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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

CIMA - Centro di Ricerca Interuniversitario in Monitoraggio Ambientale (Interuniversity Research Center of Environmental Monitoring) - is a Public Institution of Research and Technology Cooperation. Though first created by the University of Genoa in March 1996, it was established in July 2000 by the University of Genoa and the University of Basilicata. CIMA's mission is to advance science and engineering in fields related to environment and to supply transfer of technology and training through the following:

  • Basic and applied research in environment related areas

  • Publishing research results

  • Designing and implementing prototype projects in view of transfer of technology and cooperation

  • Organizing brief courses, workshops and summer schools on environmental issues

  • Research training for doctorate and graduate students

  • Supporting Doctoral and post-Doctoral research positions in environmental sciences and engineering

  • Collaborative research and exchange programs with other institutions of environmental research

  • Hosting visiting scientists and technical staff.


AREAS OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER      

ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING AND REMOTE SENSING
- Remote Sensing of Hydrologic State Variables and Fluxes
- Data Fusion and Data Assimilation
- Meteorological Radars
- Global Precipitation Monitoring
- Soil Moisture Measurement
- Real Time Identification and Monitoring of Incoming Storms
- Image Processing and Pattern Recognition
- Applied Modeling of the Marine Ecosystem

HYDROLOGIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
- Hydrologic Processes
- Floods, Flood Warning, and Flood Control
- Prediction of Storm's Land Effects
- Distributed and Semi-Distributed Modeling
- Optimal Scale of Representation of Hydrologic Processes
- Droughts
- River Training
- Coastal Engineering
- Hydrology and Hydraulics of Porous Media

HYDROMETEOROLOGY
- Rainfall Structure and Dynamics
- Coherent Patterns in Precipitation Fields
- Properties of Convective Precipitation
- Simplified Models of Atmospheric Convection
- Rainfall Downscaling Models

HYDROCLIMATOLOGY                                                                                 
- Climate Predictability
- Effects of Climatic Variability on the Hydrologic Cycle and on Local Hydrologic Processes
- Soil, Vegetation, and Atmosphere Interactions
- Impact of Climate Variability and Change
- Desertification Risk

PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
- Identification and Management of Flood Prone Areas
- Urban and Territorial Planning and Re-qualification
- Forest Fire Risk Assessment and Management
- Vulnerability Assessment of Complex Territorial Systems
- Pre-operative and Dynamic Resource Allocation for Natural Disaster Management
- Integrated Water Resources Management
- Urban Solid Waste Planning and Management
- Renewable Resources Exploitation for Energy Production

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND REMEDIATION
- Modeling of Reactive Chemicals Transport
- Soil and Water Characterization
- Waste-Waters Treatment: Membrane, Biofilm and Electrochemical Reactors
- Contaminated Soils Treatment: Soil Washing With Emulsions, Bioventing
- Non Point Source Pollution Modeling
- Water Quality Models

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL PROCESSES
- Fuel Cells and New Materials Development
- Hydrogen Transportation and Storage, CO2 Sequestration
- Data Analysis and Parameters Estimation
- Sensitivity Analysis of Model Outputs
- Parametric Sensitivity, Non-Linear Dynamics and Process Control

MODELING,CONTROL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
- Decision Support Systems for Environmental Management
- Geographic Information Systems for Risk Management
- Environmental Information System Design and Implementation
- Risk Management of Hazardous Material Transportation
- Optimal Routing of Hazardous Material Transportation
- Live and Dead Fuel Moisture Modeling
- Fire Propagation Modeling
- Web Based Remote Control of Remediation Devices                   
             

                                                                               
Thanks to its research activities, the University of Genoa has recognized CIMA as an institution of high productivity, providing more than half of the global productivity rate of all the Research Centers of the University of Genoa.

CIMA's scientific expertise, Research and Development of Advanced Technology in Environmental Monitoring, Territory Planning and Civil Protection, Decontamination of Industrial Sites and Water Quality Monitoring are all accurately documented by the projects carried out at the Center.

Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente Ligure (Regional Agency for the Preservation of the Ligurian Environment) - Development of a procedure to reconstruct historical discharge data at daily scale.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department) - Research and Study for the national coverage with a network of meteorological radars.

Regione Liguria (Liguria Region) - Meteorological Radar Advancement. Management and Supervision of the Settepani meteorological radar. Technical Assistance to the Civil Protection Service in case of intense meteorological events.

MIUR - Programma Operativo Nazionale (MIUR - National Operational Program). Research and Technical Advancement in the strategic sectors of Southern Italy. The "Development of Industrial Districts for Earth Observations" Project.

Regione Piemonte INTERREG III B Medocc Progetto AMPHORE (Piedmont Region - ITERREG III B Medocc, AMPHORE Project) - Application of methodologies of hydro-meteorological forecast for environmental risk evaluation.

FISR - Fuel and Melted-Carbonate Cell Plants. Development and setup of cell, stack and system components towards the enhancement of the performances of MCFC plants in view of their prospective commercialization.

Regione Liguria (Liguria Region) - Identification of flood-prone areas along the Centa River within river-basin planning procedures.

Regione Basilicata (Basilicata Region) - Preliminary and Final Design of the System of Functional Centres for Civil Protection.

Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente Ligure (Regional Agency for the Preservation of the Ligurian Environment) - Application of hydrology modeling and definition of specific techniques for stage-discharge analyses.

Comune di Finale (Township of Finale) - Monitoring of refluent waters at the phyto-purification Plant of the village of Olle.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department) - Study and technical-scientific support for the collection and mosaiking of meteorological-radar data.

COS(OT) - Studies and Research commissioned by the Italian Space Agency for the implementation of a preliminary project of Earth observation within the National System of Flood Protection..

Telespazio S.p.a. - Study and development of an integrated system of flood-risk management for insurance and re-insurance purposes.

Provincia di Savona (Province of Savona) - Notes and specifications for the Piano Territoriale Coordinamento (Territorial Coordination Plan)

Provincia di Savona (Province of Savona) - Study and publications on Harbour Activities and Logistics.

Provincia di Cuneo (Province of Cuneo) - Special Agreement concerning the development of activities related to the implementation of the Project called "Rives", EU Project - Interreg III A 2000-2006 Alcotra Italy-France.

Regione autonoma Valle d'Aosta (Autonomous Region of theValley of Aosta) - Analysis of the regionalization of rainfall and discharge and implementation of the hydrological and hydraulic modeling for hydro-geological risk prevention.

Regione Marche (Marche Region) - Testing of a system for the modeling of river floods in the hydrographic basins of the Marche Region and for the validation and characterization of the hydrological data banks in relation with pluviometric, hydrometric and meteorological observations and with acquired data from the telemetering monitoring networks.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department) - Agreement for the implementation of a directive of the President of the Council of Ministers of February 27th 2004, "Operational Courses of Actions for the organizational and functional management of the National and Regional System of Alert of Hydrological and Hydraulic Risk for civil protection purposes", published in the Supplemento Ordinario N░ 39 of the Gazzetta Ufficiale N░59 of March 11th 2004.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department) - Services of operational management and technological innovation of the modeling chains for hydro-geological and fire risks.

Telecom Spa - Study of the vulnerability to the hydraulic risk of the Telecom Italia premises.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department) - 2005-2008 finalized "Proscenio" program. Up-dating of the scenarios and of the technological innovation of operational procedures, observation and estimate tools, validation rules and of the probability of hydro-geological, hydraulic and fire risks.


 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                               

Prof. GIORGIO ROTH, Director
Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Telematica, University of Genoa
(
Giorgio@cima.unige.it) 019/230271

Prof. AURELIA SOLE, Vice-director
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Fisica dell'Ambiente, University of Basilicata
(
sole@unibas.it)

Prof. LUCA FERRARIS
Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Telematica, University of Genoa
(
lf@cima.unige.it) 019/230271

Prof. ROBERTO SACILE
Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Telematica, University of Genoa
(
Robby@dist.unige.it) 019/230271

Prof. VITO TELESCA
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Fisica dell'Ambiente, University of Basilicata
(
tedesca@unibas.it)

RAFFAELLA RAVERA, Administrative Secretary
Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Telematica, University of Genoa
(
raffi@dist.unige.it) 010/35328
 

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