Dr Franco Marenco
Franco Marenco has led the Satellite Imagery Application Group since 2015.
The group Franco leads develops derived products for nowcasting imagery in the fields of cloud properties, the identification of convective systems, mineral dust, volcanic ash and sulphur dioxide. The imagery is directly available to forecasters in the Met Office Operations Centre; moreover, the products we generate feed directly into the data assimilation for the Global and UK versions of the Met Office Unified Model (MetUM), into our aviation nowcasting systems, and into the initialisation of the NAME dispersion model.
Franco has been a researcher at the following institutions, with a focus on remote sensing and atmospheric aerosols:
- The University of Rome "La Sapienza"
- The "Aristotle" University of Thessaloniki
- IFA-CNR (now ISAC-CNR)
- The Italian Space Agency
- The Observations Based Research section at the Met Office
- The Satellite Applications section at the Met Office