Mr Diego Bruciaferri

Mr Diego Bruciaferri

Teaching and Support Assistant

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (NC)


Ph.D.  Researcher

  • Research project:    Numerical modelling of shelf seas
  • Supervisors:   Prof. Georgy I. Shapiro (DoS), Prof. Tal Ezer, Dr. Fred Wobus

Scientific responsible of  EMODnet - Black Sea Checkpoint - Challenge 5 - Coast
  • Challenge leader: Prof. G. I. Shapiro   (


MSc Environmental Sciences - University of Bologna, 2014 [magna cum laude] 
  • Thesis: Study of a wind-wave numerical model and its integration with an ocean and  an oil-spill numerical models
  • Supervisors: Prof. Nadia Pinardi, Dr. Michela De Dominicis

BSc Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography - Polytechnic of Marche, 2011
  • Thesis: Implementation of an ocean numerical model to study the dispersion dynamics, in the marine environment, of a cooled and chlorinated seawater discharge coming from a LNG-FSRU terminal
  • Supervisor: Dr. Aniello Russo    

Teaching interests

Teaching assistant for:

BSc,  Shelf Seas and Estuaries (Module leader: Prof. G. I. Shapiro) - 2017
BSc,  Introduction to Ocean Modelling (Module leader: Prof. G. I. Shapiro) - 2017
MSc, Modelling Marine Processes (Module teacher: Prof. G. I. Shapiro) -2017

Research interests

My research in Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics mainly focusses on the ocean dynamics arising from the interplay between the atmosphere and the ocean surface. Of particular interest to me is the upper ocean mixed layer and how to properly represent its physics in ocean general circulation models. My current PhD research project involves the numerical modelling of shelf seas.

Other research

During my MSc and research assistant positions at the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) I worked on the implementation and coupling of Eulerian ocean and waves numerical models as well as the development and improvement of Lagrangian passive and active tracer models. 

Refereed Journals:

  • Bruciaferri, D., Shapiro, G.I. & Wobus, F.  A multi-envelope vertical coordinate system for numerical ocean modelling. Ocean Dynamics (2018).
  • M. De Dominicis, D. Bruciaferri, R. Gerin, N. Pinardi, P.M. Poulain, P. Garreau, G. Zodiatis, L. Perivoliotis, L. Fazioli, R. Sorgente, C. Manganiello, A multi-model assessment of the impact of currents, waves and wind in modelling surface drifters and oil spill, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, Volume 133, 2016, Pages 21-38, ISSN 0967-0645,
  • F. Trotta, E. Fenu, N. Pinardi, D. Bruciaferri, L. Giacomelli, I. Federico, G. Coppini, A Structured and Unstructured grid Relocatable ocean platform for Forecasting (SURF), Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, Volume 133, 2016, Pages 54-75, ISSN 0967-0645,
  • G. Zodiatis, M. De Dominicis, L. Perivoliotis, H. Radhakrishnan, E. Georgoudis, M. Sotillo, R.W. Lardner, G. Krokos, D. Bruciaferri, E. Clementi, A. Guarnieri, A. Ribotti, A. Drago, E. Bourma, E. Padorno, P. Daniel, G. Gonzalez, C. Chazot, V. Gouriou, X. Kremer, S. Sofianos, J. Tintore, P. Garreau, N. Pinardi, G. Coppini, R. Lecci, A. Pisano, R. Sorgente, L. Fazioli, D. Soloviev, S. Stylianou, A. Nikolaidis, X. Panayidou, A. Karaolia, A. Gauci, A. Marcati, L. Caiazzo, M. Mancini, The Mediterranean Decision Support System for Marine Safety dedicated to oil slicks predictions, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, Volume 133, November 2016, Pages 4-20, ISSN 0967-0645,


  • G. I. Shapiro, R. Manasrah, I. Gertman and D. Bruciaferri. The effect of different types of water column structure on the sea level in the Dead Sea. Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol. 20, EGU2018-19780, April 2018.
  • D. Bruciaferri, G. I. Shapiro and F. Wobus (2018), ,An Advanced Vertical Coordinate System to Improve the Representation of the Oceanic Transport in Regional Non-Isopycnal Ocean Models. Abstract 310863 presented at 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, 12-16 Feb.
  • D. Bruciaferri, G. I. Shapiro and F. Wobus, The development of an advanced vertical discretisation scheme for a regional ocean model. Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol. 19, EGU2017-7276, April 2017.
  • D. Bruciaferri, G. I. Shapiro, F. Wobus, A coupled ocean-wave modeling system to investigate the role of the wave-induced turbulence on the Cold Intermediate Water formation in the Black Sea - The scientific approach, NPOP conference, Bristol (UK), April 2016 (poster).
  • M. De Dominicis, N. Pinardi, D. Bruciaferri, S. Liubartseva, Numerical modelling for real-time forecasting of marine oil pollution and hazard assessment, EGU assembly 2015.

Technical Reports:

  • D. Bruciaferri and the MEDSLIK-II System Team, 2016. MEDSLIK-II, Lagrangian marine surface oil spill model, User Manual, Version 1.02, 2015,
  • B. B. Romain, P. A. Bouttier, C. Bricaud, D. Bruciaferri, J. Chanut, S. A. Ciliberti, E. Clementi, A. Coward, D. Delrosso, C. Ethé, S. Flavoni, T. Graham, J. Harle, D. Iovino, D. Lea, C. Lévy, T. Lovato, G. Madec, N. Martin, S. Masson, P. Mathiot, S. Mocavero, G. Nurser, E. O’Dea, J. Paul, C. Rousset, D. Storkey, A. Storto, 2016, Main achievements for NEMO evolution during MyOcean period, Mercator Ocean Journal, 54