• Organization
    Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia


  • Address
    address1:INGV-Osservatorio Etneo
    address2:Piazza Roma 2

  • Biography

    Sonia Calvari



    Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Osservatorio Etneo, Sezione di Catania, Piazza Roma n. 2, 95125 Catania (Italy), tel. +39 095 7165862, fax: +39 095 7165826, e-mail:


    Academic qualifications

    1999: Ph.D. at Lancaster University, Lancaster (United Kingdom);

    1985: B.Sc. (full marks cum laude) in Earth Sciences, Università degli Studi della Calabria, Cosenza (Italy).


    Current position

    2008-present: Dirigente di Ricerca (Research Director) at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo - Sezione di Catania.



    2007: Most Cited Author 2003-2007 Award by Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

    2001: Diploma and Medal from the Italian Department of Civil Defence for the work carried out during the 1991-1993 Etna eruptive crisis.

    1989: Diploma from the Minister of the Italian Civil Protection Nicola Capria for having actively contributed to the first simulation of a volcanic emergency and evacuation of the island of Vulcano, Italy.


    Research interests

    Volcanology and geology of volcanic settings; thermal imagery from ground and satellite applied to monitoring of basaltic eruptions; mitigation of eruptive events; hazard evaluation during volcanic crisis at basaltic volcanoes; dynamics of eruptive processes; mechanisms of emplacement of lava flows and growth of lava tubes; lava fountainings, strombolian activity and other explosive processes at basaltic volcanoes; geology, stratigraphy and geological mapping in volcanic environment; instability of volcanoes; sedimentology of volcaniclastic deposits.



    More than 100 published papers, 1 textbook for undergraduates, Editor of 2 Geophysical Monograph Series published by the American Geophysical Union in 2004 and 2008, 59 papers listed on Web of Knowledge Thomson Reuters (Hq-index 27) with more than 2000 citations. 3450 citations on Google Scholar, H-index 33, i-index 59. Scopus Author ID: 6603405369. Thomson Reuter Researcher ID: A-3465-2013. ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8189-5499. Loop profile: 128066.




    Bonaccorso A., Calvari S., Coltelli M., Del Negro C., Falsaperla S. (Editors) (2004) Mt. Etna: Volcano Laboratory. American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph v. 143, 2004, 350 pp., ISBN: 0-87590-408-4, ISSN: 0065-8448.

    Calvari S., Inguaggiato S., Puglisi G., Ripepe M. and Rosi M. (Editors), (2008) “THE STROMBOLI VOLCANO: An integrated study of the 2002-2003 Eruption”, American Geophysical Union Monograph Series, v. 182, 400 pp., ISBN 978-0-87590-447-4, ISSN: 0065-8448.         

    Calvari S., Liuzzo M. (1999) “Dentro i vulcani – Guida alle escursioni del IX Simposio Internazionale di Vulcanospeleologia”, Centro Speleologico Etneo, Catania 1999, 46 pp. Pap 41    

    Calvari S., Liuzzo M. (1999) “Inside Volcanoes – IXth International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology”, Catania 1999, 46 pp.          

    Tanner L.H. and Calvari S. (2012) Volcanoes: Windows on the Earth. Albuquerque, 2012, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, A Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, pp. 174, ISBN 978-0-615-66350-0.