Leone Barbieri


  • Climate models
  • Climate services
  • Insurance
  • Capacity building
Coming from a family of farmers, Leone had to decide whether to become an olive oil producer or a physicists. He was attracted by the use of scientific methods to understand the living world: plants, animals, planet Earth. He started his career as an oceanographer and climate modeller. But that was not quite what he was looking for. So, he decided to quit the comfort of academic research for a journey in the real world: travelling to Africa, talking to farmers, hearing their stories, understanding the terrific challenge of living under the constant threat of climate variability and cooperating with them on innovative methods for managing weather risk. This journey changed his perception of working as a climate scientist. It’s not only about science. It’s about using our knowledge to take decisions and live a better life.