Roberta Delfanti, Laurea in Chemistry (1979) – University of Pavia. Researcher at the ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre (La Spezia) since 1983, she works in the field of marine radioecology and on the use of radionuclides as tracers for marine processes. Her main research interest is in upper-ocean biogeochemical cycles and carbon flux and sedimentation processes in coastal areas. She is the author and co-author of peer reviewed papers on these topics. Since 2002, she has been the head of the ENEA Technical Unit Marine Environment and Sustainable Development and co-ordinates its multidisciplinary activities.

Salvatore Marullo, Laurea in Physics (1981) - University of Rome - Thesis in Physical oceanography. He has worked on circulation of the Mediterranean Sea and air-sea interaction since 1979. In January 1985 he started working on satellite oceanography at the ESA in Darmstadt. From 1986 to 1992 he worked at Telespazio as coordinator of the oceanographic group. Since 1992, Dr. Marullo has had a permanent position at ENEA as senior scientist working on satellite oceanography (mainly Ocean Color and SST). He was P.I. or co-investigator of European and national Projects and has worked on ocean colour algorithms. He is the author (co-author) of 43 peered publications and several technical project reports.

Silvia Cocito, Laurea in Biological Sciences (1982) and Laurea in Natural Sciences (1985) at the University of Pavia (Italy). Researcher at the ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre (La Spezia) since 1987, her basic research interests are in the ecology of marine coastal habitats, biodiversity and conservation of benthic assemblages, experimental analysis of the roles of physical and biological processes in maintaining patterns in natural assemblages. In the last decade, she has focused her research on marine calcification, population structure, dynamics, and demography of endangered benthic species to assess impact of climate change. She is the author and co-author of peer-reviewed papers on these subjects.