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Alberto Roman

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Pasadena, CA 91109



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Alberto Roman works on improving our forecasting capabilities of natural hazards using a combination of physical modelling, large datasets from spaceborne instruments, and methods for parameters estimation/uncertainty quantification. At JPL, he has been focusing on volcanic eruptions, developing fluid dynamical models of magma transport and using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to understand some of the most active geological areas on the planet. Current target research locations include: Kilauea (Hawaii, US), Sierra Negra (Galapagos, Ecuador), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea). He is also interested on other general natural phenomena, such as fluid transport in rocks and the evolution of planetary crusts.

Alberto Roman holds a PhD from the Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) where he worked in the geological fluid dynamics team.


  • PhD in Geophysics, IPGP and Paris Diderot University, France (2015)
  • MSc in Geophysics, IPGP and Paris Diderot University, France (2011)
  • BSc in Geophysics, University of Milan Italy (2008)

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA (2021-present)
  • NPP fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA (2018-2021)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IPGP, Paris, France (2015-2017)
  • PhD at IPGP, Paris, France (2011-2015)

Research Interests

  • Natural hazards forecasting
  • InSAR imaging of surface deformation
  • Evolution of the continental crust and of magmatic intrusions
  • Dynamics of the Archean Earth

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship (2018)
  • PhD Scholarship of the French Ministry of Research (2011)

Selected Publications

  1. Roman, A., & Lundgren, P. (2021). Dynamics of large effusive eruptions driven by caldera collapse. Nature, 592(7854), 392-396
  2. Roman, A., Bagnardi, M., and Lundgren P., Effects of conduit elasticity during effusive eruptions. In prep
  3. Roman, A., & Arndt, N. (2020). Differentiated Archean oceanic crust: Its thermal structure, mechanical stability and a test of the sagduction hypothesis. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 278, 65-77.
  4. Jaupart, C., Mareschal, J. C., and Roman, A., 2018, The Formation of Continental Crust from a Physics Perspective. Geochemistry International 56(13), 1289-132
  5. Roman, A., & Jaupart, C. (2017). Post-emplacement dynamics of basaltic intrusions in the continental crust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122(2), 966-987.
  6. Roman, A. and Jaupart, C., 2016, The fate of mafic and ultramafic intrusions in the continental crust. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 453, pp.131-140.
  7. Roman, A. and Jaupart, C., 2014, The impact of a volcanic edifice on intrusive and eruptive activity. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 408, pp.1-8.
  8. Roman, A., 2015, Emplacement and post-emplacement dynamics of magma reservoirs. PhD Thesis 178 pages