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Prof. Jacopo Selva of the University of Naples Federico II, former researcher at INGV, received the prestigious PLINIUS Medal of the EGU for his interdisciplinary research on natural risks

Professor Jacopo Selva, professor at the University of Naples Federico II, former researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), was awarded the prestigious PLINIUS medal of the European Geosciences Union, the recognition, established by the Natural Risks division of the EGU which celebrates the interdisciplinary research on natural hazards. 

Jacopo Selva, with a doctorate in geophysics from the University of Bologna, has conducted innovative studies on natural risks, focusing on tsunamis and volcanic activities.

For almost twenty years, from 2005 to 2022, he conducted his research at the INGV, in which he was national manager of the "Eruptive Dynamics and Scenarios" activity of the Volcanoes Department and member of the Steering Committee of the Tsunami Warning Center (INGV-CAT). In his study activity dealt, in particular, of methods for the probabilistic prediction of volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and for the quantification of the significant uncertainties that characterize these estimates. 

“At INGV, I was involved in volcanic hazard studies of Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, Ischia and Vulcano, as well as seismic and tsunami hazards of seismic and volcanic origin, developing an interdisciplinary path that is now fundamental for the study of risks from natural events”.

The award ceremony took place in Vienna on 17 April in the presence of the president of the Natural Risks division of the European Geophysical Union, Heidi Kreibich.

Award ceremony by Prof Jacopo Selva

Photo - The award ceremony of Prof. Jacopo Selva