Trieste, Istituto Talassografico di Trieste

Torregrande - Oristano, International Marine Centre



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Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia
e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS
Borgo Grotta Gigante, 42/c
34010 Trieste   ITALY
Tel : + 39 040 214 02 01
Fax : + 39 040 214 02 66
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Renzo Mosetti

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
physical oceanography, marine ecosystem modeling (sea level, currents...), marine instrumentation, current measurements by ADCPs, wave directional data acquisition, and large scale CTD surveys, monitoring of straits, development of profiling buoys for coastal seas

Current major projects
* At international level :
MFSPP (Mediterranean Forecasting System Pilot Project) sponsored by EU ;
MEDATLAS (Mediterranean Data Base) sponsored by EU ;
MEDNET (Network of Models for the Mediterranean Sea) sponsored by EU ;
MATER (Mass Transfer & Ecosystem Response for the Mediterranean Sea) sponsored by EU.
* At national level :
BOMA (Development of a Meteo-oceanographic Buoy for deep water) sponsored by ENEA ;
PRISMA (Research Program in the Adriatic Sea) sponsored by Ministry of the Research ;
SINAPSI (Long term climatic changes in the Mediterranean) sponsored by CNR ;
TOMPACO (Passive Acoustic Tomography) sponsored by ENEA ;
Monitoring of the Northern Sardinia Coast, sponsored by local authorities ;
SIGMA (Monitoring Program for the Gulf of Trieste) sponsored by local authorities.

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 24 others : 18

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 500 teaching :
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 50 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
'OGS Explora' : geophysical vessel, actually in a phase of transformation into a multipurpose research ship for : deep sea oceanograpy, marine geology & exploration geophysics

Other major research facilities and equipment
calibration center for CTD and current-meters ; several high-performance work station and a four processor Silicon Graphics Computer for modelling development ; availability of a large data base of oceanographic parameters ; many wave directional buoys, ADCP current-meters, CTD and multidisciplinary buoys (meteo-oceanographic)

Ecosystem types available nearby

Areas of taxonomic expertise

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
agreement with the Intern. Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP-UNESCO) for hosting scientists

Training courses
yes no
participation in the training activities of ICTP and IMA (International Maritime Academy) in the field of marine science

Capacity and brief description of library
more than 300 books & major journals in marine science available from more than 30 years

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


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