The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Sara Bruni for her innovative contributions to global and regional reference-frame studies bridging the gap to other fields of geosciences, such as geodynamics.
Sara Bruni obtained her PhD in 2016 from both the University of Bologna, Italy, and the Observatoire de Paris, France. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Bologna where she has been working on a wide range of topics. While she has focused on the application of space ties for the improvement of reference frames at the global level in her PhD studies, she has investigated regional reference frame issues such as crustal deformations and their impacts on sea-level changes in the Mediterranean Sea area. In particular, using space and terrestrial geodetic datasets, she has contributed modelling of the vertical deformation across the Po River plain. Along the northern Adriatic coast, this has allowed revising estimates of sea-level change obtained by centennial tide gauge time series. Her research interests include also gravity studies, with focus on separating the geometric and mass contributions in continuous gravity time series, both at long and short time scales.