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  • Seismotectonics of the Italian peninsula, including the analysis of many relevant earthquake sequences, original studies on the present stress field with earthquake and borehole data, research on intermediate and deep earthquakes in the Italian subduction-collision zones.
  • Seismic tomography studies, including studies on fault zone structure, on volcanic and geothermal areas, and on the lithosphere-asthenosphere system in subduction zones to understand the geodynamic evolution of the central Mediterranean.
  • Volcano-seismology, including the distribution of earthquakes in volcanic areas, slow ground deformation from leveling data, the deep structure of volcanoes and associated seismicity.
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Education
  • Laurea in Geology, University of Rome (1982)
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Rome (1987)


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Positions Held
  • Research Fellow at the U.S. Geogical Survey, Menlo Park (1988)
  • Researcher, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (Italy) (1988-1997)
  • Senior Researcher, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (1997-2000)
  • Research Director, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (2000-2002)
  • Head of the Italian National Earthquake Center, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (2001-2002)
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Publications

Amato, A., G. Biella, and R. de Franco, Velocity structure of the Vulsinian Volcanic Complex from seismic refraction data and 3-D inversion of travel times, J. Geophys. Res. , 96 , 517-535, 1991.

Amato, A., C. Chiarabba, L. Malagnini, and G. Selvaggi, Three- dimensional P-velocity structure in the region of the Ms=6.9 Irpinia, Italy, normal faulting earthquake, Physics Earth Planet. Int. , 75 , 111-119, 1992.

Selvaggi, G., and A. Amato, Subcrustal Earthquakes in the Northern Apennines (Italy): Evidence for a Still Active Subduction?, Geophys. Res. Letters , 19 , 21, 2127-2130, 1992.

Amato, A., B. Alessandrini, G.B. Cimini, A. Frepoli and G. Selvaggi, Active and remnant subducted slabs beneath Italy: evidence from seismic tomography and seismicity, Annali di Geofisica , XXXVI, 2, 201-214, 1993.

Amato, A., C. Chiarabba, M. Cocco, M. Di Bona and G. Selvaggi, The 1989-1990 seismic swarm in the Alban Hills volcanic area, Central Italy, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Res. , 61 , 225-237, 1994

Chiarabba C., A. Amato, and J.R. Evans, Variations on the NeHT high-resolution tomography method: A test of technique and results for Medicine Lake Volcano, Northern California, J. Geophys. Res., 100 , 4035-4052, 1995.

Amato A., and C. Chiarabba, Recent uplift of the Alban Hills volcano (Italy): evidence for magmatic inflation?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 1985-1988, 1995.

Frepoli, A., C. Chiarabba, G. Selvaggi, and A. Amato, State of stress in the Southern Tyrrhenian subduction zone from fault plane solutions, Geophys. J. Int., 125 , 879-891, 1996.

Margheriti, L., C. Nostro, M. Cocco, and A. Amato, Seismic anisotropy beneath the Northern Apennines (Italy) and its tectonic implications, Geophys. Res. Letters, 23, no. 20, 2721-2724, 1996.

Chiarabba, C., and A. Amato, Upper crustal structure of the Benevento area (southern Italy): fault heterogeneities and potential for large earthquakes, Geophys. J. Int., 130, 229-239, 1996.

Amato, A., and P. Montone, Present-day stress field and active tectonics in southern peninsular Italy, Geophys. J. Int. , 130, 519-534, 1997.

Frepoli, A., and A. Amato, Contemporaneous extension and compression in the Northern Apennines from earthquake fault plane solutions, Geophys. J. Int., 129, 368-388, 1997.

Amato A., Azzara R., C. Chiarabba, G. B. Cimini, M. Cocco, et al., The 1997 Umbria-Marche, Italy, earthquake sequence: a first look at the main shocks and aftershocks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 2861-2864, 1998.

Di Stefano, R., C. Chiarabba, F. P. Lucente and A. Amato, Crustal and uppermost mantle structure from the inversion of P-wave travel times: geodynamic implications, in press on Geophys. J. Int., 1999.

Montone, P., A. Amato, and S. Pondrelli, Active Stress Map of Italy, in press on J. Geophys. Res., 1999.

Frepoli A. and A. Amato, Stress tensor orientation in peninsular Italy from background seismicity, Tectonophysics, 317, 109-124, 2000.

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