Prof. Marco Cacciani left us

We are very saddened to give the news that Marco Cacciani, Professor of “Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics” in the MSc LMAST4MC, has left us last Tuesday.

Prof. Cacciani, a member of the Physics Department of Sapienza University of Rome, was an internationally well-known and respected researcher in the field of lidar remote sensing of the atmosphere, carrying on the Roman school started by the late Prof. Fiocco.

Prof. Cacciani got the Laurea degree in Physics with honors at Sapienza University of Rome in 1985 with a dissertation on “Measurements of ozone absorption coefficient in the Huggins bands” (with supervisor Prof. Fiocco). From 1987 till 1989, he was a fellow of the National Institute of Geophysics and in 1990 he became a permanent researcher at the Sapienza Physics Department. For many years he has been teaching “Laboratory of terrestrial physics” in Rome and since 2013 foundations and laboratory of “Atmospheric physics”. Since 1985 he has been collaborating with the group of Prof. Fiocco at the Sapienza Physics Department, working on several projects regarding the measurements of ozone and aerosols. He was involved in the construction and deployment of lidars at the South Pole, at Thule, at Seychelles, and in Rome as well as in the construction and in the operations of an airborne lidar installed in the Russian stratospheric aircraft M55 Geophysica. His main fields of interest have been: 1) ozone spectroscopy; 2) ozone, water vapor, cloud, and aerosol measurements in the polar, tropical, and urban regions; 3) atmospheric composition modeling. He was the coordinator of many international projects involving ground remote sensing validations. He published several tens of papers in international journals as well as contributions to book chapters and conference proceedings.

Prof. Cacciani was one of the co-founders of the Laurea Magistrale in Atmospheric Science and Technology for Meteorology & Climate (LMAST4MC) and with him, we shared the battles to introduce this unique inter-university course of study between the University of L’Aquila and Sapienza University of Rome.

We will miss Prof. Cacciani: we will miss you, Marco. We will miss your critical spirit, your passion for research, your dedication to teaching and your empathy with colleagues and students. All this will always stay with us.

We send all our heartfelt condolences to the whole family of Prof. Cacciani.

A last touched and big hug, Marco!

Your LMAST4MC colleagues, your students