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Fausto Guzzetti is a senior research scientist for the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). Since December 2011 he is Director of the Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica (IRPI). From September 2009 to November 2011 he was deputy Director of CNR IRPI.

From April 2009 to May 2010 he was responsible of the Gruppo Nazionale per la Difesa dalle Catastrofi Idrogeologiche (GNDCI) of CNR. Since February 2012, he is a member of the High Risks Committee that advices the Italian Prime Minister.

Guzzetti graduated in Geology from the University of Perugia (1983) with a thesis on the structural geology of the central Apennines, and obtained a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn (2006) with a thesis on Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessment. Form 1985 to 1986 he was a visiting scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, USA, where he prepared small scale landslide inventory maps under the supervision of Dr. Earl E. Brabb.

From 1992 to 2002 he coordinated the CNR GNDCI AVI project, producing the largest organized collection of information on historical landslide and flood events in Italy. He has participated to a number of European research projects, including Damocles, E2-C2, Eurorisk-Preview and RiskAware. He was the PI of the MORFEO project, of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for he exploitation of remote sensing data and technologies for landslide identification and mapping, for landslide monitoring and forecasting. He was the PI of the FP7 project DORIS: Ground Deformations Risk Scenarios: an Advanced Assessment Service, and he is the PI of the FP7 project LAMPRE: Landslide Modelling and tools for vulnerability assessment Preparedness and Recovery management. For the Italian National Department for Civil protection (DPC) he coordinates a project for the design and the implementation of a national-scale landslide early warning system, and for the evaluation of landslide risk in Italy.

Guzzetti has worked on different research topics in geomorphology, applied geology, geology and geo-information science, including: (1) landslide detection and mapping e mappatura delle frane, (2) analysis of landslide types and patterns, (3) landslide susceptibility and hazard modelling and zonation, (4) temporal forecasting of landslides, (5) analysis of landslide size, (6) collection and use of information on historical landslides and floods, and its use for risk assessment, (7) landslide vulnerability assessment, (8) definition and mapping of landslide risk, (9) hydrological and rainfall thresholds for landslide initiation, (10) landslide early warning systems, (11) remote sensing techniques for landslide detection, mapping, monitoring, and forecasting , (12) GIS, Web-GIS, DBMS technologies for geological applications, and (13) dissemination.

He is the author and co-author of more than 80 papers in international journals, ten book chapters, more than 50 papers in the proceedings of international and national conferences, 10 thematic maps, and more than 180 oral and poster communications at national and a international conferences and congresses. He guest.edited eight special issued of international journals.

A founding member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), for five years he was president of the EGU Natural Hazards Division and he is an Executive editor for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences of the EGU. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award of the International Landslide Research Group, and in 2008 he was awarded the Union Service Award of the European Geosciences Union.