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

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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

TECO Project 2014 - 2018

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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

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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)

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