Federica Pacifico

Federica works on modelling biogenic isoprene emissions in order to investigate their feedbacks with atmospheric chemistry and climate.

Current activities

Federica is a research scientist working on biogenic isoprene emissions modelling. The aim of her work is to identify and quantify the feedbacks between biogenic isoprene emissions, atmospheric chemistry and climate. This is also the subject of her PhD research with the University of Bristol. Federica has implemented a process-based isoprene emission scheme (Arneth et al., 2007, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 31-53) into the JULES land surface model. Off-line isoprene simulations with JULES have been used to evaluate the model with canopy level isoprene flux measurements from different locations. Also satellite-derived isoprene emission estimates will be used to test spatial variability in modelled isoprene emission. The same isoprene emission scheme has then been implemented into the Met Office's Earth System model HadGEM2-ES to look at biosphere-atmosphere interactions.

Career background

Federica completed her degree in Physics at the University of Milan, Italy, in 2005. Her undergraduate studies include Meteorology, Micrometeorology, Air Quality and Climate. She spent some time working in environmental health, in particular electrosmog and air quality, at ARPA Lombardia, Varese and GALILEO AMBIENTE, Milano, Italia in 2006.

She worked on high resolution meteorological modelling to forecast extreme events in the Mediterranean area at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), Bologna, Italia in 2007.

Last updated: 4 April 2014

About Federica Pacifico

Federica Pacifico

Federica works on modelling biogenic isoprene emissions.

Areas of expertise:

  • biogenic isoprene emission modelling;

  • biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) modelling.