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The Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA) is part of the Department of Earth and Environment of the National Council of Research (CNR), and is currently the only CNR Institute having its headquarters in the Basilicata Region (CNR Research Area of Potenza and the detached Centre of Marsico Nuovo in Val d’Agri).
Right from the start the IMAA research activity has been devoted to the development and the integration of satellite, airborne and ground-based “Earth Observation Technologies” with the aim of studying environmental and geophysical processes. The Institute’s activities fall within the following four axes:

  • satellite, airborne and ground-based Earth Observation for the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere plus their interactions both for the development of meteo-climatic applications and risk prediction, prevention and mitigation;
  • physico-chemical characterization of ground, soil and subsoil;
  • development of advanced environmental monitoring techniques based on the integration of in-situ and remote sensing physico-chemical, biological and geological methods;
  • integrated methodologies for energy-environmental planning and modeling as well as geospatial data management and interoperability.


The strong multidisciplinary approach has facilitated the study of remarkably complex geophysical and environmental processes in an innovative way by following the COPERNICUS programme guidelines, making it possible for IMAA to find itself in a good position within the GEOSS strategy (Global Earth Observation System of Systems).

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