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Manuel Bensi

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Manuel Bensi, PhD (2012), oceanographer with extensive experience in ocean data acquisition and analysis. His scientific activity focuses on thermohaline deep sea circulation, dense water formation processes, and climate change in the Mediterranean Sea and Polar regions. Member of the Italian scientific commission for Antarctica, He is author and co-author in more than 70 scientific publications, including articles in ISI journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Since 2003 he has participated in more than 25 oceanographic cruises (in the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic and Arctic Ocean). Coordinator and task leader in several national and international projects. Supervisor of doctoral students, he constantly participates in scientific dissemination activities.  He serves as reviewer and guest editor for several ISI journals. He speaks 3 languages (Italian, English, Portuguese).


Skills & Interests: 

Thermohaline circulation; Mediterranean Sea; Polar Science; Deep Water Formation; Cascading Events; Long-term variability; Climate changes; Experimental Oceanography


Major projects: 

2018-2019 The Adriatic-Ionian Bimodal Oscillating System: the Coriolis Rotating platform Experiment

2017-2019 SOA - Spitsbergen Oceanic and Atmospheric interaction (SIOS pilot project). [Principal Investigator]

2016-2018 DEFROST - DEep Flow Regime Off SpiTsbergen (PNRA 2014). [Principal Investigator]

2013-2017 FIXO3 - Fixed-point open ocean observatories


2009-2011 EUROSITES – European Ocean Observatory Network.
2008-2009 SESAME - Southern European Seas. Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem changes.
2008-2009 VECTOR- VulnErabilità delle Coste e degli ecosistemi marini italiani ai cambiamenti climaTici e loro ruolO nei cicli del caRbonio mediterraneo. Italy.
2008-2010 ADRICOSM-STAR Integrated coastal zone management system in the Adriatic Sea.
2006 “Monitoramento ambiental do Campo de Golfinho - Bacia do Espírito Santo” (Petrobrás /FCPC / Labomar-UFC)”. Oceanographic cruise in the offshore area of oil-plants in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil.
2006 “Programa de monitoramento do sistema de descarga de efluentes da USINA termoelétrica – Complexo Industrial e Portuário do Pecém–Estado do Ceará. RelatóriodeAtividades”.Contribution: current measurements with vessel mounted ADCP in the area of Pecém Harbour. Ceará, Brazil.
2005 Environmental monitoring of the marine coastal Area of Fortaleza. Contribution: current measurements with vessel mounted ADCP. Cearà, Brazil.
2005 “Levantamentos e Avaliações Ambientais Iniciais do Complexo Industrial e Portuário do Pecém”. Contribution: bottom sediment sample collection in the area of Pecém harbor, Brazil.
2004-2005 “ZEE do Estado do Ceará (Zoneamento Ecológico Económico)”. Contribution: Study about the coastal dynamics along the Cearà coast. Fortaleza, Brazil.
2004 “Capacidade de suporte e vulnerabilidade ambiental das bacias inferiores dos rios do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte”. Project related with environmental monitoring of fishing culture activity in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Spoken languages: 
Italian, English, Portugues