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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Life 2017. Information and Networking Event

Event 31/05/2017

31 May 2017, Brussels - Information & Networking Event on the 2017 funding opportunities for green technology, nature conservation and climate projects under the EU's LIFE programme. As part of the EU Green Week, the European Commission is organising an information and networking event to advise applicants on the LIFE programme's 2017 call for traditional projects. The call for proposals will be launched on 28 April, with deadlines in September 2017

Tyrrhenian Magmatism & Mantle Exhumation (TIME) 5-7 June 2017, Bologna

Event 5/06/2017-7/06/2017

Upcoming Workshop of the MagellanPlus Programme will be held in Bologna, Italy: 5-7 June 2017. Dr Nevio.Zitellini (CNR-Ismar) among the organizers. Registration deadline: April, 30th 2017. Members of the scientific community interested in contributing to the workshop are invited to submit an expression of interest with a short CV by April 30, 2017 to nevio.zitellini@bo.ismar.cnr. Researchers will be accepted on the basis of their research interest related to the goals of the workshop (download the flyer at the end of this page). Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the first week of May.

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

Third DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Nicolosi (Etna), Italy, 28 August-2 September 2017

Event 28/08/2017-02/09/2017

The Deep Carbon Observatory, in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences of Sapienza University (Rome), is hosting its third Early Career Scientist Workshop in Nicolosi (Etna), Italy, 28 August-2 September 2017. This workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Building on the success of the first and second DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops, this third workshop (~50 scientists) of early career researchers will continue to foster collaboration and community within the ever expanding DCO Science Network


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. Therefore, this document can be considered a useful tool to support decisions and implementation processes with reliable, updated and complete information, to be addressed to policy makers (e.g. for the MSFD)

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

Italian alpine glacier now accelerating after 7000 years

Press release 31/01/2017

An international study, in which the Istituto per la dinamica dei processi ambientali of Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Idpa-Cnr) was involved, and which was published in The Cryosphere, found that the deepest and oldest ice from Mt. Ortles (3905 m, South Tyrol, Italy) started to move for the first time since the period of the famous Tyrolean Iceman. The first Alpine ice cores drilled to bedrock in an Eastern Alps glacier, only 37 km from where the Tyrolean Iceman was discovered, suggest that the flow of the highest glacier of South Tyrol is now accelerating and that this is unprecedented in 7000 years

New technology to watch the sea in 3D

Press release 01/02/2017

Looking at waves in the open sea with ‘electronic eyes', so as to reconstruct it in 3D, scientists at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Institute of Marine Sciences of the National Research Council (Ismar-Cnr) and the found that exceptionally high waves are more common than previously assumed by theoretical models. The study, published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography, has been carried out in the Adriatic Sea, but the result is of global importance because it concerns the behavior of waves in all seas

Modeling Spatial and Spatio-temporal Data with Environmental Applications

Event 19th-23rd June 2017

The school ABS17 (2017 Applied Bayesian Statistics School) , organised by CNR IMATI (Milano) and Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche, Università Cattolica, Milano,  in cooperation with Fondazione "Alessandro Volta", Como, aims to present state-of-the-art Bayesian applications, inviting leading experts in their field. Each year a different topic is chosen. The topic chosen for the 2017 school is  Modeling Spatial and Spatio-temporal Data with Environmental Applications .  The lecturer is: Prof. Bruno Sansó , University of California at Santa Cruz, USA. He will be assisted by Dr. Annalisa Cadonna (University of Wien, Austria) for the practical sessions.