Earth System Physics



Filippo Giorgi

Head, Earth System Physics

+39 040 2240 425

Old SISSA Bldg. Room 254

research interests

  • anthropogenic climate change and natural climate variability from the global to the regional scale
  • regional and global climate modeling
  • extreme events
  • chemistry/aerosol-climate interactions
  • biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • climate change impacts (hydrology, agriculture, health, energy)


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Filippo Giorgi obtained a Laurea in Physics from the University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy in 1982 and a PhD from the School of Geophysical Sciences of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1986. From 1986 to 1998 he was a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Since 1998 he has been at ICTP, where he is the head of the Earth System Physics (ESP) section.

Giorgi is an international expert in climate modeling and climate change research. He pioneered the field of regional climate modeling and leads an ICTP team that develops and maintains the RegCM regional model system, which is used by a large scientific community worldwide. Giorgi authored or co-authored over 300 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has an H-Index exceeding 75 based on the ISI web of science (and exceeding 100 based on Google Scholar citations), and is included in the 2001 ISI list of most highly cited scientists in the geosciences (which places him in the top 0.1% of this category).

Giorgi has supervised over 50 senior and junior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, long term visiting scientists, PhD and Ms students, and has been PI or co-PI of over 25 research grants in Europe and the USA. Giorgi contributed to all 5 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to date, and in particular from 2002 to 2008 was one of the vice chairs of Working Group I of the IPCC, which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a member of the WMO/ICSU/IOC Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), which supervises the research activities of WCRP.