|MICHETTI ALESSANDRO MARIA||Professori Associati|
|Struttura: DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZA E ALTA TECNOLOGIA|
|Indirizzo (*)||Via Valleggio 11, 22100, Como|
|Tel.||031 238 6650|
|Tel.||031 238 6651|
Born in Roma, Italy, on February 25th, 1961; married and father of 3 kids.
Office Address: Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia, Via Valleggio, 11, 22100, Como, Italy.
Direct Calls: ++39-0312386650; fax: ++39-0312386119;
Web Page: http://www4.uninsubria.it/on-line/home/rubrica/home-page-personale.html?P1_m=P000373
Educational and Academics
Author of more than 65 scientific papers on international peer-reviewed journals
2012-present, Member of the Academic Senate, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
2011-2012, Vice President, Environmental Science Degree Committee, Università dell’Insubria;
2008 - 2011, Vice Director, Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, Università dell'Insubria;
2000 – 2013, Tutor of 10 PhD Projects in Environmental Sciences;
October 1st, 2000 - present: Associate Professor of Geology, Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta tecnologia , Università dell’Insubria, Como;
1992 NATO Fellowship in Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology, Center for Neotectonic Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, USA;
1989 to 1999 Research Geologist in Natural Hazard Assessment and Paleoseismology, CNR - GNDT (National Group for Protection Against Earthquakes) at ANPA (National Agency for Environmental Protection, Roma)
1986 Doctor in Geology, University "La Sapienza" of Roma, Department of Earth SciencesQualifications and awards:
Affiliations and Editorial Boards
Most of my research is focused on the reconstruction of the recent landscape evolution in order to define geological criteria for assessing natural hazards, in particular seismicity. This includes the integration of historical and instrumental seismicity data with observations from Quaternary, dominantly Holocene, stratigraphy, geomorphology and tectonics, to understand the styles and rates of ongoing crustal deformation, their interaction with climatically-controlled surface processes and, with that information, define the seismic potential at both local and regional scales. This research ranges from laboratory analysis of airphoto coverages and topographic imagery, to field mapping of recent landforms and deposits, to geomorphic reconstruction of slip rates and paleoearthquake histories of capable faults, also through detailed studies of trench exposures showing evidence for Holocene earthquake surface faulting. Of particular interest for my research is also the study of earthquake ground effects and their use in the macroseismic intensity scales.
I am also using this scientific background for studies connected with the nuclear industry, in particular for the assessment of earthquake and surface faulting hazards following the IAEA Guidelines. I have been involved as IAEA Expert in the past 10 years, including revisions for site evaluation investigations at several NPP’s in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America.
Recent and ongoing research projects includes:
- coseismic surface rupture and afterslip during the Aug. 24, 2016, Mw6.0 Amatrice earthquake
- archaeoseismological evidence at Tiberias, Sea of Galilee
- study of the environmental effects generated by the May 20th, 2012, Finale Emilia earthquake and related seismic sequence in the Po Plain of N Italy;
- study of the surface faulting accompanying the April 6th, 2009, L’Aquila earthquake in Central Italy;
-·application of the macroseismic intensity scale based on earthquake ground effects (Environmental Seismic Intensity scale, ESI 2007) to major earthquakes in the world (INQUA Project #0811; http://www.inqua.tcd.ie/);·
- study of ground effects of the 1995 Aqaba earthquake and evidence for paleoseismicity;
- recent landscape evolution and seismic potential of Lake Como area and Southern Alps in Lombardia, N Italy;
- paleoseismology and structural geology of capable faults in Central and Southern Apennines, Southern Alps, Sicily;
- study of ground effects of the 2004 Muzaffarabad earthquake, Pakistan and assessment of macroseismic intensity;
- subsidence and Holocene stratigraphy in the Como plain;
- Quaternary drainage network and normal fault growth in the Rieti area;
- active tectonics and fault trench investigations on the Mt. Etna volcano.
Past Projects and scientific career
Blumetti A. M., Dramis F. & Michetti A.M. (1993) - Fault generated mountain fronts in the Central Apennines (Central Italy): geomorphological features and seismotectonic implications. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 18, 203-223.
Brunamonte F., Michetti A.M., Serva L. & Vittori E. (1993) - Seismic hazard evaluation in central Italy: preliminary results of the Rieti Basin Project. Annali di Geofisica, 36, p. 253-262.
Michetti A.M. (1994) - Coseismic surface displacement vs. magnitude: relationships from paleoseismological analyses in the Central Apennines (Italy), Journal of the Geodetic Society of Japan, Special Issue "Proceedings of the CRCM '93", Kyoto, 375-380.
Michetti A.M., F. Brunamonte, L. Serva, & R.A. Whitney (1995) - Seismic hazard assessment from paleoseismological evidence in the Rieti region (Central Italy). Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 6 "Perspectives in Paleoseismology", 63-82, Peanut Butter Publishing, Seattle WA USA.
Michetti A.M., F. Brunamonte & L. Serva (1995) - Paleoseismological evidence in the epicentral area of the January 13, 1968, Belice (SW Sicily) earthquake. Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 6 "Perspectives in Paleoseismology", 127-139, Peanut Butter Publishing, Seattle WA USA.
Michetti A.M., Brunamonte F., Serva L. and Vittori E. (1996) - Trench investigations along the 1915 Fucino earthquake fault scarps (Abruzzo, Central Italy): geological evidence of large historical events. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 5921-5936.
Michetti A.M. and Hancock P.L. (1997) - Paleoseismology: understanding past earthquakes using Quaternary geology. Journal of Geodynamics, 24, 1-4, 3-10.
Michetti A.M., Ferreli L., Serva L. & Vittori E. (1997) - Geological evidence for strong historical earthquakes in an "aseismic" region: the Pollino case (Southern Italy). In: P.L. Hancock and A.M. Michetti, editors, "Paleoseismology: Understanding Past Earthquakes Using Quaternary Geology", Special Issue, Journal of Geodynamics, 24, 1-4, 67-86.
Azzaro R., Ferreli L., Michetti A.M., Serva L. & Vittori E. (1998), Environmental hazard of capable faults: the case of the Pernicana fault (Mt. Etna, Sicily). Natural Hazards, 18, 1-16, Kluwer Academic Publisher, Netherlands.
Cello G., Deiana G., Mangano P., Mazzoli S., Tondi E., Ferreli L., Maschio L., Michetti A.M., Serva L. & Vittori E. (1998), Evidence for surface faulting during the september 26, 1997, Colfiorito (Central Italy) earthquakes. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1998) 1-22, Imperial College Press, U.K.
Michetti A.M., L. Ferreli, E. Esposito, S. Porfido, A.M. Blumetti, E. Vittori, L. Serva & G.P. Roberts, 2000, Ground effects during the September 9, 1998, Mw = 5.6, Lauria earthquake and the seismic potential of the aseismic Pollino region in Southern Italy. Seismological Research Letters, 71, 31-46 (2000).
Vittori E., G. Deiana, E. Esposito, L. Ferreli, L. Marchegiani, G. Mastrolorenzo, A.M. Michetti, S. Porfido, L. Serva, A.L. Simonelli & E. Tondi "Ground effects and surface faulting in the September-October 1997 Umbria-Marche (Central Italy) seismic sequence", Journal of Geodynamics, 29, 535-564 (2000).
Azzaro R., D. Bella, L. Ferreli, A.M. Michetti, F. Santagati, L. Serva & E. Vittori, "First study of fault trench stratigraphy at Mt. Etna volcano, Southern Italy: understanding Holocene surface faulting along the Moscarello fault", Journal of Geodynamics, 29, 187-210 (2000).
Cello G., G. Deiana, L. Ferreli, L. Marchegiani, L. Maschio, S. Mazzoli, A.M. Michetti, L. Serva, E. Tondi & E. Vittori (2000). “Geological constraints for earthquake faulting studies in the Colfiorito area (central Italy)”. Journal of Seismology, 4, 357-364, (2000).
Ferreli L., A.M. Michetti, L. Serva and E. Vittori, 2002, Stratigraphic evidence of coseismic faulting and aseismic fault creep from exploratory trenches at Mt. Etna volcano (Sicily, Italy), in Ettensohn, F.R., Rast, N., and Brett, C.E., eds., “Ancient Seismites”: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 359, 49-62.
Roberts G.P., A.M. Michetti, P. Cowie, N.C. Morewood, and I. Papanikolaou, 2002, “Fault slip-rate variations during crustal-scale strain localisation, central Italy”, Geophysical Research Letters, 29, No. 8, doi 810.1029/2001GL013529.
Porfido S., E. Esposito, E. Vittori, G. Tranfaglia, A. M. Michetti, A.M. Blumetti, L. Ferreli, L. Guerrieri, L. Serva, 2002, “Areal distribution of ground effects induced by strong earthquakes in the southern Apennines (Italy)”, Surveys in Geophysics, 23, 529-562.
Roberts G.P., P. Cowie, I. Papanikolaou and A.M. Michetti, 2004, Fault scaling relationships, deformation rates and seismic hazards: an example from the Lazio-Abruzzo Apennines, central Italy, Journal of Structural Geology, 26 (2004), 377–398.
Roberts G.P. and A. M. Michetti, 2004, Spatial and temporal variations in growth rates along active normal fault Systems: an example from the Lazio-Abruzzo Apennines, central Italy, Journal of Structural Geology, 26 (2004), 339–376.
Michetti A.M., Audemard F and Marco S., 2005, Future trends in paleoseismology: Integrated study of the seismic landscape as a vital tool in seismic hazard analyses, In: Michetti A.M., Audemard F., Marco S. (Editors), “Paleoseismology, integrated study of the Quaternary geological record for earthquake deformation and faulting”, Special Issue, Tectonophysics, 408 (1-4), 3-21.
Papanikolaou I., Roberts G. and Michetti A.M., 2005, Fault scarps and deformation rates in Lazio–Abruzzo, Central Italy: comparison between geological fault slip-rate and GPS data., In: Michetti A.M., Audemard F., Marco S. (Editors), “Paleoseismology, integrated study of the Quaternary geological record for earthquake deformation and faulting”, Special Issue, Tectonophysics, 408 (1-4), 147-176.
Chunga K., Livio F., Michetti A.M. and Serva L., 2007, Synsedimentary deformation of Pleistocene glaciolacustrine deposits in the Albese con Cassano area (Southern Alps, Northern Italy), and possible implications for paleoseismicity. Sedimentary Geology, 196, 59-80, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.08.010.
Guerrieri L., Tatevossian R. , Vittori E., Comerci V., Esposito E., Michetti A.M., Porfido S. and Serva L., 2007. Earthquake environmental effects (EEE) and intensity assessment: the INQUA scale project. Boll. Soc. Geol. It. - Italian Journal of Geoscience 126(2), 375-386, ISSN: 0037-8763.
Sileo G., Giardina F., Livio F., Michetti A.M., Mueller K. and Vittori E., 2007, Remarks on the Quaternary tectonics of the Insubria Region (Lombardia North Western Italy, and Ticino, South Eastern Swizerland). Boll. Soc. Geol. It. - Italian Journal of Geoscience 126(2), 411-425, ISSN: 0037-8763.
Comerci V., S. Capelletti, A.M. Michetti, S. Rossi, L. Serva and E. Vittori, 2007, Land subsidence and late glacial environmental evolution of the Como urban area (Northern Italy), Quaternary International (2007), 173-174, 67-86, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2007.06.014.
Leroy S.A.G., A.M. Michetti and F.A. Pasquaré, 2007, Editorial; Dark Nature, Quaternary International (2007), 173-174, 1-3, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2007.06.020.
Abdel Aziz M.A.H, Serva L., Michetti A.M., Giardina F., Swedan A.H., Gad Elhaq G., Soliman H., 2007, Assessing intensity values for earthquakes affecting low populated areas: the case of 22 November 1995 Nuweiba earthquake. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 29, 321-334, ISSN: 1110-0435.
Hormes A., Ivy-Ochs S., Kubik P.W., Ferreli L., Michetti A.M., 2008, 10-Be exposure ages of a rock avalanche and a late glacial moraine in Alta Valtellina, Italian Alps. Quaternary International, 190, 136-145, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2007.06.036.
Livio F, A.M. Michetti, G. Sileo, C. Carcano, K. Mueller, S. Rogledi, L. Serva, E. Vittori, & A. Berlusconi, 2009, Quaternary capable folds and seismic hazard in Lombardia (Northern Italy): the Castenedolo structure near Brescia, Boll. Soc. Geol. It. - Italian Journal of Geoscience 128(1), 191-200, ISSN: 0037-8763.
Guerrieri, L., Blumetti, A.M., Esposito, E., Michetti, A.M., Porfido, S., Serva, L., Tondi, E., Vittori, E., 2009, Capable faulting, environmental effects and seismic landscape in the area affected by the 1997 Umbria-Marche (Central Italy) seismic sequence. Tectonophysics, 476 (1-2), 269-281, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2008.10.034
Livio F., A. Berlusconi, A.M. Michetti, G. Sileo, A. Zerboni, L. Trombino, M. Cremaschi, K. Mueller, E. Vittori, C. Carcano, & S. Rogledi, 2009, Active fault-related folding in the epicentral area of the December 25, 1222 (Io = IX MCS) Brescia earthquake (Northern Italy): seismotectonic implications. Tectonophysics, 476 (1-2), 320-335, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.03.019
Zahid Ali, Muhammad Qaisar, Tariq Mahmood, Muhammad Ali Shah, Talat Iqbal, Leonello Serva, Alessandro M. Michetti & Paul W. Burton, 2009, The Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, earthquake of 8 October 2005: surface faulting, environmental effects and macroseismic intensity. In Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M. & Silva, P.G. (eds) Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment. The Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 316, 155–172. DOI: 10.1144/SP316.9 0305-8719/09/ # The Geological Society of London 2009.
Mosquera-Machado S., C. Lalinde-Pulido, E. Salcedo-Hurtado & A.M. Michetti 2009, Ground effects of the 18 October 1992, Murindo earthquake (NW Colombia), using the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale (ESI 2007) for the assessment of intensity. In Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M. & Silva, P.G. (eds) Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment. The Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 316, 123–144. DOI: 10.1144/SP316.9 0305-8719/09/ # The Geological Society of London 2009.
Reicherter, K., A. M. Michetti & P. G. Silva Barroso, 2009, Palaeoseismology: historical and prehistorical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment – introduction. In Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M. & Silva, P.G. (eds) Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment. The Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 316, 1-10. DOI: 10.1144/SP316.9 0305-8719/09/ # The Geological Society of London 2009.
Faure Walker, J.P., G.P. Roberts, P.A. Cowie, I.D. Papanikolaou, A.M. Michetti, P.R. Sammonds, & R.J. Phillips, 2009, Horizontal strain-rates and throw-rates across breached relay zones, central Italy: Implications for the preservation of throw deficits at points of normal fault linkage, Journal of Structural Geology, 31, 1145-1160, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2009.06.01
Wilkinson, M., K.J.W. McCaffrey, G.P. Roberts, P. A. Cowie, R.J. Phillips, A.M. Michetti, E. Vittori, L. Guerrieri, A.M. Blumetti, A. Bubeck, A. Yates, and G. Sileo, 2010, Partitioned postseismic deformation associated with the 2009 Mw 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake surface rupture measured using a terrestrial laser scanner, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L10309, doi:10.1029/2010GL043099
Roberts G.P., B. Raithatha, G. Sileo, A. Pizzi, S. Pucci, J. Faure Walker, M. Wilkinson, K.J.W. McCaffrey, R.J. Phillips, A.M. Michetti, L. Guerrieri, A.M. Blumetti, E. Vittori, P. A. Cowie, P. Sammonds, P. Galli, P. Boncio, C. Bristow, and R. Walters, 2010, Shallow sub-surface structure of the 2009 April 6 Mw 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake surface rupture at Paganica, investigated with Ground Penetrating Radar, Geophysical Journal International, 183, 774–790, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04713.x
Guerrieri L., Baer G., Hamiel Y., Amit R., Blumetti A.M., Comerci V., Di Manna P., Michetti A.M., Salamon A., Mushkin A., Sileo G. and Vittori E., 2010, InSAR data as a field guide for mapping minor earthquake surface ruptures: ground displacements along the Paganica Fault during the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 115, B12331, doi:10.1029/2010JB007579, 2010
Vittori, E., Di Manna, P., Blumetti A.M., Comerci V., Guerrieri L., Esposito E., Michetti A.M., Porfido S., Piccardi L., Roberts G., Berlusconi A., Livio F., Sileo G., Wilkinson M., McCaffrey Ken J. W., Phillips R., Cowie P., 2011, Surface faulting of the April 6, 2009, Mw 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake in Central Italy, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101 (4), August 2011, 1507-1530, doi: 10.1785/0120100140
Audemard M., F.A., Michetti, A.M., 2011, Geological Criteria for Evaluating Seismicity Revisited: Forty Years of Paleoseismic Investigations and the Natural Record of Past Earthquakes, Geological Society of America Special Paper 479, 1-22. ISBN 9780813724799
Agnon A., Amit R., Hough S., and Michetti, A.M., 2012, The Dead Sea Rift as a Natural Laboratory for Neotectonics and Paleoseismology, Isr. J. Earth Sci., 58, 3-4/2009-2010, 139–145, DOI: 10.1560/IJES.58.3-4.139 , © 2012 Science From Israel/ LPPLtd. 0021-2164/09
Faure Walker, J.P., Roberts, G.P., Cowie, P.A., Papanikolaou, I., Michetti, A.M., Sammonds, P., Wilkinson, M., McCaffrey, K.J.W., and Phillips, R.J., 2012, Relationship between topography, rates of extension and mantle dynamics in the actively-extending Italian Apennines, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 325-326 (2012), 76–84, DOI:10.1016/ j.epsl.2012.01.028
Wilkinson, M., K.J.W. McCaffrey, G.P. Roberts, P. A. Cowie, R.J. Phillips, M. Degasperi, E. Vittori, and A.M. Michetti, 2012, Distribution and Magnitude of Postseismic Deformation of the 2009 L’Aquila Earthquake (M6.3) Surface Rupture Measured Using Repeat Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Geophyiscal Journal International, 189, 911 – 922, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05418.x
Michetti A.M., Giardina F., Livio F., Mueller K., Serva L., Sileo G., Vittori E., Devoti R., Riguzzi F., Carcano C., Rogledi S., Bonadeo L., Brunamonte F., Fioraso G., 2012. Active compressional tectonics, Quaternary capable faults, and the seismic landscape of the Po Plain (N Italy). Annals of Geophysics, 55 (5), doi: 10.4401/ag-5462
Di Manna Pio, Guerrieri Luca, Piccardi Luigi, Vittori Eutizio ,Castaldini Doriano, Berlusconi Andrea, Bonadeo Livio, Comerci Valerio, Ferrario Francesca, Gambillara Roberto, Livio Franz, Lucarini Mauro, Michetti Alessandro Maria (2012), Ground effects induced by the 2012 seismic sequence in Emilia: implications for seismic hazard assessment in the Po Plain. Annals of Geophysics, 55 (4), 697-703, doi: 10.4401/ag-6143
2013-2016, Seismic and Volcanic Risk, and Emergency Management Planning; Safety and Environmental Engineering Graduate Course
2014-2015, Geological Siting of Critical Facilities; PhD Program in Environmental and Chemical Sciences
2009-2013, Geology and Lithology, Environmental Science Graduate Course
2000-2009, Holocene Morphogenesis and Stratigraphy, Environmental Science Graduate Course
2002-2009, Remote sensing and air photo interpretation, Environmental Science Master Course
2005-2011, Laboratory of Geology, Environmental Science Graduate Course
2009-2013, Geology of the Environment, Environmental Science Master Course