Rita is a scientist holding a M.Sc. degree in “Marine Environmental Sciences and Oceanography” from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, and a Ph.D. degree in “Science and management of climate change” from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
She works on the development of services for operational products uptake from different communities, from coast guards to private companies.
She is the Service Manager of the CMEMS Mediterranean and Black Sea Monitoring and Forecasting Centers.
She has been involved as Scientific Responsible or Project Manager in a multitude of international projects such as Blue Cloud, EMOD-PACE, EMODnet MedSea Checkpoint , EUCISE2020, AMAre, ETC/ICM, DeFishGear.
Since 2014, she is a lecturer in “Applications and Services in Operational Oceanography” at University of Malta for the Master of Science in Applied Oceanography.
She joined to different oceanographic research cruises in order to collect and analyze marine observational data.
Currently at CMCC, she is the deputy director of the Ocean Predictions and Applications (OPA) Division and the responsible of the Operational Prediction Group.
- Generalized additive models for Risso's dolphin group size estimation in the Gulf of Taranto (Northern Ionian Sea, Central-eastern Mediterranean Sea)
- Preliminary study on monitoring the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) using satellite tracking in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
- The Black Sea Physics Analysis and Forecasting System within the Framework of the Copernicus Marine Service
- A High Resolution Reanalysis for the Mediterranean Sea
- The Copernicus Marine Service from 2015 to 2021: six years of achievements
- Climate Signals in the Black Sea From a Multidecadal Eddy-Resolving Reanalysis
- Monitoring and Forecasting the Ocean State and Biogeochemical Processes in the Black Sea: Recent Developments in the Copernicus Marine Service
- Observational evidence of the basin-wide gyre reversal in the Gulf of Taranto
- Model-based reconstruction of the Ulysse-Virginia oil spill, October–November 2018
- Black Sea Observing System