Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Roma 2 section – Marine Unit RIDGE
The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) is the main Italian research institution in Earth Sciences operating in the field of Geophysics and Volcanology. The main subjects developed at INGV relate to the Physics of the Earth, and include Geomagnetism, Geology, Geodesy, Paleomagnetism, Seismology, Geodynamics, Geochemistry, Rheology, Marine Geophysics, Physics of the High Atmosphere, Dynamic Climatology.
NEAREST Project – sub-priotity 18.104.22.168-IV2.2 29 The activities related to marine geophysics started in early ‘90s within scientific and technological projects funded by the European Commission for the development of seafloor multidisciplinary observatories (co-ordinator of GEOSTAR [MAS3-CT95-0007], GEOSTAR-2 [MAS3-CT98-0183] and ORION-GEOSTAR-3 [EVK3-2001-00022]) able to perform autonomous and long-term monitoring down to 4000 m. INGV also participated to the ASSEM project [EVK3-CT-2001-00051], and to the ESONET project [EVK3-CT-2002- 80008]) the former addressed to the development operation of the shallow water of the Corinth Gulf array of sensors for geo-hazards and the latter as support action to the future development of a seafloor network all around Europe from the Norwegian margin to the Black Sea.
INGV manages the first European seafloor observatory in real-time deployed offshore Eastern Sicily at 2060 m w.d. (SN-1) funded by Italian governmental entities, which is also the first operative site of the future European seafloor observatory network. In the framework of the above projects INGV has gained experience in the setting-up of
seafloor observation systems and in the multidisciplinary analysis of geophysical, geochemical and environmental long-term time series. The experience in marine geophysics also include the participation since early ‘90s to sea cruise and the elaboration of acquired data in collaboration with other Italian and European institutions (e.g., ISMAR-CNR, ConISMa, Alfred Wegener Institute, Ifremer, IFM/GEOMAR, University of Hamburg) in the frame of EC projects (e.g., TYDE, ) and national project funded by the Italian Education, University and Research Ministry (APALBES, MABEL).
Role of the Partner:
INGV will be the leader of the work package related to the detection and analysis of signals associable to the occurrence of tsunamis at seafloor and in the water column by a seafloor platform with multiparameter long-term monitoring platform capabilities.