The Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) was founded in 2001 as a result of the re-organisation process of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). IREA carries out research in the fields of remote sensing and electromagnetic monitoring of the environment aimed at territory surveillance and management, security and risk assessment, including the one resulting from exposure to electromagnetic fields. The research activities focus on the study of methodologies and technologies for acquisition, processing, fusion and interpretation of images and data obtained by electromagnetic sensors operating on satellites, aircraft and in situ, and for dissemination of the extracted information. In addition, methodologies and technologies are developed for the construction of infrastructures for geospatial data and biomedical applications of electromagnetic fields. Finally, activities of investigation, research and experimentation on the public communication of science are carried out, as well as activities on science education.
The research activities focus on 5 main topics:
o Microwave Remote Sensing
o Optical Remote Sensing
o Electromagnetic Diagnostics
o Geographic Information Systems
IREA is also involved in projects of public communication of science and science education.