First NameAssunta
Last NameDonato
RoleResearch Fellow
Phone050 6212387
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  • 2005 High school leaving qualification in classical studies
  • 2009 Bachelor’s Degree in Analysis and Management of Natural and Anthropic Risks, University of Messina vote 110/110 cum laude
  • 2011 Master’s Degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies, University of Pisa, vote 110/110 cum laude
  • 2017 Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, University of Florence
  • 2013 - present Research Fellow, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG), Pisa


  • Geochemical survey aimed at identifying and characterizing the geothermal resources
  • Regulatory framework and authorization processes in geothermal fields
  • Environmental impact related to exploitation of geothermal resources


  • Geochemical survey (sampling and analyses on water and gas) aimed at characterizing the geothermal resources (Ph.D. program);
  • Collection and organization of geochemical data for the upgrade and extension of the National Geothermal Database, managed by the Italian National Research Council;
  • Mapping the geochemical parameters for identifying potentially geothermal areas, using spatial analyst tools in GIS environment;
  • Report on geothermal laws and regulations (including permitting and administrative processes);
  • Contribution to 3D geological modeling using software PETREL;
  • Contribution to geothermal potential and favourability mapping;
  • Contribution to creating, publishing and updating the content of project websites (VIGOR and Geothermal Atlas projects)
  • Contribution for compiling reports about regulatory, social and environmental aspects related to geothermal energy (Geothermal ERA-NET and GeoElec projects);
  • Nextdata Project Manager;
  • Dissemination: organizations of seminars and workshops.


  • E. Trumpy, A. Donato, G. Gianelli, G. Gola, A. Minissale, D. Montanari, A. Santilano, A. Manzella, 2015. Data integration and favourability maps for exploring geothermal systems in Sicily, southern Italy. Geothermics, 56, July 2015, Pages 1–16.
  • A. Santilano, A. Donato, A. Galgaro, D. Montanari, A. Menghini, A. Viezzoli, E. Di Sipio, E. Destro, A. Manzella, 2016. An integrated 3D approach to assess the geothermal heat-exchange potential: The case study of western Sicily (southern Italy). Renewable Energy, 97, 2016, Pages 611-624.

  • E. Trumpy, S. Botteghi, F. Caiozzi, A. Donato, G. Gola, D. Montanari, M.P.D. Pluymaekers, A. Santilano, J.D. van Wees, A. Manzella, 2016. Energy, 103, 2016, Pages 167-181. Geothermal potential assessment for a low carbon strategy: A new systematic approach applied in southern Italy.

  • A. Minissale, A. Donato, M. Procesi, S. Giammanco, L. Pizzino, 2016. Dati e carte geochimiche del Mezzogiorno d'Italia. In: Adele Manzella (Ed.) Progetto Atlante Geotermico del Mezzogiorno, CNR per il Mezzogiorno, CNR-IGG (2016). ISBN: 9788879580298.

  • M.S. Giamberini, A. Donato, A. Manzella, A. Pellizzone, D. Scrocca, D. E. Bruno, I. Nardini, S. Botteghi, V. F. Uricchio. Rischi ambientali connessi all'utilizzo della risorsa geotermica: cause e buone pratiche per la loro minimizzazione. In: Adele Manzella (Ed.) Progetto Atlante Geotermico del Mezzogiorno, CNR per il Mezzogiorno, CNR-IGG (2016). ISBN:9788879580304.