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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The sea at the end of the earth: the italian research in Antarctica

Video October 2017

The documentary, filmed in Antarctica and produced by the Cnr webtv, was presented at the International Science Festival 2017 at the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Anna University Campus in Chennai, India. The research activities in Antarctica are carried out within the ‘Programma nazionale di ricerche in Antartide’ (Pnra), promoted and financed by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (Miur). The logistic execution is entrusted by the National agency for new technologies, energy and the sustainable economic development (Enea). The scientific coordination is controlled by Cnr, National Research Council

Conservation of spiders in Italy

Event 06/02/2018

Despite their ecological importance and their diversity spiders are still underrepresented in conservation policies and biology, especially compared to other invertebrate groups. We report a brief overview on spider conservation in Europe, including an outline on European Red Lists

7th International symposium 'Monitoring of Mediterranean coastal areas: problems and measurement techniques'

Event 19/06/2018-21/06/2018

Fondazione Livorno Euro Mediterranea - piazza del Pamiglione 1-2 Livorno (Italy). The Institute of Biometeorology - National Research Council of Italy (Ibimet-Cnr) is organizing, in collaboration with other Cnr Institutes and University Departments, the seventh International Symposium: 'Monitoring of Mediterranean coastal Areas: problems and measurement techniques', aimed at Mediterranean researchers

Marine viruses propel the food web in the dark ocean

Press Release 13/11/2017

If the ocean depths are populated by fishes and other marine creatures, the merit is also of the viruses that, by continuously infecting microbial plankton, release nutrients that can be essential to support the marine food chain. These are the conclusions of a study published on Science Advances and conducted by an Italian-Spanish research team involving the Institute of Marine Science of the National Research Council (Ismar-Cnr) and the Spanish counterpart Institute of Marine Sciences of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Icm-Csic)

TECO Project 2014 - 2018

Call for proposals

The impact of industrial development on the environment has been often severe and many times dramatically destructive. The project is coordinated by CNR (National Research Council, Italy) with the partnership of NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Insitute, India). TECO will be active to December 2018.

Jellyfish: Disgusting? Useful!

News 07/11/2017

Ispa-Cnr participates in European research project on the use of jellyfish blooms as solutions for producing new products

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

Seismic Hazards Implications of Uplifted Pleistocene Coral Terraces in the Gulf of Aqaba


A new stydy by Cnr-Ismar researchers on seismic hazards, recently published on, Scientific Reports, 7, Article number: 38 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00074-2

DTA/21-2016 - The italian contribution to the IOC Global Ocean Science Report


The Italian Oceanographic Commission (COI), as National Coordination Body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ( of UNESCO, has been requested to contribute to the production of the IOC Global Ocean Science Report (GOSR) with national information