The Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering of the Italian National Research Council was established in 2001 from the merging of five former institutes and centres with expertise in different fields of earth sciences, geotechnical end mining engineering and environmental chemistry. The Institute’s mission is to study and understand geological natural processes and human practices interacting with and influencing the human environment, activities, and life.
Strategic research topics are:

bga  Earth’s past and recent-ongoing evolution as a key to envisage and plan the sustainable development of the human environment
  bga  natural and anthropic hazards
  bga  natural resources
  bga  global and local environmental changes
  bga  man-environment interactions

The Institute operates in both fundamental and applied research, facing topics of environmental interest with social fallout, developing different research lines:

- Geological processes for the knowledge and mitigation of natural hazards and for the assessment and exploitation of natural resources

- Geomorphological evolution of continental margins and adjoining marine areas for the mitigation of geological hazards

- Soil and fluid geochemistry for environmental assessments

- Exploitation and promotion of geological raw materials and safety of disused mining areas

- Site remediation and recovery technologies of industrial waste

- Development and application of new technologies related to in situ monitoring of natural or excavated walls and geo-structural and geo-mechanical characterization of rocks

- Geotechnical analysis of deformation and rupture cases in soils and rocks originating from both geological and anthropic processes


Seismic precursors

precursori sismici1A new study by geologists from the Sapienza University of Rome, CNR, and INGV identifies major geochemical anomalies in some spring waters of the Apennine that could constitute valid seismic precursors for the future. "The Prediction of Earthquakes is the Holy Grail of many if not all geologists" thus begins the new scientific article of five Italian geologists in the Sapienza University of Rome (Domenico Barberio, Maurizio Barbieri, Carlo Doglioni and Marco Petitta), CNR ( Andrea Billi) and the INGV (Carlo Doglioni).
The study has just been published on the prestigious Nature Scientific Reports journal: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-11990-8.pdf



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