Erika Coppola received the Laurea degree in Physics (1998) from the University of L’Aquila, and the PhD degree (2004) in Meteorology from the University of Reading, UK. From 2002 to 2006 she joined the CETEMPS centre of excellence of the University of L'Aquila as a post-doc. She is currently research scientist in ICTP, ESP section, which she joined in September 2006. Her PhD research involved passive remote sensing of the atmosphere from space-borne platforms, with a particular focus on precipitation.
She is working in regional climate modelling in particular she is leading the high resolution (convection permitting resolution) model development and coordinating the hydrological model research activity and development of CHyM hydrological model. In particular the coupling of the hydrological model with regional climate model (RegCM) for land-use impact studies and climate change impact on future water resources.
She contributed as a lead author to the IPCC AR6 WGI to coordinate the assessment of regional climate information across all continents and contribute to the development of an updated IPCC risk assessment framework. Her current research activity is focusing on the climate change impact on hazards at the regional scale by mean of regional climate models and hydroclimate models. She is interested in land-atmosphere interactions; monsoon climate; regional hydrological cycle; climate extremes; climate variability and change; flood risk estimation.