Gianfranco Rana obtained a degree in physics from University of Bari, Bari, Italy, in 1983; M.S. degree in mechanics of fluids and micrometeorology from University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, Paris, France, in 1992; and a Ph.D. degree in agronomy from the National Institute of Agronomy of Paris, France, in 1999. He currently works as a Director of Research at CRA-SCA, Bari, Italy, since 2002. As an agrometeorologist, he is specialized in measuring agroclimatic parameters at field level; as micrometeorologist, he measured and modelled the energy exchanges between the soil-crop system and atmosphere. He applied these methods also in nonconventional fields (hill, crop subjected to arid and semiarid climates). Rana has considerable experience in modeling and validation of the soil water balance including instrumentation in the field. He participated in several international projects (JOUB-0036, AIR1-CT-920041, FAIR3-CT-1913, and FAIR-CT96-9584). He also coordinated the Italian research unit for the evaluation of water use in hilly terrain in the EU project STAMINA (QLRT-2001-01313). Rana has more than 140 scientific publications, 30% in international peer-reviewed scientific Journals. Recently he has served as a Coordinator of the SSA European Project WEMED (Contract no. 517620) and Unit Leader of 6th FP project MELIA.
Biography Updated on 5 January 2013