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Prof. Nadia Pinardi

University of Bologna, Italy

About the speaker:

Dr. Nadia Pinardi holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University, and she is a full professor of Oceanography at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bologna University. Her major achievement is the conceptual design and practical implementation of ocean forecasting systems across the world's open ocean and coastal areas. From 2012 to 2019, she was Co-president of the Joint Committee for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of UNESCO-IOC and WMO. Since 2019, she is the elected Vice-president of Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (Infrastructure Commission) of WMO. She is Chair of the UN Decade for Ocean Science Program “CoastPredict” and Director of the UN Decade Collaborative Center for Coastal Resilience hosted by the University of Bologna.

Prof. Pinardi's Webpage: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/nadia.pinardi/en

About keynote speech:
Operational oceanography and Digital Twins of the Ocean: bridging the gap between science and society

Nadia Pinardi1,2, Lorenzo Mentaschi3, Ivan Federico2, Jacopo Alessandri3, Francesco Maicu2, Andrea Valentini1

1. Decade Collaborative Center for Coastal Resilience, University of Bologna, IT
2. Centro EuroMediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Lecce, IT
3. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, IT


Operational oceanography and Digital Twins of the Ocean present a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the oceanographic scientific community and society. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and the latest scientific research for monitoring and forecasting, we can gain a deeper understanding of the intricate and interconnected systems of our oceans. This knowledge can help us make better-informed decisions regarding how we interact with our oceans, which in turn can aid in their preservation for future generations. Such decisions can include matters related to sustainability, marine conservation, resource management, and more.

In this regard, we will showcase three Digital Twins results that aim to solve management problems and increase coastal resilience. These include the Coastal Eutrophication Digital Twin (Mussap et al., 2017), the Clam Farming Digital Twin (Maicu et al., 2021), and the Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Wave Extremes (Umesh et al., 2022).

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