National Research Council - Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering - Italy

As part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), The Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering (IGAG) is located in Rome and employs over 150 people including researchers, technicians, and administrative staff of which 70 university's associates. The Institute is involved in various issues like dangerous waste processing, water geochemical analysis, and mineralurgic research. Among these, the protection from natural disasters, with particular reference to the effects of earthquakes in urban areas with high historical or archeological value, is a priority field of interest. Thanks to the skills of its researchers and the experience gained during the many years of scientific activity, in June 2006 CNR-IGAG has been acknowledged as Center of Competence of the Italian Department of Civil Protection for the evaluation of geological hazards occurring in the Italian territory, both on land and sea.In the framework of the research activity carried out for civil protection purposes, the Institute is working on the realization of a Geographical Information System for the management of geohazard and for the definition of geological-geotechnical models aimed at the seismic microzonation of urban areas. On this regard, the Institute is also working to assess geohazard and realize the seismic microzonation of relevant Cultural Heritage sites, both in Italy and abroad.