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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Beyond EPICA Deep Drilling Campaign Begins in Antarctica

Press release 01/12/2022

The Little Dome C site in Antarctica has reopened for the second ice core drilling campaign of the international research project coordinated by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the CNR (National Research Council of Italy). By analysing the ice cores extracted from the deep ice in Antarctica, the project aims to obtain information dating back to 1.5 million years ago, regarding the evolution of temperature, the composition of the atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. The team includes 15 people and aims to start deep drilling to reach depths of a few hundred metres

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

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

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

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)