Present Position

Senior Researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) sezione di Napoli “Osservatorio Vesuviano”


Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia sezione di Napoli - Osservatorio Vesuviano. Via Diocleziano, 328. 80124 Napoli, Italy. Phone: +39 081 6108328.



Degree in  Physics , University of Naples "Federico II"

PhD in Geophysics and Volcanology, University of Naples "Federico II"


Position held

Senior Researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) sezione di Napoli “Osservatorio Vesuviano”, August 2003-  Responsible of the Seismology Group

Researcher at “Osservatorio Vesuviano”, July 1995

1991 – 1994. Doctoral Thesis at University of Naples "Federico II" Dept. of Geophysics and Volcanology on the topic “Seismic anisotropy in volcanic areas: an example at Mt. Etna” obtained on November 1995


Research activities

Wave field features of seismic signals in volcanic areas: polarization properties and interaction with anisotropic media.

Propagation parameters of seismic radiation in heterogeneous media: attenuation and scattering in volcanic and tectonic areas.

Seismic sources in volcanic areas.

Planning and realization of experiments for seismic parameters monitoring: permanent and temporary networks integration


Seismic risk and site response studies

Responsible of several international and national research projects on the previous topics



Responsible of the Seismology and Seismotectonic  Group of INGV – OV

Coordinator of the INGV activities regarding the Seismic Surveillance of the active volcanic areas in Italy since 2007.

Section  Editor of Annals of Geophysics for Seismology, Volcanology, Geochemistry and Geodesy.


Recent publications  (2013 – 2009) [Download for many of the listed papers is allowed at]

1.          Del Pezzo, E.,  Bianco F.; Castellano, M., Cusano, P., Galluzzo, D.,  La Rocca, M.,  Petrosino  , S.(2013).” Detection of seismic signals from background noise in the area of Campi Flegrei: limits of the present seismic monitoring” Seismological Research Letters (in press).

2.          Del Pezzo, E.,  Bianco F. (2013).” A reappraisal of seismic Q evaluated in Campi Flegrei caldera. Receipt for the application to risk analysis.” Journal of Seismology (in press).

3.          Mancilla, F., Del Pezzo, E., Stich, D., Morales, J., Ibanez, J., Bianco, F. (2012). “QP and QS in the upper mantle beneath the Iberian peninsul from recordings of the very deep Granada earthquake of April 11, 2010”. Geophys. Res.  Lett., vol. 39, L09303, doi:10.1029/2012GL050947.

4.          Zaccarelli, L., Bianco, F., Zaccarelli, R. (2012). “Splitting parameter yield (SPY): A program for semiautomatic analysis of shear wave splitting”. Computer & Geosciences, 40 138-145 doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.08.006.

5.          Pastori, M.,  Piccinini, D., Valoroso, L., Wuestefeld, A., Zaccarelli, L., Bianco, F.,  Kendall, M.,  Di Bucci, D., Margheriti, L. and Barchi M.R: (2012) “Crustal fracturing field and presence of fluid as revealed by seismic anisotropy: case history from seismogenic areas in the Apennines”. Bollettino di Geofisica teorica e applicata, Vol.53, 417 - 433.

6.          Maresca, R., Tardone, L., Pasquale, G., Pinto, F., Bianco, F. (2012). "Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Ground Motion Deduced from Ambient-Noise Measurements, in the Town of Avellino, Irpinia Region (Italy)". Pure and Applied Geophysics 169, 7, 1173 – 1188DOI 10.1007/s00024-011-0390-3

7.          Del Pezzo, E., Bianco, F., Marzorati, S., Augliera, P., D’Alema, E., Massa, M. (2011). “Depth dependent intrinsic and scattering seismic attenuation in North - Central Italy”. Geophys. Journ. Int. 186, 373 – 381. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05053.x

8.          De Siena, L., Del Pezzo, E., Bianco, F. (2011).  A scattering Image of Campi Flegrei from the Auto Correlation Functions of Velocity tomograms”.  Geophys. Journ. Int. vol 184, 3, 1304 – 1310, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04911.x

9.          F. Bianco, L. Zaccarelli, M. Castellano & G. Gargiulo (2010) “Complex wavelet transform: an application to retrieve shear wave splitting time behavior at Mt. Vesuvius” Bollettino di Geofisica teorica e applicata, 51, 2-3, 253 -263.

10.       Del Pezzo, E.,  Bianco, F. (2010) “Two-layer earth model corrections to the MLWA estimates of intrinsic and scattering attenuation obtained in a uniform half space” Geophys. Journ. Int. 182, 949–955  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04648.x

11.       Del Pezzo, E.,  Bianco, F. (2010) “MathLTWA: Multiple Lapse Time Window Analysis using Wolfram Mathematica7” . Computer & Geosciences , 36, 1388 – 1392.

12.       G. Badi, E. Del Pezzo, J.M. Ibanez, F. Bianco,  N. Sabbione,  and M.Araujo  (2009). Depth dependent seismic scattering attenuation in the Nuevo Cuyo region (southern central Andes). Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L24307, doi:10.1029/2009GL041081

13.       Galluzzo, D., E. Del Pezzo, M. La Rocca, M. Castellano, F. Bianco. (2009). Source scaling and site effects at the Vesuvius Volcano. Bull. Seismol. Soc. of Am. 99, 3, 1705 – 1719

14.       Castrucci M., Castellano M., Bianco F., Bestetti A., Angori E., Martufi G. and Landi G. (2009); Using WiMAX to improve volcano monitoring during an emergency: a feasibility study of the WEIRD System applied to the Campi Flegrei volcanic area scenario (Southern Italy). Seismological Research Letters; May 2009; v. 80; no. 3; p. 411-419; DOI: 10.1785/gssrl.80.3.411

15.       Zaccarelli, L., Pandolfi, D., Bianco, F., Saccorotti, G., Bean, C. J., Del Pezzo, E. (2009) Temporal Changes in seismic  wave propagation characteristics during the 2002 – 2003 Etna eruption.  Geophys. Journ. Int. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04219.x

16.       Del Pezzo, E., Bianco, F., Zaccarelli, L. (2009) Reply to comments on “Separation of Qi and Qs from passive data at Mt. Vesuvius: a reappraisal of the seismic attenuation estimates” by Ugalde, A. and CarcolŹ, E. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 173, 195 – 196.

17.       De Siena, L., Del Pezzo, E., Bianco, F., Tramelli A. (2009); Multiple resolution seismic attenuation imaging at Mt. Vesuvius. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 173, 17 – 32

18.       Bianco F. & Zaccarelli L. (2009) A reappraisal of shear wave splitting parameters from Italian active volcanic areas through a semiautomatic algorithm. J. Seism. , 13, 2, 253 – 266. Doi 10.1007/s10950-008-9125-z.