Mattia de' Michieli Vitturi


Mattia de Michieli Vitturi.

Mattia de' Michieli Vitturi


Mattia de' Michieli Vitturi



Physics of volcanic eruptions; fluid mechanics of multiphase geophysical flows; development and use of numerical models; volcanic and geologic hazards assessment.

Contact Information

126 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3489


PhD, Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy - 2004

Research Interests

My research interests are in the study and the computational modeling of geological systems, in particular with application to volcanic processes. Due to my background in mathematics and computational modeling, I see geological systems not only as a source of questions to answer utilizing existing numerical tools, but as an opportunity to develop new and efficient techniques to solve those questions and deepen the knowledge of the system of interest. More specifically, my research focuses on the development and application of reliable and efficient models which describe volcanic flows, multiphase flows of many types (from magma ascent in volcanic conduits to plumes and tephra transport), landscape evolution and geophysical problems in general, on earth and other planetary bodies. I seek collaborative research projects across a variety of application domains to advance, through comparison with field data and laboratory experiments, volcanic processes knowledge and to incorporate the results obtained into hazard assessment and mitigation strategies.

Course Offerings

Coming soon.

Current Students

Please contact Dr. de’ Michieli Vitturi at for PhD. and MS. opportunities commencing in Fall 2020.

Recent Publications

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1.   La Spina, G, AB Clarke, M. de’ Michieli Vitturi, M. Burton, CM Allison, K Roggensack, & F Alfano. “Conduit dynamics of highly explosive basaltic eruptions: The 1085 CE Sunset Crater sub-Plinian events”. In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 387, 106658, 2019.

2.   Polacci, M, D Andronico, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, J Taddeucci, and A Cristaldi. "Mechanisms of ash generation at basaltic volcanoes: the case of Mount Etna, Italy." In: Frontiers in Earth Science 7: 193, 2019.

3.   de’ Michieli Vitturi, M, T Esposti Ongaro, G Lari, A Aravena. “IMEX_SfloW2D 1.0: a depth-averaged numerical flow model for pyroclastic avalanches”. In: Geoscientific Model Development 12, 581-595, 2019.

4.   Aravena∗, A, R Cioni, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, and A Neri. “Conduit stability effects on intensity and steadiness of explosive eruptions”. In: Scientific reports 8.1, p. 4125, 2018.

5.   Aravena∗, A, R Cioni, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, M Pistolesi, M Ripepe, and A Neri. “Evolution of Conduit Geometry and Eruptive Parameters During Effusive Events”. In: Geophysical Research Letters 45.15, pp. 7471–7480, 2018.

6.   Aravena∗, A, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, R Cioni, and A Neri. “Physical constraints for effective magma-water interaction along volcanic conduits during silicic explosive eruptions”. In: Geology 46.10, pp. 867–870, 2018.

7.   Carr, BB, AB Clarke, and M de’ Michieli Vitturi. “Earthquake induced variations in extrusion rate: A numerical modeling approach to the 2006 eruption of Merapi Volcano (Indonesia)”. In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, pp. 377–387, 2018.

8.   de’ Michieli Vitturi, M and S Tarquini. “MrLavaLoba: A new probabilistic model for the simulation of lava flows as a settling process”. In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 349.1, pp. 323–334, 2018.

9.   Granieri, D, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, and M Bisson. “PeakLocator 1.0, a web tool to compare extreme value areas among maps”. In: Annals of Geophysics 61, p. 16, 2018.

10.  Tarquini, S, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, E Jensen, G Pedersen, S Barsotti, D Coppola, and MA Pfeffer. “Modeling lava flow propagation over a flat landscape by using MrLavaLoba: the case of the 2014–2015 eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland”. In: Annals of Geophysics 61, p. 28, 2018.

11.  Aravena∗, A, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, R Cioni, and A Neri. “Stability of volcanic conduits during explosive eruptions”. In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 339, pp. 52–62, 2017.

12.  Colucci, S, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, and P Landi. “CrystalMom: a new model for the evolution of crystal size distributions in magmas with the quadrature-based method of moments”. In: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 172, p. 100, 2017.

13.  Del Bello, E, J Taddeucci, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, P Scarlato, D Andronico, S Scollo, U Kueppers, and T Ricci. “Effect of particle volume fraction on the settling velocity of volcanic ash particles: insights from joint experimental and numerical simulations”. In: Scientific Reports 7, 2017.

14.  La Spina, G, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, and AB Clarke. “Transient numerical model of magma ascent dynamics: application to the explosive eruptions at the Soufrière Hills Volcano”. In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 336, pp. 118–139, 2017.

15.  La Spina, G, M Polacci, M Burton, and M de’ Michieli Vitturi. “Numerical investigation of permeability models for low viscosity magmas: application to the 2007 Stromboli effusive eruption”. In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 473, pp. 279–290, 2017.

16.  Pardini, F, M Burton, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, S Corradini, Ge Salerno, L Merucci, and G Di Grazia. “Retrieval and intercomparison of volcanic SO2 injection height and eruption time from satellite maps and ground-based observations”. In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 331, pp. 79–91, 2017.

17.  Polacci, M, M de’ Michieli Vitturi et al. “From magma ascent to ash generation: investigating volcanic conduit processes by integrating experiments, numerical modeling, and observations”. In: Annals of Geophysics 60.6, 2017.

18.  Tadini, A, A Bevilacqua, A Neri, R Cioni, WP Aspinall, M Bisson, R Isaia, F Mazzarini, GA Valentine, S Vitale, PJ Baxter, A Bertagnini, M Cerminara, M de’ Michieli Vitturi, A Di Roberto, S Engwell, T Esposti Ongaro, F Flandoli, and M Pistolesi. “Assessing future vent opening locations at the Somma-Vesuvio volcanic complex: 2. Probability maps of the caldera for a future Plinian/sub-Plinian event with uncertainty quantification”. In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 12:9, pp. 4357–4356, 2017.