CU1 focuses on different biological, chemical, geological, physical, mathematical and environmental aspects of climate change and sustainability. The impacts and risks of climate change, including extreme events, will also be investigated. The candidates will study key processes and scale interactions related to the atmosphere, oceans, the land surface and the sub-surface, and the cryosphere which determine the Earth’s climate.

Key topics


Climate and paleo-climate


Environmental risks and impacts


Physical and chemical processes


Numerical modelling


Greenhouse gas emissions


Probability approaches and extremes

Mission & Vision

The PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change combines the skills of the best Italian universities, creating an interuniversity and multidisciplinary educational roadmap.

An original PhD program that combines the experience and knowledge of professors from different fields of study with the skills of the students. The final aim is to define tools and methods to promote the ability of future generations to understand the evolution of the climate, as well as to design and implement new solutions for a sustainable society in all its aspects.

We want to instill knowledge and bring forth talents capable of contributing, with their own ideas, to the creation of a just and innovative society, in total harmony with the planet.


Introduction to Meteorology and Climatology

Chemical-physical methods for atmospheric chemistry and astrochemistry

The course deals with the theoretical-computational approaches for the prediction of the spectroscopic properties and reaction mechanisms of molecular systems of interest in environmental chemistry

“River Basin Modelling: forecasting and prediction”

Understand the foundations of hydrological modelling at river basin scale

Tropical meteorology and climate

Examine tropical atmospheric circulations that induce variations in tropical weather and climate from daily to climatic timescales, starting from the large-scale energy balance and moving down to cumulus convection.

Numerical modeling of weather and climate

Focus on climate and meteorological models, introducing specific relevant topics for the different types of models, including parameterizations, initial and boundary conditions and ensemble modelling.

Drones in Geographical Applications

Ultra-high spatial resolution imagery from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), coupled with the latest advances in image processing algorithms



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