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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Prospecting Ocean by Armin Linke

Event 23/05/2018 to 30/09/2018

This May, coinciding with the launch of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia: TBA21–Academy in collaboration with Ismar-Cnr presents an investigative exhibition by the filmmaker and photographer Armin Linke exploring contemporary challenges facing our oceans. Drawing upon rare footage of the deep-sea and interviews with leading scientists, policymakers, and legal experts, the exhibition scrutinizes the aesthetics of technoscientific apparatuses and grapples with the tension between ecological protection of our oceans and political and economic exploitation

Sustainable bioeconomy in the Mountains

Press Review 09/05/2018

The International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) 2018 came to a close this week after two weeks of lessons dedicated to sustainable mountain development in Ormea and Pieve Tesio, Italy. The 11th IPROMO course was jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat/FAO, the University of Turin, University of Tuscia and the city of Ormea. Course activities were organized by the University of Turin (DISAFA-NatRisk), in collaboration with the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI), a division of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Institut Agricole Régional

“Less Plastic More Mediterranean” 2017 Campaign on board of the Rainbow Warrior Greenpeace Ship. ISMAR Final Activity Report


A new study by Cnr-Ismar (Institute of  Marine Sciences, Genoa)  and Polytechnic University of the Marche researchers: the final report activity 'Microplastic investigation in water and trophic chain along the Italian Coast 06/24/2017–07/15/2017

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.

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

Eni and Cnr combine research and innovation capabilities to tackle global challenges

Press Release 07/05/2018

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

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News 13/04/2018

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)

Sentinel-1 provides insight on the 2017 Ischia Earthquake

Press review 22/03/2018

The 2017 Ischia earthquake represents the largest seismic event ever observed with modern techniques over the island. The Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr), activated by the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) as Centre of Competence in radar data processing, analysed and measured the Earth surface displacements induced by the earthquake using Sentinel-1 and COSMO-SkyMed data

Global surface ozone metrics identified for climate change, human health, and crop/ecosystem research

News 11/04/2018

Conclusions from a new metrics assessment based on the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR), an effort by the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project to create the world’s largest database of surface ozone observations from all available ozone monitoring stations around the globe. The paper was published on April 6 in the journal 'Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene': among the authors Cnr-Ipsp researcher Elena Paoletti

The Institute of Research on Combustion (Irc-Cnr)

Video feb 2018

The Institute for Research on Combustion (IRC), founded in 1968, is one of the Institutes of the Department of Engineering, ICT and Energy and Transport Technologies (DIITET) of CNR. The activities are focused on various topics in the field of energy and the environmental impact