The Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering (IGAG) of the National Research Council (CNR) was founded in 2002 by regrouping five former research Institutes and Centres that had been active for more than 40 years in their field of expertise.
IGAG, with its staff of 150, covers a wide range of scientific topics in the field of Earth sciences, mainly focusing towards the study of:
1.- Geological processes for the knowledge and mitigation of natural hazards and for the assessment and exploitation of natural resources;
2.- Geomorphological evolution of continental margins and adjoining marine areas for the mitigation of geological hazards;
3.- Soil and fluid geochemistry for environmental assessments;
4.- Site remediation and recovery technologies of industrial waste;
5.- Exploitation and promotion of geological raw materials and safety of disused mining areas;
The Institute has a very extensive equipment with state of the art laboratories and instruments for the chemical, geochemical, radiometric, isotopic, and physical analyses of gases, soils, and waters such as mass spectrometers, electron microprobes, scanning microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, and X-ray fluorescent emission spectrometers, plus special equipments for mineral and fluids processing and for in-field measuremets. A mobile field laboratory has been equipped for the sampling and the preliminary analysis of sediments, soils, and waters and for monitoring Radon fluxes and natural radioactivity through gamma-ray spectrometry. Special field and laboratory equipments are dedicated to the evaluation of the asbestos risk.