Elisa Casella

Dr. Elisa Casella

Senior Scientist

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Office: Wiener Str. 7
28359 Bremen
Room: 5204 (2nd floor)

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Research interests

- coastal monitoring methods using UAV platforms (aerial vehicles) and Photogrammetry
- coastal erosion and flooding
- UAV platforms as new technology to study coastal environment and coastal changes
- numerical modeling and regional physical oceanography


Peer-reviewed journals

Carlot, J., Rovère, A., Casella, E., Harris, D., Grellet-Muñoz, C., Chancerelle, Y., E. Dormy, L. Hedouin, V. Parravicini. 2020. Community composition predicts photogrammetry-based structural complexity on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, 1-9.

Casella, E., Drechsel, J, Winter, C., Benninghoff, M., Rovere, A. 2020. Accuracy of sand beach topography surveying by drones and photogrammetry. Geo-Marine Letters, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00367-020-00638-8

Castellanos-Galindo, G. A., Casella, E., Mejía-Rentería, J. C., Rovere, A. 2019. Habitat mapping of remote coasts: Evaluating the usefulness of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation and monitoring. Biological Conservation, 239, 108282.

Mejía-Rentería, J. C., Castellanos-Galindo, G. A., Osorio-Cano, J. D., Casella, E. 2019. Subaerial exposure of coral reefs during spring low tides in the eastern Pacific. Bulletin of Marine Science.

Collin A., Ramambason C., Pastol Y., Casella E., Rovere A., Thiault L., Espiau B., Nakamura N., Siu G., Hench J., Schmitt R., Holbrook S., Troyer M., Davies N., 2018. Very high resolution mapping of coral reef state using airborne bathymetric LiDAR surface-intensity and drone imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2018.1500072

Harris D. L., Rovere A., Casella E., Power H., Canavesio R., Collin A., Pomeroy A., Webster J. M., Parravicini V. 2018. Coral reef structural complexity provides important coastal protection from waves under rising sea levels. Science advances, 4(2), eaao4350.

Rovere, A., Casella, E., Harris, D.L., Lorscheid, T., Nandasena, N.A., Dyer, B., Sandstrom, M.R., Stocchi, P., D'Andrea, W.J. and Raymo, M.E., 2017. Giant boulders and Last Interglacial storm intensity in the North Atlantic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Lorscheid, T., Stocchi, P., Casella, E., Gómez-Pujol, L., Vacchi, M., Mann, T., & Rovere, A. 2017. Paleo sea-level changes and relative sea-level indicators: Precise measurements, indicative meaning and glacial isostatic adjustment perspectives from Mallorca (Western Mediterranean). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 473, 94-107.

Casella, E., Collin, A., Harris, D., Ferse, S., Bejarano, S., Parravicini, V., Hench, J.L. and Rovere, A., 2016. Mapping coral reefs using consumer-grade drones and structure from motion photogrammetry techniques. Coral Reefs, pp.1-7. doi:10.1007/s00338-016-1522-0

Rovere, A., Raymo, M. E., Vacchi, M., Lorscheid, T., Stocchi, P., Gómez-Pujol, L., Harris D.L., Casella E., O’Leary M.J., Hearty, P. J. 2016. The analysis of last interglacial (MIS 5e) relative sea-level indicators: reconstructing sea-level in a warmer world. Earth-Science Reviews, 159, 404-427.

Casella E., Rovere A., Pedroncini A., Stark C. P., Casella M., Ferrari M., Firpo M. 2016. Drones as tools for monitoring beach topography changes in the Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean). Geo-Marine Letters, DOI: 10.1007/s00367-016-0435-9.

Casella E., Rovere A., Pedroncini A., Mucerino L., Casella M., Cusati L. A., Vacchi M., Ferrari M., Firpo M. 2014. Study of wave runup using numerical models and low-altitude aerial photogrammetry: a tool for coastal management. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.08.012.

Rovere A., Casella E., Vacchi M., Parravicini V., Firpo M., Ferrari M., Morri C., Bianchi C.N. 2014. Coastal and marine geomorphology between Albenga and Savona (NW Mediterranean Sea, Italy), Journal of Maps, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2014.933134.

Casella E., Tepsich P., Couvelard X., Caldeira, R.M.A., Schroeder, K. 2014. Ecosystem dynamics in the Liguro-Provençal Basin: the role of eddies in the biological production. Mediterranean Marine Science. DOI: 10.12681/mms.520.

Rebora, N., Molini, L., Casella, E., Comellas, A., Fiori, E., Pignone, F., Siccardi, F., Silvestro, F., Tanelli, S., Parodi, A. 2012. Extreme rainfall in the Mediterranean: what can we learn from observations? J. Hydrometeor., DOI:10.1175/JHM-D-12-083.1.

Caldeira, R. M. A., Couvelard, X., Casella, E., and Vetrano, A. 2012. Asymmetric eddy populations in adjacent basins – a high resolution numerical study of the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian Seas. Ocean Sci. Discuss., 9, 3521-3566, doi:10.5194/osd-9-3521-2012.

Casella, E., Molcard, A., Provenzale, A. 2011. Mesoscale vortices in the Ligurian Sea and their effect on coastal upwelling processes. Journal of Marine System, 88 12–19.


Ph.D. Thesis

Casella E.: Numerical simulation of mesoscale processes in the Ligurian Sea.
Ph.D. Thesis, 2010. oai:tel.archives-ouvertes.fr:tel-00533713.