GEO Mountains Co-Lead
University of Turin & CNR



Elisa Palazzi received her Laurea degree in Physics in 2003 and her PhD in Atmospheric Physics with a focus on Physical Modelling for Environmental Protection in 2008, both from the University of Bologna.

She is Professor at the University of Turin, where she has been teaching Physics of Climate since 2013, and also has affiliation with the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISAC). 

As well as being one of the GEO Mountains Co-Leads, Elisa is co-coordinator of the Collaborative Programme 'Changes in the Hydrological Cycle' of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA), and is the reference person for Italy for the Collaborative Research Action 'Mountains as Sentinels of Change' of the Belmont Forum.

She has significant experience in science popularization addressed to students and to the general public through laboratory activities, seminars, and public conferences. She is co-author of an Italian book for children on climate and climate change entitled 'Perchè la Terra ha la Febbre?' ('Why Does the Earth Have a Fever?'), published in 2019.

Research Interests

Keywords: Mountain ecosystems, climate change, EDW, climate extremes, climate models, uncertainties, downscaling

Elisa works on the study of the climate system and Earth-System processes, with a special focus on the current and future evolution of the water cycle in mountain regions, in particular in the Italian Alps and in the Karakoram-Himalayas in Asia. Her research interests include the study of precipitation, snow, water resources and of elevation-dependent warming. The main objective of her studies is to understand how the mountain ecosystems might change under different climate change scenarios and what the consequences for downstream societies could be. Her activities are performed in collaboration with hydrological, impact, and assessment modellers, and within several national and international initiatives, including EU projects under the H2020 programme.

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