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IMAA has been proved to be particularly capable of designing and creating important research infrastructures, some of these of international significance. IMAA’s property in terms of scientific equipment is now estimated at more than 12 million Euros. The main instrumental facilities operating at the IMAA laboratories are:

  • the CIAO-CNR-IMAA Atmospheric Observatory which is one of the 12 worldwide sites within the GRUAN network for the study of the high atmosphere; 

  • a system used for receiving, processing and storing satellite images (NOAA, MSG, EOS-AQUA, EOS-TERRA), which is capable of processing online more than 120 Tbyte of data;

  • a Hydrogeosite Experimental test field at the the Marsico Nuovo Centre, which is the first full-scale laboratory in Italy for the investigation of hydrogeophysical processes; 

  • mobile laboratories consisting of a Lidar system, a system for interferometric and radiometric measurements, a system for non-invasive physico-chemical and geophysical measurements, a system for geochemical and mineralogical measurements and a mobile vehicle equipped with systems of satellite data reception and transmission as well as sensors for ground-based remote sensing both in thermal and infrared bands (created within the ImpresAmbiente Project)

IMAA was the coordinator of the European infrastructural projects: “EARLINET-ASOS European Aerosol Research Lidar Network Advanced Sustainable Observation System”, funded within the FP6 framework, which involves 21 teams from many European countries.

IMAA is the coordinator of the European infrastructural projects: “ACTRIS- Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure Network”, funded within the FP7 framework, which involves 28 European sites of key infrastructures for the study of aerosols and clouds. As for the EARLINET network, IMAA runs the operations for the validation of the data from LIDAR CALIOP operating on the CALIPSO platform (NASA-JAXA mission). This validation programme is being studied by the European Spatial Agency for the next ADM-AEOLUS and EARTH-CARE satellite missions.

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