Riccardo Farneti

Permanent Scientific Staff
Research Scientist/Coordinator Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Earth System Physics
Riccardo Farneti
+39 040 2240 307
Riccardo Farneti is a physical oceanographer interested in the role of the ocean in climate variability, predictability and change.

Riccardo Farneti got his PhD in physical oceanography at University of Southampton / National Oceanography Centre, UK under the supervision of Peter Killworth. He then moved to Princeton University / GFDL, NOAA and he is now a Research Scientist in the Earth System Physics section of ICTP.

For his research, he uses and develops a suite of ocean and coupled climate models, from global to regional. His research spans a broad range of topics including Southern Ocean physics and dynamics, Atlantic Ocean interannual to decadal variability, Pacific decadal variability and regional dynamics of the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean.

Since 2015, he coordinates the Earth System Physics Diploma Programme, where he teaches Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Physics and Dynamics of the Ocean. He is also a member of the Academic Board of the PhD Program in Earth Science, Fluid Dynamics and Mathematics at the University of Trieste.

Since at ICTP, he co-organized around 20 Workshops and Schools both in Trieste and abroad, including Ecuador, India, Argentina, Turkey, Guatemala and Ghana.

Between 2018-2020 he served as co-Chair of the WCRP CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Regional Panel. Since 2021 he serves as Topical Editor for the EGU Journal Geoscientific Model Development (GMD).


Some Recent Research Interests

Southern Ocean Dynamics

The Southern Ocean Freshwater release model experiments Initiative (SOFIA) aims to improve our understanding of the simulated response to Antarctic freshwater input, and in particular the model uncertainty.

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Tropical Atlantic and EBUS

SST bias
Farneti et al. (2022)


Tropical Pacific Circulation and Variability

Farneti et al. (2014)













Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and Variability

FArneti (2017)
Farneti (2017)