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Institute of
Environmental Geology
and Geoengineering
Study and understanding of geological and natural processes


Research Topics


IGAG belongs to the “Department of Earth System Sciences and Technologies for the Environment” of the CNR.

The Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering of the National Research Council was born in Rome in 2001 from the merger of five previous institutes operating in various fields of geology, engineering, chemistry and geochemistry, thus realizing the integration of skills typical of the sciences earth, geotechnical and mining engineering and environmental chemistry. The mission of the Institute consists in the study and understanding of geological and natural processes and anthropogenic activities that interact with the environment, activities and human life.


The GeoArc Laboratory for Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry include all technical and scientific skills, also analytical instrumentations, of IGAG Department of the Earth Science and

The IGAG Cagliari Department laboratory for Applied photogrammetry is equipped with RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) for proximal sensing survey and monitoring, and several

IGAG Cagliari Department Rock Mechanics Lab is located at the D building of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture Department (DICAAR) of the University of Caglia

As part of the geophysical measurement and testing, the group skills are focused to design dedicated experiments and to geophysical data interpretation, including the development o

The laboratory deals with sedimentological analysis, dry and wet sieving for consultant and for research (mainly recent and ancient volcanoclastic deposits). It is also possible to

The Lab. of Stratigraphy has expertise in stratigraphic drillings through a wide range of manual corers, in sediment description and preservation. The Lab. facilities include tools

The activity of the Environmental Geochemistry and Geochemical Mapping laboratory (GASLAB) is focused on the study on the gas migration processes from shallow and deep geological s

The laboratory of precious metals, represents an external section of the hydrometallurgy laboratory. It is used for the extraction and purification of precious metals (gold and sil

The Stable Isotope Laboratory is part of the larger Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory. The available equipment allows chemical analysis and isotopic abundance measurements of C

The GIS Laboratory provides an environment where IGAG’s researchers work to advance knowledge in the application of geospatial technologies.

Ostra-Lab specializes in processing sediment samples for the extraction of calcareous microfossils, in particular ostracods (crustaceans).

The new IGAG Thin Sections Laboratory in Montelibretti was launched in 2016. The lab is dedicated to the preparation of thin sections for microscopic studies of samples from geolog

The Radiogenic ISOTOPE LABORATORY hosts a Finnigan MAT 262 -RPQ mass spectrometer used for standard Sr and Nd isotope determinations. Our research interests and backgrounds are qui

Fluid inclusions laboratory has been set up in 1984, and it is still operative since then. Originally an USGS-type gas-flow heating-freezing stage was adapted to a Leitz Laborlux 1

Determination of the experimental parameters for the deposition of elements contained in process solutions and into the industrial and mining tailings and waste water, aimed at the

The activity is aimed to valorize primary and secondary raw materials, through the application of hydrometallurgical processes to geo-resources at low content, for the recovery of


Committee composed by Ilaria Mazzini, Laura Sanna, Daniela Guglietta, Federica Polpetta, Gianluca Norini, Marco Cuffaro.

IGAG public lectures

Among the positive aspects of the delicate period that the research experienced last months there was certainly the development and increase of remote scientific communication activities.

Although the emergency has not yet completely disappeared, IGAG intends to capitalize on the scientific dissemination experience proposed between April and July 2020 and restart with the autumn activities for the dissemination of knowledge by inviting researchers from the Institute and other bodies of researches, Italians and foreigners, to hold Public Lectures on topics related to Earth Sciences, environmental geology and geo-engineering.



The main aim of this research line is to advance the knowledge of the Earth system.

The Geo-Environmental Risk Research Topic is addressed to hazard analysis and risk assessment, for planning and management of the territory and emergencies.

This research topic has the objective to improve the knowledge on natural resources.

Ttechnological transfer of knowledge in the field of environmental monitoring, protection and remediation, coherently with the principles of circular economy.