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Sabina Bigi is associate professor in structural geology and tectonics (GEO/03) at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Roma "La Sapienza" where she currently teaches the courses Seismic interpretation and 3D modelling and CO2 Geological storage . She is the head of the Tectonics and Fluid Chemistry Lab of the Earth Science Department where coordinates a group of researchers having a great experience in geochemical, structural geology and social science ( ). In 2017 she obtained the national scientific qualification full professor, in the sector 04-A2. She is fellow of the Geological Society of Italy, of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, and of the European association of geoscientists and engineers (EAGE). Since 2014, she is deeply involved in research coordination on geological storage of CO2, as member of the Executive Committee of CO2Geonet (, EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) and ENERG ( as representative of Sapienza University.
Teaching experience - Her teaching experience consists of courses of Seismic Interpretation since four AA (academic years), Geological Storage (since 4 AA), Structural Geology (for 11 AA), Geology (5 AA), Field Geological (Mapping) (5 AA), Brittle Structural Geology (11 AA), Tectonics and Geodynamics (5 AA) in the Earth Science Department, University of Rome La Sapienza, from 1990 to the present. She has been the supervisor of 6 PhD students. She is also Scientific Responsible and Administrative Coordinator for International Mobility for Earth and Science Department, Sapienza University. She taught in the international spring school of Latera (within the ENOS project, and in the Sulcis Summer school on 2018. She is the one of the promoters and teacher at the Scientific diving school of Panarea (2016-2018). She is the Director of the International Master on CO2Geological Storage organised by Sapienza and Zagreb Universities (
Research topics - Her main research interest is focused on brittle deformation, and comprises the studies of faults and fractures network, with application in the field of hydrocarbons exploration and geothermal exploration, CO2 geological storage and applied geology. She has skills on field structural geology, field map geology, seismic interpretation, fracture modelling. Faults studies were dedicated to the reconstruction of fault architecture and evolution, with particular attention to gas bearing and active faults. Fractures network studies were focused on fractures characterization in carbonates and on development of new fracture models for fluid flow simulation. She dedicated more than a decade (1990 - 2005) to the study of the Apennines geological evolution and, more in general to thrust tectonics studies and the interplay between tectonics and sedimentation in contractional settings. In particular, she studied the influence of pre-existing structure on the geometries and kinematic of an evolving fold-and-thrust-belt, such as the Apennines, but she also worked on other thrust belt as the Zagros Mountains (Iran) and the Andes (Argentina). She has experiences in field map geology, having worked as field geologist for the Geological Survey of Italy, at the realization of the national geological maps (CARG Project), scale 1:50.000. She also improved geological mapping activities testing and applying GIS application.
From 2006 she was member of the Chemical Fluid Lab, where she can study the control exerted by faults and fractures on fluid circulation, and the application on geological storage of CO2. In the following years she dedicated to the studies on interaction between faults architectures and fluid migration in collaboration with the geochemical group of the TFC Lab. From 2013 to 2017 she worked on the geological and geochemical characterization for a demo site in the Sulcis basin (Sardinia), funded by Energy Ministry and Sardinia Region. These studies will be the base for the development of the still ongoing Sotacarbo fault Lab experiments (partly funded by the European project ENOS, partly by the Sardinia region
Editorial activities She is editor of the Journal Pure and Applied Geophysics ; she was Guest Editor for the special volume The geology of Adriatic basin , n.42, Marine and Petroleum Geology.
Studied areas Dolomites (Eastern Alps), Apennines (Central, Northern, Southern), Zagros (Iran), Eastern Cordillera (NW Argentina), Tyrrhenian Sea, Aeolian and Pontine Islands.
Research activities
Since the end of her PhD in 1993, she collaborated as structural geologist in 20 international and national projects; starting from 2006 she coordinated or was involved as team leader in more than 12 national and international projects.
Grants obtained as PI or as team leader:
2010-2021 Project leader research project 3D reconstruction of Mt. Amiata geothermal system funded by Enel S.p.A.
2017-2020 Project Leader LIFE RESPIRE project Radon rEal time monitoring System and Proactive Indoor Remediation - LIFE16 ENV/IT/000553.
2016 2020 - Local leader (Tasks leader) Project ENOS (ENabling Onshore CO2 Storage in Europe) - Project ID: 653718. H2020-EU. - Develop competitive and environmentally safe technologies for CO2 capture, transport, storage and re-use.
2014-2017 Local coordinator and scientific responsible for the Italian Project Progetto Centro di Eccellenza sull Energia Pulita, Linea 2 Caratterizzazione del bacino del Sulcis per il confinamento della CO2 , funded by Italian Energy Ministry.
2017 Coordinator of Development of wireless soil gas monitoring station with 4 probes to measure CO2, temperature, pressure and soil humidity with remote data management and retrieval and optional extension to include CH4 measurement funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), UK.
2015 - 2016 - Coordinator and scientific responsible of the research collaboration project Infrastructures development within the ECCSEL Project in the Latera Caldera area and in the Panarea Island funded by OGS.
2015 Coordinator and scientific responsible of Research and application of new technological solutions for the detection of the content of dissolved CO2 in seawater funded by INGV-Palermo.
2015 Coordinator for the project Processi deformativi e circolazione di fluidi connessi con l'estensione in Appennino centrale funded by Sapienza University.
2013 Coordinator and scientific responsible of Soil gas survey for the road Trebisacce - Roseto Capo Spulico (Calabria) for Anas S.p.A.
2013 - PF7 Partner leader for EU research project EU _ Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems" (ECO2). CallFP7-ENERGY-2010-1. Project number: 265847. Start date: 01/03/2011.
2009-2011 Scientific responsible for the research project "Fluid flow simulation across faults and fracture: modelling and model development, calibration and validation funded by Schlumberger.
2007 - 2009 Local leader (coordinator Naples University) for the project S1- Seismogenic potential definition and seismic hazard. INGV-DPC
Participation to other research projects (EU, international and national) as structural geologist:
2018-2020 RETRACE 3D - seismic interpretation and 3D modelling.
2016-2017 - SEISMOFAULTS Project re-elaboration and interpretation of acquired data.
2010-2014 The COT fault system and the geothermal characterization (NW Argentina) Co. G. Giordano. Study of fracturing and geological survey of the Tocomar basin, Salta Province. Funded by MAE.
2010-2012 Geothermal systems in Jujuy and Salta provinces (NW Argentina). C. Prof. C. Invernizzi. Study on fracturing and structural setting of the area. Funded by CUIA
2010 e 2011 Darius Project - Control of Cambrian salt on the geometry and strain of fault-related anticlines in the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt". C. Prof. E. Carminati. Reconstruction of the geo-mechanical model of the structures analysed.
CNR- Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, funded by MAE (2010-2011), Italia-Cina joint program. CO2 geological storage: monitoring systems. Coord. Prof. G. Zuppi. Participation to geochemical and geological surveys.
CNR - 2010 - National Research Council of Italy Earth And Environment Department. "Acquisition of multichannel seismic reflection profiles in the central and southern Tyrrhenian Sea". Coord. Prof. C. Doglioni. Participation to the seismic acquisition cruise October 2010 - Southern Tyrrhenian Sea and Pontine Islands (15 days) on the URANIA ship; interpretation of the acquired data.
2010 CO2 Sub-seabed Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems (ECO2). Call FP7-ENERGY-2010-1. Project number: 265847. Start date: 01/03/2011. geological characterization of submarine sites.
2010 Pan-European coordination action on CO2 Geological Storage (CGS Europe) Call FP7-ENERGY-2010-1. Project number: 256725. Start date: 01/11/2010. construction of a research network
2010 Research into Impact and Safety in CO2 storage (RISCS) - Call FP7-ENERGY-2009-1: Project number 240837. Start date: 01/01/2010. fieldwork activities to define fault control on the circulation of fluids and leakage in areas considered "Natural Lab".
PF7 EU _ Research and Civil Society Dialogue towards a low-carbon society" (R&Dialogue).Call FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1. Project number: 288980. Start Date: 01/06/2012.
2009 - Latemar project, Eni, Resp. Prof. Carlo Doglioni. Modeling of fracturing at the edge of a carbonate platform" with reference to the natural analogue of the Latemar massif, Dolomites. fieldwork to acquire the fracturing data and their elaboration.
2004 2010 - CO2Geonet Joint Research Activities Project. JRAP 16 Work Package Geological models, heterogeneity database and scale relations . Geological static models
2004-2010 CO2Geonet _Joint Research Activities Project (2004 - 2010) JRAP 2 Work Package - Conceptual model of gas migration from leaking natural analogue. definition of the conceptual models of fluids migration through faults and fractures.
2000 2002 "Task Force Maiella" funded by Eni & NorskHydro. Geological map of the northern sector of the Maiella and structural analysis
1995 2000 - CARG Abruzzo regional geological cartography of sheets at 1: 50.000: L aquila, Torre de Passeri, Pescorocchiano, Tuscania. geological survey and notes.
Bibliometric indicators
She is Authors of 70 peer review papers (Scopus database from 1997), 14 technical reports, 8 field guide excursions, 6 geological maps and 4 maps of CARG project (other 20 before 1997 on Italian journals). According to the different database, the h index varies from 18 (Scopus) to 25 (Scholar). The most contributed topics from 2015 to 2020 regards CO2 geological storage (data from Scopus). The most cited article (154 on Scopus) presents a study performed in the Latera Caldera and the conceptual model of fluid migration through a fault.

Course Code Year Course - Attendance
Structural Geology 1022616 2021/2022 Geological Sciences
INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC PROFILES 1056175 2021/2022 Exploration Geology
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2021/2022 Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology
GEOLOGY I 1052090 2021/2022 Geological Sciences
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2020/2021 Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology
INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC PROFILES 1056175 2020/2021 Exploration Geology
Structural Geology 1022616 2020/2021 Geological Sciences
GEOLOGY I 1052090 2020/2021 Geological Sciences
INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC PROFILES 1056175 2019/2020 Exploration Geology
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2019/2020 Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology
Structural Geology 1022616 2019/2020 Geological Sciences
GEOLOGY I 1052090 2019/2020 Geological Sciences
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2018/2019 Engineering, Territory and Risk Geology
INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC PROFILES 1056175 2018/2019 Exploration Geology
Seismic Interpretation and 3D Modelling 1025212 2017/2018 Exploration Geology
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2017/2018 Engineering Geology, Land Use Management and Georisks
THE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE 1048093 2016/2017 Engineering Geology, Land Use Management and Georisks
Seismic Interpretation and 3D Modelling 1025212 2016/2017 Exploration Geology