Genova, Laboratori di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Animale

Genova, Istituto di Scienze Ambientali Marine



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Passo Osservatorio, 4
16134 Genova   ITALY
Tel : + 39 010 24 431
Fax : + 39 010 261 400
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Contrammiraglio A. Liaci

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
other: hydrography, cartography

Main sectors of research
waves atlas of Mediterranean Sea, electronic nautical chart (ENC) - IMO/IHO COMLIANT

Current major projects
Information Bathymetric System (IBS)

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 20 others : 202

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 120 teaching : 50
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 20 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 3
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 3
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
'Mirto', 'Pioppo' and 'Magnagi' ;
echo-sounder type atlas and elac, GPS system, wavemeter, tide gauge, submarine TV system, etc.

Other major research facilities and equipment
n2 truck for hydrographic exploitations and small vessels transportation ; n 6 off-road cars for hydrographic/geodetic expedition

Ecosystem types available nearby
Multibeam ; Side Scan Sonars ; RDV System

Areas of taxonomic expertise
hydrography, geodesy, oceanography, nautical cartography

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no
courses for hydrographic naval officers and no commissioned officers (category "A") ; courses for hydrographic naval petty officers ; courses for magnetic compass compesators naval petty officers

Capacity and brief description of library
nearly 30 000 books about navigation, cartography and similar subjects, collection of 3000 naval atlas and maps, newspaper library of 300 magazines (the library is open to the public)

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


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