Salvatore Pascale is Junior Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Bologna. He is also Junior Assistant Professor of Climate Dynamics and Climate Change at the Bologna Business School, where he teaches “Introduction to Climate Change” for the Sustainability Transition Management master. His research activity focuses on understanding the impact of climate change and variability on weather and climate extreme events, with a particular emphasis on climate dynamics, monsoons and mediterranean climates.
In his research, he combines observations, statistical techniques, and comprehensive and idealized climate models. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Ph.D. in Meteorology awarded by the University of Reading, UK. Before joining the University of Bologna and the Bologna Business School, he was research fellow at the Hamburg University, Germany (2011-2014), the California Institute of Technology (2015-2017), associate research scholar at Princeton University and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (2017-2019) and research scientist at Stanford University (2019-2021).
Human-caused climate change is one of the most serious issue of our time and it portends
unprecedented environmental changes for our societies and future generations. Terms like “global
warming”, “climate change” or “greenhouse effect” are nowadays commonly used by non-specialists,
although this is often done without a clear understanding of the science behind them. Understanding
the science of human-caused climate change is essential to understand the economic, political and
moral dimension of it, and ultimately to tackle it. The objective of this course is to explain the basics of
the climate change science in a concise yet rigorous way, providing the scientific knowledge which
underlies all aspect of the human-induced climate change problem.