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Nicola Piana Agostinetti

Research Interests:

  • Seismic properties of the shallow crust
  • Subduction zones
  • Inverse problem: theory and applications
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Geo-imaging via passive seismic techniques

Work experience:

2017 - present: Lise Meitner Senior Research Fellow at University of Vienna
2012 - present: Research Associate (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, Rome)
2012 - 2017: Research Fellow at Geophysics Section, School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS, Ireland
2005 - 2012: Researcher at INGV, Rome
2003 - 2005: PhD grant at INGV, project “Gruppo Nazionale Vulcanologia, GNV”
2001 - 2002: PhD grant at INGV, project “Progetto Nazionale Ricerche Antartide, PNRA”


2017-2018: Scientific coordinator: “MiT: Mines-in-Time, technical and commercial feasibility
study” funded by EIT-RawMaterials (€50,000)

2017-2019: Principal Investigator: “Seismic properties of the Vienna basin” funded by FWF
(Grant number: M 2218-N29, €160,000)

2015-2017: Principal Investigator: “Shallow crustal exploration using passive seismics:
bridging the gap between academic research and industrial-scale applications”.
Project funded by SFI € 95,000 (SFI Grant Number 14/IFB/2742)

2015-2020: Funded investigator: “iCRAG: Irish Center for Applied Geophysics” (

2012-2016: Principal Investigator: “SIM-CRUST: Seismic imaging and monitoring of the upper
crust: exploring the potential low-enthalpy geothermal resources of Ireland” project
funded by SFI € 563,974 (SFI Grant Number 11/SIRG/E2174,

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A reversible-jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm for 1D inversion of magnetotelluric data. / Mandolesi, Eric; Ogaya, Xenia; Campanyà, Joan; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola.

in: Computers & Geosciences, Band 113, 01.04.2018, S. 94-105.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Seismic anisotropy in central North Anatolian Fault Zone and its implications on crustal deformation. / Licciardi, A.; Eken, T.; Taymaz, T.; Piana Agostinetti, N.; Yolsal-Çevikbilen, S.

in: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Band 277, 01.04.2018, S. 99-112.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Assessing uncertainties in high-resolution, multifrequency receiver-function inversion: A comparison with borehole data. / Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Malinverno, Alberto.

in: Geophysics, Band 83, Nr. 3, 23.02.2018, S. KS11-KS22.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel


Discovering geothermal supercritical fluids: a new frontier for seismic exploration. / Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Licciardi, Andrea; Piccinini, Davide; Mazzarini, Francesco; Musumeci, Giovanni; Saccorotti, Gilberto; Chiarabba, Claudio.

in: Scientific Reports, Band 7, 14592 , 06.11.2017.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Sedimentary basin exploration with receiver functions : Seismic structure and anisotropy of the Dublin Basin (Ireland). / Licciardi, Andrea; Agostinetti, Nicola Piana.

in: Geophysics, Band 82, Nr. 4, 01.07.2017, S. KS41-KS55.

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Crustal structure and deformation across a mature slab tear zone: the case of southern Tyrrhenian Subduction (Italy). / Bianchi, Irene; Lucente, Francesco Pio; Di Bona, Massimo; Govoni, Aladino; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola.

in: Geophysical Research Letters, Band 43, Nr. 24, 28.12.2016, S. 12380-12388.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

A semi-automated method for the detection of seismic anisotropy at depth via receiver function analysis. / Licciardi, A.; Piana Agostinetti, N.

in: Geophysical Journal International, Band 205, Nr. 3, ggw098, 01.06.2016, S. 1589-1612.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Lithospheric fault and kinematic decoupling of the Apennines system across the Pollino range. / Chiarabba, Claudio; Agostinetti, Nicola Piana; Bianchi, Irene.

in: Geophysical Research Letters, Band 43, Nr. 7, 16.04.2016, S. 3201-3207.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel


The structure of the Moho in the Northern Apennines : Evidence for an incipient slab tear fault? / Piana Agostinetti, Nicola.

in: Tectonophysics, Band 655, 01.08.2015, S. 88-96.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Crustal and upper mantle responses to lithospheric segmentation in the northern Apennines. / Rosenbaum, Gideon; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola.

in: Tectonics, Band 34, Nr. 4, 01.04.2015, S. 648-661.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Local three-dimensional earthquake tomography by trans-dimensional Monte Carlo sampling. / Agostinetti, Nicola Piana; Giacomuzzi, Genny; Malinverno, Alberto.

in: Geophysical Journal International, Band 201, Nr. 3, 11.03.2015, S. 1598-1617.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Crustal structure across the lateral edge of the Southern Tyrrhenian slab. / Lucente, Francesco Pio; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Di Bona, Massimo; Govoni, Aladino; Bianchi, Irene.

2015. Beitrag in EGU General Assembly 2015, Wien, Österreich.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag zu KonferenzPaper


From underplating to delamination-retreat in the northern Apennines. / Chiarabba, Claudio (Korresp. AutorIn); Giacomuzzi, Jenny; Bianchi, Irene; Agostinetti Piana, Nikola; Park, Jeffrey.

in: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Band 403, 01.10.2014, S. 108-116.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

High frequency seismic waves and slab structures beneath Italy. / Sun, Daoyuan; Miller, Meghan S.; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Asimow, Paul D.; Li, Dunzhu.

in: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Band 391, 01.04.2014, S. 212-223.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Apulian crust: Top to bottom. / Amato, A; Bianchi, Irene; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola.

in: Journal of Geodynamics, Band 82, 2014, S. 125-137.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

Orogen-parallel variability in 3D seismicity distribution, Northern Apennines (Italy): Evidence for a slab tear fault? / Piccinini, D.; Piana Agostinetti, N.; Saccorotti, G.; Fiaschi, A.; Matassoni, L.; Morelli, M.

in: Journal of Geodynamics, Band 82, 2014, S. 110-117.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel

The fate of the downgoing oceanic plate: Insight from the Northern Cascadia subduction zone. / Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Miller, Meghan S.

in: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Band 408, 2014, S. 237-251.

Veröffentlichung: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikel


Combining controlled-source seismology and receiver function information to derive 3-D Moho topography for Italy. / Spada, Matteo; Bianchi, Irene; Kissling, Eduard; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola; Wiemer, S.

in: Geophysical Journal International, Band 194, Nr. 2, 2013, S. 1050–1068.

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