, vol. 49; p. 661-680, ISSN: 0967-0637
  • STANSFIELD K, D. A. SMEED, G. P. GASPARINI, S. MCPHAIL, N. MILLARD, P. STEVENSON, A. WEBB, VETRANO A., B. RABE (2000). Deep-sea, high-resolution, hydrography and current measurements using autonomous underwater vehicle: the overflow from the Strait of Sicily. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, vol. 28; p. 2645-2648, ISSN: 0094-8276
  • ASTRALDI M. G.P. GASPARINI, R. MOLCARD, S. SPARNOCCHIA, VETRANO A. (1999). Hydrographic properties and water exchanges in the Central Mediterranean Region. In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, European Geophysical Society. The Hague, NL, vol. Vol 1, no 2, p. 399
  • CIVITARESE G, M.GACIC, VETRANO A., V. KOVACEVIC, A. BOLDRIN, D. BREGANT, S. COZZI, A. DE LAZZARI, E. KRASAKOPOULOU, S. RABITTI, E. SOVERMEZOGLOU (1999). Nutrients and particulate matter dynamics and exchanges in the Otranto Strait”, in:. Ecosystems Research No.32. The Adriatic Sea (EUR 18834), Energy, Environment and sustainable development, T.S. Hopkins, A. Artegiani, G. Cauwet, D. Degobis, A. Malej (Eds). RTD Programme of the European Commission, Brussels, pp. 199-211.
  • VETRANO A., GACIC M, V. KOVACEVIC (1999). Water fluxes through the strait of Otranto. In: Ecosystems Research No.32. The Adriatic Sea (EUR 18834), Energy, Environment and sustainable development, T.S. Hopkins, A. Artegiani, G. Cauwet, D. Degobis, A. Malej (Eds). RTD Programme of the European Commission, Brussels. p. 127-140.
  • CIVITARESE G, M.GACIC, VETRANO A., A. BOLDRIN, D. BREGANT, S. RABITTI, E. SOVERMEZOGLOU (1998). Biogeochemical fluxes through the Strait of Otranto (Eastern Mediterranean)“, Cont. Shelf  Res, Vol.18, No.7, 773-789., ISSN: 0278-4343
  • GACIC M, V. KOVACEVIC, B. MANCA, E. PAPAGEORGIOU, P.M. POULAIN, P. SCARAZZATO, VETRANO A. (1996). Thermohaline properties and circulation in the Otranto Strait“ in Dynamics of mediterranean straits and channels, CIESM Science Series n.2, Bulletin de l’Institut Oceanographique, n. special 17, 117-145, ISSN: 0304-5722
  • POULAIN P.M, M. GACIC, VETRANO A. (1996). Current measurements in the Strait of Otranto reveal unforseen aspects of its hydrodynamics”, Eos, Vol.77, No.36, 345-348, ISSN: 0096-3941
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