Valenzano, Istituto di Chimica

Trieste, Istituto Talassografico di Trieste



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V. Auguste Piccard, 54
Santa Croce
34010 Trieste   ITALY
Tel : + 39 040 224 400/ 224 464/ 224 620
Fax : + 39 040 224 437
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Serena Fonda Umani

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

Main sectors of research
physics, chemical oceanography, biological oceanography

Current major projects
Dinoflagellate Categorisation by Neutral Network. An European research project. The main objective of this programme is to automate the identification of marine biological specimens from microscopic images, through the development of a neural based image analysis system.

European research project regarding the formation and transformation processes of organic carbon in the Adriatic Sea.

Research project regarding the mucilage phenomenon in the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Seas.

Monitoring of coastal waters for the Italian Environment Ministry.

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 10 others : 2

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 1100 teaching : 300
others : 300

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 45 )

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 :
RV 'Effevi' : 17 m in lenght ; two main engine :'Iveco' 500 CV ; width : 4.60 m ; cruising speed : >20 knots ; draft : 0.90 m ; berthing : 3 crew, scientists 9 ; displacement : 22.5 tons ; endurance : 1-2 weeks ; the interior hull space provided two laboratories (wet and dry) totaling 15 mē ; the 380/220 V 50 Hz ship service and scientific use, 12/24 DC current is also available, together with running salt and freshwater in the labs ; a light oceanographic winch, davit, hydraulic crane and A-frame loads up to 1.0 tons are installed

Other major research facilities and equipment
major research equipments : Idronaut CTD profiler and SEA-TECH fluorometer ; Biospherical profiling natural fluorometer PNF-300 ; Perkin Elmer spectrophotometer, spectrofluorometer, flowspectrofluorometer, HPLC ; Alliance autoanalyzer ; Coulter counter Multisizer II ; Leitz and Zeiss inverted microscopes ; Leitz light and epifluorescence microscopes ; usual equipments for chemical analyses, for microbiological analyses ; plankton nets ; several PCs

Ecosystem types available nearby
coastal areas, estuaries, lagoons

Areas of taxonomic expertise
picoplankton, nanoplankton, microphytoplankton, microzooplankton, netzooplankton, microphytobenthos, macrobenthos

Specimen collections
yes no
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Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no

Capacity and brief description of library
7500 volumes, 100 ancient books (1700), 500 periodicals

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


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