Earth system science and environmental technologies

The Department of Earth systems science and environmental technologies conducts studies based on the observation of the Earth and on the comprehension of chemical, physical and biological processes governing our planet. In these areas, it is the fundamental reference point for Italian and European policies. The activities range from climate and atmospheric studies to research on aquatic and terrestrial systems and the comprehension of the environmental evolution even through the analysis of data and their implementation into mathematic models. The Department coordinates the National Antarctic Research Programme (PNRA) and it manages the Italian Arctic station “Dirigibile Italia” in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard Islands.

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From Offshore Oil & Gas to Deep Seabed Mining: new technologies and emerging issues

Event 18-19/11/2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Research Council of Italy organize the Workshop “From Offshore Oil & Gas to Deep Seabed Mining: new technologies and emerging issues” with the aim of fostering collaborations and knowledge sharing between the two industry sectors and the academia. We will be bringing together a forum of oil & gas operators, contractors at the forefront of deep seabed mining and scientists to analyze and discuss together several emerging issues in deep seabed operations

N2O, an increasing threat for climate

Press release 02/11/2020

A new study shows that over the recent decades the emissions of nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas mainly caused by the use of fertilizers in agriculture, have been growing at a rapid pace jeopardizing the climate objectives of the Paris agreement. The study, published in Nature, saw the participation of the Cnr Institute of Marine Sciences

Climate Monitoring for Italy

Institutional Area

Monitoring and assessment of the state of the Italian climate: monthly climate bulletins showing the state of the Italian climate and ranking of the latest monthly/seasonal/annual anomaly within the context of the last two centuries of climate variability

Bluemed. The Blue Italian paper

Institutional area

An overview of relevance, obstacles  and proposals of the key sectors for a blue growth, issued by the Cnr Bluemed Working Group

Observational Sistems

Institutional area

CNR operates several multi-parametric observing systems, most of them are placed along the Italian coasts and transmit data in real time to the receiving stations at coast. Some of the systems are not operating in real time now, but can be developed in this direction

The Center for Seismic Microzonation and its applications (CentroMS)

Institutional area

CNR DTA, through CNR IGAG, coordinates the activities of CentroMS with the contribution of a Steering Committee constituted by one representative from each partner. CentroMS aims at providing scientific and technical support to the institutions involved in seismic microzonation and its applications, with particular reference to urban planning and geological, geotechnical and geophysical issues related to the management of seismic emergencies

Radon rEal time monitoring System and Proactive Indoor Remediation

Institutional Area

The project LIFE-RESPIRE  is realized with the financial contribution of the European Union LIFE programme(LIFE16 ENV/IT/000553)