Massimo Cocco - Biography#

Massimo Cocco is Senior Seismologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and Senior Researcher at the Seismology and Tectonophysics Section, Roma 1.

His research interests are focused on the physics of earthquakes and faults. More specifically, his work deals with earthquake dynamics and fault interaction, seismic patterns and fault frictional properties. He is interested in both theoretical studies and observational researches. He has interests in all aspects of the mechanics of earthquake and faulting from observations of natural faults through geophysical and geological measurements to experimental faults at the laboratory scale.

His expertise also covers the management of seismic networks and monitoring research infrastructures and he is presently coordinating the Preparatory Phase of the largest EU funded Infrastructure project in the Earth Sciences - The EPOS: European Plate Observing System. Its mission is the long-term integration of research infrastructures for solid Earth Science (

Author of 110 papers on International Scientific Journals. H index = 34 He has presented more than 200 communications at scientific international meetings and has active or past editorial roles in Journal Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, Journal of Seismolgy, Annali di Geofisica (now Annals of Geophysics) and Geophysical Journal International.

The quality of his work is recognised by his role as president of the Committee for consolidator grants at the European Research council ERC (Earth System Sciences PE10).

He is a highly active leader of the earth sciences community in Europe and internationally and serves on numerous European and National commissions - notably: the Scientific Council of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica; Research Framework Program of the National Group of Volcanology (GNV); Scientific Board of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM); Scientific Council of the European; Commission of the Italian Civil Protection for the proposition of the Coordinated Research Framework Program of the Gruppo Nazionale Difesa dai Terremoti (GNDT).

Massimo Cocco has been included by ScienceDirect within the top 10 most cited scientists in 2010 for Earthquake Science.

Massimo Cocco is one of the leading lights of European seismology and in particular in operational observing systems.
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