ARTONI Claudio

Sito web (scheda personale)
Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica
Sito web struttura:


EAIIST traverse:
This project is the natural continuation of the traverse made in Antarctica during the 2019: 1318 km round trip in the middle of the plateau to estimate the rise in sea level through the study of climate archives. In the region that has been crossed the very low rainfall and the wind regime lead to the formation of unique structures on Earth called 'megadunes': surfaces with a glassy appearance where the ice is smooth and uncovered with large-scale undulations, invisible to the naked eye. but detectable by satellite. Understanding their formation and observing how they record the composition of the atmosphere is essential for interpreting the data of the ice cores that make up climate archives. These regions have characteristics similar to those existing during the ice ages, when rainfall was very scarce compared to the warmer periods. My contribution will be based on the study of mineral dust in both snowpit and ice core samples.

OPTICE The optical properties of dust in snow and ice to investigate the climate change: 
This project is based on the analysis of snow and ice cores in key sites in the Alps at mid-high altitudes (>3000-3200 m) overall the years. On these cores we carried out the optical characterization at the European EuroCold laboratory (University of Milano-Bicocca). The work is focused on the use of the Single Particle Extinction and Scattering (SPES). The breakthrough of the method is represented by the capability of measuring optical properties of particles such as shape and internal structure. This recently brought clear assessments about the shape variability of dust trough time, with important impact on the radiative transfer of the atmosphere in the past (Potenza et al, 2016, Nature Scientific Report). Radiative transfer is one of the key elements determining climate. It is widely recognized to be strongly affected by aerosols (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2013). Knowing the optical properties of past and present aerosol is very important in climate modelling for describing the climate change. At the snow-air interface, the dust particles together with partially melted crystals form crusts during the melting and refreezing cycles. These crusts, once incorporated in the snowpack and with high gradient temperature, allow the formation of thin weak layers of faceted crystals, which increase the instability of the snowpack. Therefore detect the size and shape of dust is important also to have better avalanches evaluations. Finally a better estimate of dust in the snowpack is essential for melting predictions and a better snow management. This can be useful not only in the ski resorts to correctly estimate artificial snow, but also for water companies to have a forecast on water deriving from the melting of snow and ice.



October 2021 - today
Technical manager of the EuroCold Lab
University Milano - Bicocca

September 2019 - today
PhD student in Polar Sciences
University Cà Foscari of Venice
"Optical properties of aeolian mineral dust in polar air, snow and ice cores."
Supervisors: prof. Barbara Delmonte, prof. Barbara Stenni

February 2021 - today
Associate researcher
Institute of Polar Sciences of the Italian National Research Council (ISP-CNR)
Arctic station "Dirigibile Italia": snow sampling, snowpack stratigraphy, instrument management. Station leader from march to may 2022.

September 2019 - today
Climbing instructor
T- Climb Climbing School

September 2019 - today
Avalanche instructor and educator
Italian Avalanche Service (SVI)

March 2018 - November 2018
Student collaboration
Earth Science Department - University of Milan
Tutor in secondary schools for the creation of geological museums, geo-turistic itineraries in the Lombard cities and in the Alps.



Master degree in Earth Sciences - December 2018
University of Milan

Bachelor degree in Geology - July 2015
University of Milan

Scientific high school diploma - June 2011
Istituto Salesiano ‘‘S. Ambrogio’’ Milan



Climbing instructor (June 2019)
FASI - Italian Federation of Sport Climbing

International professional member (January 2022)
American Avalanche Association - A3

Snowpack observer (March 2018)
AINEVA - Interregional Association of coordination and documentation for problems related to snow
and avalanches

Worker at height and use III^ cat. personal protective equipment for fall protection (February 2020 - February 2025)



Windows shell, QGIS, GRASS, RAMMS, YETI, AVAL 1D, PAST, SPSS, PETREL, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office.
English: B2 (Writing), B2 (Speaking) IELTS Certification July 2019
French: A1 (Writing), A1 (Speaking)



Soft skills:
▪  Teamworking (Ca’ Foscari Challenge School course and also gained in the organization of charity and sports events with voluntary associations and during salesman work)
▪  Communication (IFOA public speaking course and also gained as lecturer in conferences)
▪  Scientific communication (gained through the production of scientific articles, posters)
▪  Leadership (gained as President of the Leo District 108 Ib4, youth Lions Club International)
▪  Job-management (gained as organizer of the Italian Geological Society Conferences and many other conferences with voluntary associations)
▪  Stress-management (Ca’ Foscari Challenge School course)
▪  Adapt to changes (Ca’ Foscari Challenge School course)

Professional skills
▪  Snow & avalanches (International Advanced Training Course on Snow and Avalanche, SLF-WSL)
▪  Avalanche dymanics (RAMMS and AVAL 1d software course – AINEVA 3rd professional level)
▪  Snow data analysis NSIDC DAAC (NASA course webinar)
▪  Alpine permafrost dynamics (EURAC ALPSMOTION International Summer School)
▪  Photogrammetry using UAV (Fondazione Montagna Sicura course)
▪  Multi-risk assessment of Alpine environment (Summer School University of Pavia)



Reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) "Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability", cross chapter: “Polar Regions” WGII (November 2020 - January 2021)



"A trip in the Arctic: an evening in the snow and ice" Lions Club Milano Host (MI) 2021
"Ice sheets and climate change" Rotary Club Monza (MB) 2021
“Ice sheets: sentinels of the climate change” LUBES Free University of Leno (BS) 2019
‘‘Living mountains in safety’’. Department of Earth Science, University of Milan. 2017



Collaborator in charge of risk management and installation and maintenance of research instruments. I participated in the testing phases of permanent instrumentation for the measurement of atmospheric particulate installed at the Antarctic Concordia Station (OPTAIR Project - PNRA16_00231) (“Testa Grigia” Plateau Rosa CNR station, campaign 2018 and 2019)



▪  Co-supervisor for 2 master students for the realization of their master's thesis on the analysis of mineral dust in RICE and TALDICE Antarctic ice cores. 2021
▪  Tutor for high school students to make geological museums in the classrooms, geo-artistic itineraries in the Lombard cities and geo-touristic itineraries in the Lombard Prealps. 2018
▪  Tutor for the project: "School, mountains and sport: Strategies and tools for teaching and disseminating Earth Sciences to safeguard and enhance mountains" where school students could approach climbing and geology. 2018



▪  Artoni C., Cremonesi L., Ravasio C., Burgay F. Y., Pizzini S., Barbaro E., Turetta C., Di Mauro B., Potenza M. A. C., Delmonte B. “Dust in snow cores: an integrated study on an Italian alpine glacier” Cryosphere2022, Reykjavik.
▪  Artoni C., Cremonesi L., Ravasio C., Delmonte B., Potenza M. A. C. (2021) “OPTICE: the optical properties of dust in snow and ice to investigate the climate change and improve avalanches evaluation” 1st Workshop of the Italian Aerosol Society, Falcade (BL).
▪  C. Artoni, L. Cremonesi, C. Ravasio, B. Delmonte, M. A. C. Potenza "OPTICE: The optical properties of dust in snow and ice to investigate the climate change, improve avalanches evaluation and refine the snow management" Virtual Snow Science Workshop VSSW, Fernie (2020)
▪  F. Burgay, S. Pizzini, C. Turetta, G. Cozzi, E. Barbaro, C. Artoni, C. Ravasio, L. Cremonesi, F. Cavaliere, D. M. Viganò, U. Morra di Cella, F. Troilo, M. A. C. Potenza " Towards and interdisciplinary characterization of the Rutor glacier (Aosta Valley), 24th Alpine Glaciology Meeting, Milan (2020)
▪  M. Pelfini, T. Apuani, C. Artoni, A Conforto, I. M. Bollati “How to exploit geodiversity in geoscience education activities?”, Congresso nazionale SGI, SIMP, SoGeI, Parma (2019)
▪  C. Artoni, I. M. Bollati, M. Pelfini “Get awareness on geomorphological hazard and risk along touristic trails: a pilot study in the Western Italian Alps”, Italian Young Geomorphologists’ Days, Milano (2019)
▪  C. Bottini, E. Erba, C. Artoni “Calcareous nannofossils at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary: Stratigraphic and paleoceanographic characterization”, 16INA Meeting, Atene (2017)
▪  C. Bottini, F. Jadoul, M. Rigo, M. Zaffani, C. Artoni, E. Erba “Calcareous nannofossils at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary: Stratigraphic and paleoceanographic characterization”, Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 122(3), pp: 141-164 (2016)
▪  C. Bottini, F. Jadoul, M. Rigo, M. Zaffani, E. Erba, C. Artoni “Chemo-biotratigraphic characterization of the Triassic/Jurassic boundary interval in the Western Southern Alps.”, 2016, Goldschmidt, Yokohama. (2016)



Ambassador of "Community Snow Observation" (CSO) project. 
Member of the board of the Association of Polar Early Carrer Scientists (APECS), active member of the Ice Cores Young Scientists (ICYS), International Glaciological Society (IGS), Italian Geological Society (SGI) and Regional Glaciological Service (SGL).