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Dr. Adrian Tompkins
Dr. Filippo Giorgi
Current Position: 

PostDoctoral Researcher, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

Scientific Activity: 

Flood risk maps estimation - Extreme events analysis


I implemented and evaluated a new parameterization scheme for stratiform cloud microphysics and precipitation within the regional climate model RegCM4. This new parameterization is based on a multiple phase one-moment cloud microphysics scheme built upon the implicit numerical framework recently developed and implemented into the ECMWF operational forecasting model. The parameterization solves 5 prognostic equations for water vapour, cloud liquid water, rain, cloud ice and snow mixing ratios. Compared to the pre-existing scheme, it allows a proper treatment of mixed-phase clouds and a more physically realistic representation of cloud miscrophysics and precipitation. Various fields from a 10-yr-long integration of RegCM4 run in tropical band mode with the new scheme are compared with their counterparts using the previous cloud scheme as well as with satellite observations through the use of the COSP simulator. The new microphysics parameterization yields an improved simulation of cloud fields and in particular it removes the overestimation of upper level clouds characteristics of the previous scheme, increasing the agreement with observations and leading to an amelioration of a long-standing problem in the RegCM system. The vertical cloud profile produced by the new scheme leads to a considerably improvement of the representation of the longwave and shortwave components of the cloud radiative forcing.



Organizer of the “Geoscience communication school”, April 2016, with the collaboration of island of meetings (iom) and support of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), of the European Geosciences Union and the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana.



2011-2015  Doctorate School in Environmental and Industrial Fluid Mechanics, University of Trieste- The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Miramare (Trieste). Thesis's title: A numerical framework for multiple phase cloud microphysics in regional and global atmospheric models. Supervisor: Dr. A. M. Tompkins.


2009-2011 Assistant in Training , Faculty of Geosciences Astronomy and Geophysics, Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Vienna. Theoretical Meteorology Group, teacher in Theoretical Meteorology courses, Vienna (Austria).


2006-2008 University of Trieste, Faculty of Physics. Master of Science Graduation. 2009-2011 University of Vienna, Department of Meteorology and Geophysics. Assistant in Training in the Theoretical Meteorology Group.

  • Nogherotto R, Coppola E, Giorgi F, Mariotti L. 2013. Impact of Congo Basin deforestation on the African monsoon. Atmospheric Science Letters DOI: 10.1002/asl.416.
  • Nogherotto, R, et al. "Numerical framework and performance of the new multiple-phase cloud microphysics scheme in RegCM4. 5: precipitation, cloud microphysics, and cloud radiative effects." Geoscientific Model Development 9.7 (2016): 2533-25.

  • Sitz L., R. Farneti, F. Di Sante, R. Fuentes, U. Turuncoglu, M. Barreiro, G. Sannino, R. Nogherotto, L. Mariotti, M. Reale, E. Coppola and F. Giorgi:

    Description and evaluation of the Earth System Regional Climate Model (RegCM-ES), Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems

  • R. Biondi and R. Nogherotto, “(Geo)Science communication school, a preliminary test for training young generations to communicate science” (in preparation).


  • NCAR-NCAS WRF Workshop and Tutorial, 27 Sep - 03 Oct 2009, Cambridge UK
  • Nogherotto, R., Coppola, E., Giorgi, F., Mariotti, L., 2010: Impact of landuse and albedo change on the Western African Monsoon circulation by means of a deforestation in the Congo Basin. Oral presentation. EGU General Assembly 2010 Vienna ;
  • Nogherotto, R., Grubišić, V., Rasmussen, R. M. and the Rasmussen Team., 2010: Precipitation efficiency of the Colorado mountains under warmed climate. Poster. AMS 2010, Lake Tahoe, California ;
  • Nogherotto, R., Grubišić, V., Rasmussen, R. M. and the Rasmussen Team, 2010: Precipitation efficiency of the Colorado mountains under warmed climate. Poster. EMS 2010, Zurich, Switzerland ;
  • Atmospheric Water Vapour in the Climate System (WAVACS) COST winter school, Venezia February 2011
  • Nogherotto, R., Grubišić, V., and the NCAR Team, 2011. Drying Ratio of the Colorado Mountains under Climate Change Conditions, Poster Presentation, EGU General Assembly 2011.
  • Nogherotto, R., Tompkins, A.M., Giorgi, F., Coppola, E., The new microphysic cloud scheme implemented in RegCM4, Poster Presentation, EGU General Assembly 2012.
  • Nogherotto, R., Tompkins, A.M., New microphysics scheme, Sixth ICTP Workshop on the Theory and Use of Regional Climate Models, ICTP, May 2012
  • Trude Eidhammer, Vanda Grubisic, Kyoko Ikeda, Rita Nogherotto, Roy Rasmussen 2012: Air mass transformation in the Rocky Mountain Region; the present and future climate. AGU General Assembly San Francisco.
  • Workshop on Parameterization of Clouds and Precipitation across Model Resolutions, November 2012 ECMWF (Reading, UK)