Multi multa scinut, nemo – omnia – “Many people know a lot, but no one knows everything.”
Graduated the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” (ital.: Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”), specialized in Biophysics.
Led research projects on greenhouse gas flows in Europe, Africa, and the United States with a total budget of more than 50 million euros: EURASIA-NET, CARBOEUROFLUX, CARBOEUROPE, CARBOAFRICA, CLIMAFRICA. In late 90's, became one of the initiators of the global monitoring network FLUXNET, whose data is still the basis for forecasting climate change on the planet.
One of the founders of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC) – the largest center for applied research in Western and southern Europe in the field of ecosystem adaptation to global changes.
Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as part of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) for the work on assessing the risk of global climate change caused by technogenic factors and developing measures for their possible prevention.
The recipient of a megagrant of the RF government for a project on climate change research in the far Eastern region.
Chairman of Committee on science and technology in the countries of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, (UNCCD), and also Chairman of Global Terrestrial Observing System Program, (GTOS), whose authors are Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO), World Meteorological Organization, (WMO),United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), International Council for Science, (ICSU) and United Nations Environment Programme, (UNEP).
The member of regional Parliament of administrative region of Lazio, Italy.
The laureate of the highest award of European Environment Federation (EEF) – Ernst Haeckel award and medal. Awarded for the outstanding contribution to the study of carbon cycles, sequestration of carbon and the control of its emissions.
Head of Research “Smart Technologies Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Development in Context of Global Changes” at RUDN.
Riccardo V. gives lectures to students of full-time programs of RUDN:
- «Urban forestry»
- Riccardo V. created FLUXNET, a global network of micrometeorological tower sites that use vortex covariance methods to measure the exchange of carbon dioxide, water vapor and energy between the biosphere and the atmosphere. FLUXNET calibrates the various information flows of regional networks to facilitate data comparison and provides a platform for the dissemination of knowledge among scientists.
- Riccardo V. developed a unique technology for monitoring the state of green spaces at the level of a single tree. For its implementation, special devices are used that evaluate the physiological state of trees (tree talkers: True Talker, True Talker +, True Talker 2.0) and their vertical stability (TT-G). More than 240 tree talkers daily update the tree state database using IoT technologies.
- Climate change;
- Global carbon cycle;
- Development of forest and agroecosystems;
- Implementation and development of green infrastructure;
- Sustainable urban development.