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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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

11th International symposium on digital earth (Isde 11). 'Digital Earth in a transformed society'

Event 24/09/2019-27/09/2019

The ISDE symposia series is one of the major scientific events aiming to establish a solid foundation for academic exchange and international collaboration with regard to the enrichment of the Digital Earth concept, the advancement of Digital Earth technology and the development of Digital Earth applications worldwide

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

Conference 'Climate Change, Health of the Planet and Future of Humanity'

Cnr President speech

On november15th, 2018, Casina Pio IV in Vatican City hosted a conference co-organized by the National Research Council of Italy and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, aimed at presenting scientific results and future scenarios anticipating COP24 in Katowice in december 2018. 

The Hydrology Group of Irpi-Cnr wins the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

News 04/12/2018

The Hydrology Group of Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) from the National Research Council, Italy, has won the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge as part of the International Copernicus Masters competition. By using Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 satellites, the Hydrology Group at IRPI developed an algorithm to provide estimates of water used for irrigation every day at the field scale

Climate change, oceans and marine resources

News 12/11/2018

Understanding which is the response of the oceans to climate change and how climate change will influence fisheries and food supply from marine resources, is the aim of a recent study of the Institute of Information Science and Technology 'A. Faedo' (Cnr-Isti) in collaboration with Fao, published on the 'International Journal of Digital Earth'. The scientific paper reports the projections of several environmental parameters (ice concentration, sea and air temperature, salinity, primary production, and precipitation) on 5 years between 1950 and 2100, under different conditions of greenhouse gases emissions

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

How good (or bad) are 885 European cities in planning for climate change?

Press Release 10/05/2018

A new study from a European-wide group of researchers, including the Institute of Metodologies for Environmental Analysis of Italian National Research Council, reports the state of local planning for climate change by collecting and analysing information about local climate mitigation and adaptation plans across 885 urban areas of the EU-28