S. Agata di Messina, Dipartimento di Ecologia Marina

Pozzuolo di Lerici, Istituto per lo studio dell' Oceanografia Fisica



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Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca Scientifica
e Tecnologica Applicata al Mare
Via di Casalotti, 300
00166 Roma   ITALY
Tel : + 39 06 615 701
Fax : + 39 06 615 505 81
Email : attiliorinaldi@tin.it
Web Site : www.icram.org
Director : Dr Attilio Rinaldi

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

Main sectors of research
monitoring of water, sediments & biota, marine protected areas, sea coast & sea bottom management, sustainable fishery management, sustainable aquaculture, marine environmental damage, species protection, global climate change

Current major projects
- monitoring of phenomenon of mucilages ;
- project "AFRODITE" : characterization study of the core zone of 15 mpa's ;
- offshore monitoring ;
- guide line on harbour dredging ;
- guide line on sustainable aquaculture ;
- project "ACAB".

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 28 others : 21

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 2466 teaching : 1839
others : 2120

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 100 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 3
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
(inflatables, 1 r.t.d.)

Other major research facilities and equipment
analysis laboratories equipped with atomic absorption spectrophotometer and gas chromatographs (with different detectors including one coupled with a mass spectrometer and FTIR spectrophotometer) ; sound analysis instruments ; G.I.S. ; instruments for the collection of data in the field (multiparameter probes, sediments-sampling instruments, R.O.V., scuba diving equipment, acoustic buoys, hydrophone array, sonic depth finders)

Ecosystem types available nearby
coastal systems

Areas of taxonomic expertise

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
bus-shuttle to ICRAM from underground/station/airport and back

Training courses
yes no
ICRAM represents a point of reference for the Ministry of the Environment in the training sector as regards topics related to the knowledge and care of the marine environment

Capacity and brief description of library
The ICRAM library, opened in 1988, is specialized in braches of learning related to sea fishery, aquaculture and monitoring of coastal water, sediments and environments. It contains some 3000 volumes and currently subscribes to about 100 periodicals (for a total collection of more than 800 annual volumes).

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


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes