Dr. Nicola Pirrone, graduated (1989) in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa, worked as a post-doc (1989-1997) at IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) in Vienna and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is currently director of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IIA) and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan.
To undertake research aimed at improving our understanding of key processes related to air pollution from local to global scale. Specifically, the focus is on: Air pollution in urban and industrial areas; Industrial emissions; Analytical technology and methods for environmental & air quality (AQ) evaluation; Atmospheric pollutant cycles; Advanced monitoring networks for AQ to support EU and international policy; Systems and technologies for geospatial data sharing and Big Data interoperability
Maria Tomasi Scianò
Area Ricerca Roma 1
The CNR-IIA was founded in 1968 by Arnaldo Liberti a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the Sapienza University in Rome. The IIA focussed from the beginning on the development of methods and innovative technologies to measure the concentrations of organic and inorganic trace species in the atmosphere. The then Ministry of the Environment began consulting the expertise of the IIA on environmental problems related to atmospheric pollution in 1976 during the case of dioxin pollution in Seveso. Since then the Institute has been continued to pursue research into industrial emission monitoring and characterisation.
Since 1980 the Institute’s headquarters have been at the CNR’s ‘Area della Ricerca Roma 1’ and the improved facilities gave a great boost to the Institute’s research nationally and internationally, in the evaluation of atmospheric composition, air pollution and air quality determination.
Today, the researchers and technologists from the Institute are involved in research and technical development in numerous sectors related to Air Quality studies. These include industrial emissions, air quality in urban and industrial areas, indoor air quality, pollutant cycles in Polar Regions, and observation systems (land based, airborne and satellite) the Institute is involved national, European and international programs and initiatives. It also provides technical and scientific support to government bodies, including the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Defence, regional and provincial Councils, as well as to private companies, in numerous fields related to environmental issues.
Tel: 06 90625349
Fax: 06 90672660
Division of Rende
Since its inception in the late 1990s the Rende section of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research has been involved in mercury (Hg) pollution research nationally and internationally. The section has been active in developing Hg measurement techniques, performing Hg measurement campaigns and most recently setting up a global Hg monitoring network. The measurement campaigns have covered both Poles and since 2000 three to four week oceanographic campaigns have been carried out in the Mediterranean almost every year. The group at Rende has also developed a series of models, initially using box models to study atmospheric Hg processes of oxidation and reduction in detail in the MBL, then using regional models to study the atmospheric cycle of Hg Mediterranean Basin as a whole, and most recently developing a global model to perform large scale, long term simulations of Hg emission, transformation and deposition. In practice, the Division of Rende began its work long before the Institute was formally established. Originally launched in April 1998, the unit was organized in the wake of a bilateral agreement between the University of Calabria and the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the CNR. This agreement sought to develop research focused on studying pollutant dynamics throughout the Mediterranean, to incentivise collaborative activities, and to provide support to the local authorities responsible for the protection and enhancement of the regional environment in Calabria.
This original focus on atmospheric Hg has permitted the Section to become one of the major centres for Hg research in Europe to play an important role in a number of European Projects, in advising on European legislation, in leading the UNEP Mercury Fate and Transport Partnership, and play key role in the UNECE – CLRTAP task force on Hemispheric Transport of Atmospheric Pollution (HTAP). The most recent European (FP7) project on Hg, Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS) which runs until 2015 was designed specifically to support and strengthen global Hg initiatives such as the Global Earth Observation (GEO) task (HE-02) on Hg, and also to support the future implementation of the Minamata Convention. The Minamata Convention is the result of a number of years of work and negotiation seeking an internationally acceptable framework within which to begin to reduce the use and emission of Hg on a globally inclusive scale.
While the Section’s original focus on Hg remains its primary objective, the expertise built up over the years in the measurement and modelling of all aspects of atmospheric chemistry related to the fate and transport of Hg, is also put to good use in the study of air quality in general, in line with one of the fundamental objectives of CNR-IIA as a whole. More recently the Section in Rende, in part as a result of the GMOS project has developed a cyber(e)-infrastructure in collaboration with our colleagues at the CNR-IIA’s section in Florence.
The current and future activities of our section in Rende will build and develop on the expertise built up over the last 15 years and while maintaining a focus on Hg will expand in a number of specific directions. One of the major factors which will influence the continuing development of the Section in Rende in the coming years will be its activities as a fundamental part of the National Reference Centre for Mercury (CNRM). The CNRM was established jointly by CNR and Italian Ministry of Environment, it is aimed to provide technical and scientific support to Governments, European Commission, UNEP and other parties in the implementation of the Minamata Convention.
Head of Division: Francesca Sprovieri
Tel: 0984 493213 – 493214
Fax: 0984 493215
Division of Firenze
The Research Unit is located in Florence and it has been institutional formed since April 2013 (Measure of the President n. 26 Prot.n. 0021832 of 15/04/2013).
Research and development of innovative methodologies and technologies for multi-disciplinary data and information interoperability and sharing. In particular for enabling the Earth System Science and addressing the challenges posed by global changes. The main research themes of our division in Florence include but are not limited to the followings: – Advance the Earth Observation information systems –both in situ and remote sensing; – Develop innovative brokering and intemediation technologies to complement standards and lower the present entry barriers for interoperability and data sharing; – Develop effective data models as to spatio-temporal aspects as well as their accessibility and interoperability; – Develop fast cyber-infrastructure for Big Data management; – Address uncertainty and quality challenges stemming from data and web services chaining; – Apply ultimate Information Technology to Earth Science domains to enable integrative research, resources sharing, multidisciplinary interoperability, and Policy Makers support; – Address Data Policy and Data Sharing challenges; As far as these themes are concerned, the UOS has gained an international reputation in the framework of two important initiatives: – The European Directive INSPIRE; – The Global Earth Observation System of System programme launched by G8 and managed by GEO (Group on Earth Observation). In these framework the UOS played an important role in several projects funded by the European Commission, such as: EuroGEOSS, GeoViQua, and EGIDA.
Head of Division: Stefano Nativi Short CV
Division of Rome
Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea
The Research Unit is located within the Ministry for the Environment and Territorial and Marine Protection in Rome and it has been institutional formed since April 2013 (Measure of the President n. 26 Prot.n. 0021832 of 15/04/2013) even if the activities began at 1998 with different Agreements signed between the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research and two General Directions of the Ministry for the Environment.
The Division’s activities are focused on technical/scientific transfer knowledge for production and implementation of legislation on air and environmental pollution.
The technologists are busy in activities which are oriented in these fields of interests and issues:
- Agreement among the Ministry for the Environment, the Institute for Atmospheric Pollution, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), the ISS Istituto Superiore di Sanità, for launch of special networks on the basis of D.Lgs 155/2010.
- Support to the development of activities related to the AIA for the implementation of the IPPC in Italy, with particular attention to areas with critical environmental issues caused by prevalent industrial origin and under the obligations of Directives 96/82/CE, 2003/105/CE and 96/61/CE.
- Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and green public procurement.
- Technical Assistance in the field of Scientific Research, Environmental Innovation, Prevention, Pollution Reduction and greenhouse gas emissions in the National European and International contest.
Head of Division: Dr. Antonio Fardelli