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Sebastiano D'Amico
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  1. D’Amico S., Venuti V., Colica E., Crupi V., Paladini G., Guido S., Mantella G., Majolino D., 2020. A combined 3D surveying, XRF and Raman in situ investigation on The Conversion of St Paul painting (Mdina, Malta) by Mattia Preti. Acta Imeko (accepted)
  2. Baruah S., Sharma A., Saikia S., D’Amico S., 2020. Correlation between seismic crustal anisotropy with seismogenic stress field beneath Shillong – Mikir Plateau and its vicinity of North East India. Journal of Geodynamics, submitted
  3. Colica E., D’Amico S., Iannucci R., Martino S., Gauci A., Galea P., Paciello A., 2020. Using UAV-Photogrammetry for Digital Geological Survey, Journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing, submitted 
  4. Farrugia D., Galea P., D’Amico S., 2020. Modelling and assessment of earthquake ground response in areas characterized by a thick buried low-velocity layer, Natural Hazards,
  5. Agius M., Galea P., Farrugia D., D’Amico S., 2020. An instrumental earthquake catalogue for the offshore Maltese islands region, 1995–2014. Annals of Geophysics,
  6. Farhat I., Farrugia L., Persico R., D’Amico S., Sammut. C., 2020. Preliminary experimental measurements of the dielectric and magnetic properties of a material with a coaxial TDR probe in reflection mode. Progress In Electromagnetics Research M, 91, 111–121.
  7. Motsa S., Drosopoulos G. A., Stavroulaki M. E., Maravelakis E., Borg R. P., Galea P., D’Amico S., Stavroulakis G. E., 2020 Structural investigation of Mnajdra megalithic monument in Malta. Journal of Cultural Heritage.
  8. Lupi M., Trappinera D., Gonzales D., D’Amico S., Acocella V., Cabello C., Muelle Stef. M., Tassara A., 2020. Transient tectonic regimes imposed by megathrust earthquakes and the growth of NW-trending volcanic systems in the Southern Andes. Tectonophysics.  774, 228204,
  9. Iannucci R., Martino S., Paciello A., D’Amico S., Galea P., 2020. Investigation of cliff instability at Għajn Ħadid Tower (Selmun Promontory, Malta) by integrated passive seismic techniques. Journal of Seismology,
  10. Persico R., D’Amico S., Matera L., Colica E., De Giorgio C., Alescio A., Sammut C. V., Galea P., 2019. GPR Investigations at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Near Surface Geophysics, 17, 213–229 doi: 10.1002/nsg.12046
  11. Holt M., Koper K., Yeck W., D’Amico S., Li Z., Pechmann J. C., Hale J. M., Burlacu R., 2019. On the Portability of ML-MC as a Depth Discriminant for Small Seismic Events Recorded at Local Distances. Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, DOI:
  12. Panzera F., Romagnoli G., Tortorici G., D’Amico S., Rizza M., Catalano S., 2019. Integrated use of ambient vibrations and geological methods for seismic microzonation. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 170, 103820. DOI:
  13. Panzera F., D’Amico S., Colica E., Viccaro M., 2019. Ambient vibration measurements to support morphometric analysisof a pyroclastic cone. Bullettin of Volcanology, DOI:10.1007/s00445-019-1338-1
  14. Micallef A., Spatola D., Caracausi A., Italiano F., Barreca G., D’Amico S., Petronio L., Corene F., Facchine L., Blanose R., Pavane A., Paganinie P., Taviani M., 2019. Active degassing across the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) and implications for its neotectonics, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 104, 361–374. DOI:
  15. Bozionelos G.,  Galea P., D’Amico S., Plasencia Linares M., Romanelli M., Rossi G., Parolai S., Vuan A.,  Sugan M., Agius M.R., 2019. An  augmented  seismic  network  to  study  off-shore  seismicity  around the Maltese Islands:  The FASTMIT experiment. Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, 7, 104–121. DOI:10.7423/XJENZA.2019.2.03
  16. D'Amico S., Akinci A., Pischiutta M., 2018. High-Frequency Ground-Motion Parameters from Weak-Motion Data in the Sicily Channel and Surrounding Regions. Geophysical Journal International 214(1), pp.148-163,
  17. Iannucci R., Martino S., Paciello A., D’Amico S., Galea P., 2018. Engineering geological zonation of a complex landslide system through seismic ambient noise measurements at the Selmun Promontory (Malta). Geophysical Journal International,   213,  2, 1146–1161,
  18. Baruah S., D’Amico S., Saikia S., Gautam J. L., Mrinalinee Devi r. L., Boruah G. K., Sharma A., Abdelwahed M., 2018. Study of fault plane solutions and stress drop using local broadband network data: the 2011 Sikkim Himalaya earthquake of Mw 6.9 and its aftershocks, Annals of Geophysics, 61, 1, SE107, DOI:10.4401/ag-7367
  19. Cataldo A., De Benedetto E., Cannazza G., D’Amico S., Farrugia L., Mifsud G., Dimech E., Sammut C., Persico R. Leucci G., De Giorgi L., 2018. Dielectric permittivity diagnostics as a tool for cultural heritage preservation: Application on degradable globigerina limestone, Measurement 123, 270–274,
  20. Crupi V., D'Amico S., Denaro L., Donato P., Majolino D., Paladini G., Persico R., Saccone M., Sansotta C., Spagnolo G. V., Venuti V., 2018. Mobile spectroscopy in archaeometry: some case study. Journal of Spectroscopy Article ID 8295291,
  21. Scolaro S., Pino P., D’Amico S., Orecchio B., Presti D., Torre A., Totaro C., Farrugia D., Neri G., 2018. Ambient noise measurements for preliminary microzoning studies  in the city of Messina, Sicily. Annals of Geophysics, DOI:
  22. Pino P., D'Amico S., Orecchio B., Presti D., Scolaro S., Torre A., Totaro C., Farrugia D., Neri G., 2018. Integration of geological and geophysical data for re-evaluation of local seismic hazard and geological structure: the case study of Rometta, Sicily. Annals of Geophysics, DOI:
  23. Galea P., Bozionelos G., D’Amico S., Drago A., Colica E., 2018. Seismic signature of the Azure Window collapse, Gozo, Central Mediterranean. Seismological Research Letters,
  24. Villani F., D'Amico S., Panzera F., Vassallo M., Bozionelos G., Farrugia D., Galea P., 2018. Shallow high-resolution geophysical investigation along the western segment of the Victoria Lines Fault (island of Malta). Tectonophysics, 724–725, 220-233. DOI:
  25. Panzera F., D'Amico S., Lupi M., Mauri G., Karyono K., Mazzini A., 2018. Lusi hydrothermal structure inferred through ambient vibration measurements. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 90:116-24,
  26. Persico R., D’Amico S., 2018. Use of Ground Penetrating Radar and standard geophysical methods to explore the subsurface. Ground Penetrating Radar, 1, 1-37, DOI:
  27. Persico R., D’Amico S., Rizzo E., Capozzoli L., Micallef A., 2018. Ground Penetrating Radar investigations in sites of cultural interest in Malta. Ground Penetrating Radar, 1, 38-61. DOI:
  28. Colica E., Micallef A., D’Amico S., Cassar L. F., Galdies C., 2018. Investigating the Use of UAV Systems for Photogrammetric Applications: A Case Study of Ramla Bay (Gozo, Malta). Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, 5, 125-131, DOI: 10.7423/XJENZA.2017.2.04
  29. D’Amico S., Saccone M., Persico R., Venuti V., Spagnolo G., V., Crupi V., Majolino D., 2017. 3D survey and GPR for cultural heritage. The case study of SS. Pietro and Paolo Church in Casalvecchio Siculo. Kermes, 107, 11-15
  30. Farrugia D., Galea P., D'Amico S., Paolucci E., 2017. Sensitivity of ground motion parameters to local shear-wave velocity models: The case of buried low-velocity layers. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 100, 196–205,
  31. D'Amico S., Galea P., Borg R. P., Bonello M., 2017. Georisks in the Mediterranean and their mitigation, Natural Hazards, DOI:10.1007/s11069-017-2797-3
  32. Innucci R., Martino S., Martorelli F., Paciello A., D’Amico S., 2017. Rock mass characterization coupled with seismic noise measurements to analyze the unstable sea cliff of Selmun (Malta), Procedia Engineering, 191, 263-269
  33. Panzera F., Lombardo G., Sicali S., D'Amico S., 2017. Surface geology and morphologic effects on seismic site response: the study case of Lampedusa, Italy. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 98, 62-72, DOI:10.1016/j.pce.2016.08.006 
  34. Pischiutta M., Villani F., D’Amico S., Vassallo M., Cara F., Di Naccio D., Farrugia D., Di Giulio G., Amoroso S., Cantore P., Mercuri A., Famiani D., Galea P., Akinci A., Rovelli A., 2017. Results from shallow geophysical investigations in the northwestern sector of the island of Malta, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, DOI:10.1016/j.pce.2016.10.013
  35. D'Amico S., Evangelidis C., Sokos E., 2016. Studying seismic sources: Theory, methods and applications, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, DOI:10.1016/j.pce.2016.10.009 
  36. Panzera F., Sicali S., Lombardo G., Imposa S., Gresta S., D'Amico S., 2016. A microtremor survey to define the subsoil structure in a mud volcanoes area: the case study of Salinelle (Mt. Etna, Italy). Environ. Earth Sci., 75:1140, DOI 10.1007/s12665-016-5974-x 
  37. Farrugia F., Paolucci E., D'Amico S., Galea P., 2016. Inversion of surface-wave data for subsurface shear-wave velocity profiles characterised by a thick buried low-velocity layer. Geophysical Journal International, 206, 1221-1231, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw204
  38. Panzera F., D'Amico S., Lombardo G., Longo E., 2016. Evaluation of building fundamental periods and effects of local geology on ground motion parameters in the Siracusa area, Italy. Journal of Seismology, 20, 1001-1019, doi:10.1007/s10950-016-9577-5
  39. D'Amico S., 2016. Aftershocks. Science, 353 (6295), 129-129, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8465
  40. Paolucci E., Albarello D., D’Amico S., Lunedei E., Martelli L., Mucciarelli M., Pileggi D., 2015. A large scale ambient vibration survey in the area damaged by May-June 2012 seismic sequence in  Emilia Romagna, Italy. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13, 3187–3206, doi:10.1007/s10518-015-9767-5
  41. Olasolo P., Juárez M.C., Morales M.P., D'Amico S., Liarte I.A., 2015. Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS): A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 56, 133–144, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.11.031
  42. De Pascale F., Bernardo M., Muto F., D’Amico S., Zumbo R., Galea P., Agius M., 2015. Neogeography and seismic risk perception. A comparison between two case studies: Calabria, Southern Italy and Malta. European Journal of Geography, 6, 64-83
  43. Maggipinto T., Biagi P.F., Colella R., Schiavullia L., Ligonzo T., Ermini A., Martinelli G, Moldovan G., Silva H., Contadakis M., Skeberis C., Zaharis Z., Scordilis E., Katzis K., Buyuksarac A., D'Amico S., 2015. The LF radio anomaly observed before the Mw = 6.5 earthquake in Crete on October 12, 2013. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 85, 98-105, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2015.10.010
  44. Agius M., D’Amico S., Galea P., Panzera F., 2014. Performance evaluation of Wied Dalam, (WDD) seismic station in Malta. Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists. 3, 78-86, DOI: 
  45. Orecchio B., Presti D., Totaro C.,  D’Amico S., Neri G., 2014. Seismological analyses in the Calabrian Arc region (southern Italy): investigating the northern edge of the Ionian slab.  Journal of Geodynamics, 88, 23-35, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2015.04.003
  46. Baccheschi P., D’Amico S., 2014. Subduction, volcanism, collision, orogenesis and faults: How do they shape the central Mediterranean region? Journal of Geodynamics. 82, 1-4, doi:
  47. D’Amico S., Cammarata L., Cangemi M., Cavallaro D., Di Martino R., Firetto Carlino M., 2014. Seismic moment tensors and regional stress in the area of the December2013-January 2014, Matese earthquake sequence (Central Italy). Journal of Geodynamics, 82, 118–124, doi:
  48. Galea P., D’Amico S., Farrugia D., 2014. Dynamic characteristics of an active coastal spreading area using ambient noise measurements  (Anchor Bay, Malta), Geophysical Journal International, 199, 1166–1175. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu318
  49. D’Amico S., 2014. Source parameters related to a small earthquake swarm off-shore of Malta (central Mediterranean). Development in Earth Science, 2, 8-13
  50. Vella A., Galea P., D'Amico S., 2013. Site response characterisation of the Maltese islands based on ambient noise HVSR, Engineering Geology, 163, 89-100. doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.06.006
  51. D’Amico S., Lombardo G., Panzera F., 2013. Seismicity of the Mediterranean Region and mitigation of earthquake losses. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 63, 1-2,  doi:10.1016/j.pce.2013.07.001
  52. D'Amico S., Orecchio B., Presti D., Neri G., Wu W.-N., Sandu I., Zhu L., Herrmann R. B., 2013. Source parameters of small and moderate earthquakes in the area of the 2009 L'Aquila seismic sequence (central Italy). Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 63, 77-91, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2013.02.005 
  53. Akinci A., D'Amico S., Malagnini L., Mercuri A., 2013. Scaling earthquake ground motion in the Western Anatolia,Turkey. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 63, 124-135, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2013.04.013
  54. D’Amico S., Galea P., 2013. Earthquake ground motion simulations for the Maltese archipelago. Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists 1, 3-10, doi:10.7423/xjenza.2013.1.01
  55. D’Amico S., Gallipoli R., Mucciarelli M., Vignola L., 2013. The University of Malta (Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit), University of Basilicata and CNR (Italy) operations during the 2012 Emilia Seismic Sequence.  Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists 1, 70-74, doi:10.7423/xjenza.2013.1.08
  56. Panzera F., D’Amico S., Galea P., Lombardo G., Gallipoli R., Pace S., 2013. Geophysical measurements for site response investigation: preliminary results on the island of Malta. Boll. Geo. Teo.  Appl., doi:10.4430/bgta0084
  57. Secomandi M., D’Amico S., Paoletti V., Rapolla A., 2013. Macroseismic attenuation in the Campanian Area (Southern Italy). Izvestiya - Physics of the Solid Earth. 49, 416-425, doi:10.1134/S1069351313020079
  58. Panzera F., D'Amico S., Lotteri A., Galea P., Lombardo G., 2012. Seismic site response of unstable steep slope using noise measurements: the case study of Xemxija bay area, Malta. Natural Hazard and Earth Science System 12, 3421-3431, doi:10.5194/nhess-12-3421-2012
  59. D’Amico S., Akinci A., Malagnini L.,  2012. Predictions of high-frequency ground-motion in Taiwan based on weak motion data, Geophysical Journal International, 189, 611-628, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05367.x 
  60. D’Amico S., Gervasi A., Guerra I., Neri G., Orecchio B., Presti D., Totaro C., 2012. Seismicity and Focal Mechanisms at the Calabro-Lucanian boundary along the Apennine chain (southern Italy), Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., Vol. 21, 778-779
  61. D’Amico S., Orecchio B., Presti D., Gervasi A., Guerra I., Neri G., Zhu L., Herrmann R. B., 2011. Testing the stability of moment tensor solutions for small and moderate earthquakes in the  Calabrian-Peloritan arc region. Boll. Geo. Teor. Appl., 52, 283-298 doi:10.4430/bgta0009
  62. D'Amico S., Galea P., Borg P. R., Lotteri A.,  2011. Earthquake ground-motion scenario: case study for the Xemjia Bay (Malta) area. Proceedings of the International conference of Europen Council of Civil Engineers, 149-160
  63. D’Amico S., Orecchio B., Presti D., Zhu L., Herrmann R. B., Neri G., 2010. Broadband waveform inversion of moderate earthquakes in the Messina straits, Southern Italy, Physics of Earth and Planetary Interiors, 179, 97-106, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2010.01.012
  64. D’Amico S., Koper K. D., Herrmann R. B., Akinci A., Malagnini L., 2010. Imaging the rupture of the Mw 6.3 April 6, 2009 L’Aquila, Italy earthquake using back-projection of teleseismic P-waves. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L03301, doi:10.1029/2009GL042156
  65. D’Amico S., Caccamo D., Parrillo F., Lagana’ C., Barbieri F., 2010. The 20th September 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake (Taiwan): a case of study for its aftershock seismic sequence. Izvestiya - Physics of the Solid Earth. 46, 4, 317-326, doi: 10.1134/S106935131004004X
  66. D’Amico S., Cacciola M., Parrillo F., Morabito F.C., Versaci F., Barrile V., 2009. Heuristic advances in prediction of aftershocks events in seismic sequences. Computer and Geosciences, 35, 245–254, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2008.03.010
  67. Caccamo D., Barbieri F. M., Laganà C., D’Amico S., Parrillo F., 2007. A study about the aftershock sequence of 27 December 2003 in Loyalty Islands. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, 48, 1, 53-63.
  68. Caccamo D., Parrillo F., D’Amico S., Barbieri F. M., Laganà C., 2007. Seismic anomalies in the aftershock sequence of November 16, 2000 in Papua New Guinea, Izvestiya - Physics of the Solid Earth., 43, 662-668, doi:10.1134/S106935130708006X
  69. Caccamo D., D’Amico S., Parrillo F., Barbieri F. M., Laganà C., 2007. Umbria-Marche sequence (central-Italy): a study about its aftershock sequence. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, 48, 385-398 
  70. Barrile V., Cacciola M., D’Amico S., Greco A., Morabito F.C., Parrillo F., 2006. Radial Basis Function Neural Networks to  Foresee Aftershocks in Seismic Sequences Related to Large Earthquakes, Lecture Notes in Computer Science-Neural Information Processing, vol. 4233 Part II, pp. 909-916, ISSN 0302-9743, doi:10.1007/11893257. 
  71. Caccamo D., Barbieri F. M., Laganà C., D’Amico S., Parrillo F., 2005. The temporal series of the New Guinea 29 April 1996 aftershock sequence, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 153, 175-180, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2005.03.007
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