Trieste, Dipartimento di Oceanologia e Geofisica Ambientale - DOGA

Taranto, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico



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Fondazione IMC -
LocalitÓ "Sa Mardini"
09072 Torregrande - Oristano   ITALY
Tel : + 39 0783 22027/22032/22136
Fax : + 39 0783 22002
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Renato Covacci

Type of activities
research only academic, education
  policy/planning long term monitoring
other: conservation/protection

Main sectors of research
Coastal ecology, Ecosystem-scale processes & land use, Population genetics & evolution, Systematics & taxonomy, Living resources (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture), Ecotoxicology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physiology, Water quality & pollution, Environmental impact assessment, Environment & health, Sediments & sedimentary processes, Geomorphological processes, Biogeochemical cycles, Ocean circulation, Ocean-atmosphere interactions, Climate & climate change, Regional weather & extreme events modelling ( Hydrodynamical, oil spill)

Current major projects
Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 16 others : 7

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 1200 teaching : 120
others : 180

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 100 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :

Differential GPS, telemetry. Innotech Coastal Lagrangian Drifter, Scientific Simrad EK500 echosounder (38,120 and 710kHz), Endeco/YSI V-Fin 850 depressor towed body. Plankton sampler.

Other major research facilities and equipment
Field equipment: Scuba diving equipment, multiparometric probe, differential GPS, field instruments for physical-chemical parameters in water (pH, Eh, O2, salinity temperature, conductivity). Field video system including: remote controlled cameras for large and small field views,. remote controlled mechanical arm for displacing video camera, telemetry, sediment corers. Radio transmittable video data acquisition, radio transmittable acquisition of abiotic parameters (temperature, current).
Laboratory facilities & equipment: Workstations, microscopes, sieves laser granulometer, Spectrophotometer, Respirometry, Flow Tanks. Laminar flow hood, Elctrophoresis system, Freezer –80°C, Digital Camera and Gel image analysis software, High speed centrifuge, PCR system, all necessary equipment extraction of nucleic acids, DNA fragment analysis system, Video camera monitoring system, High speed video camera system (1000 frames per s) Self –tracking camera, Time lapse recording system, Fish tanks for behavioural observations. Chemical laboratory for colorimetric analysis, Dionex DX 500 – Ionic chromatographer, TOC-Total organic carbon analyser – Shimadzu 5000A, Galai CIS 1 laser grain size analyser, Multiscope-Matra – Cap System for image processing of aerial photos and satellite images.
Large storage facilities for samples: Wet Labs, Building annexed.

Ecosystem types available nearby
wetlands, seagrass meadows, river's estuary, sandy beaches, rocky shores, marine natural reserve

Areas of taxonomic expertise
Mediterranean fishes, macroalgae, phytoplankton, seaweeds

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    fishes, seagrasses, phytoplankton, algae

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
housing accomodation up to 10 people

Training courses
yes no
advanced courses, international conferences, summer schools

Capacity and brief description of library
major journals and books in the activity fields since 1998 ; remote connections witn CNR libraries

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
  international academic
private other: charity / foundation


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