The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.
CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations.
- Institute for coastal marine environment (IAMC): the activity of the Group is particularly focused on the implementation and use of nested ocean forecasting models based on different numerical methods (finite difference and finite elements), which are applied to both sub-regional (Sicily Strait and Sardinian Seas – Western Mediterranean) and local (coastal areas and lagoons) scales in order to provide an innovative approach to the management of the marine systems and resources.
- The Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) is the largest institution in Italy devoted to scientific development in ocean science. ISMAR conducts multi-disciplinary studies in all fields of marine sciences encompassing geological, biological and oceanographic research in the Mediterranean and in the world ocean.
- Institute of atmospheric sciences and climate (ISAC): The Institute is established to carry on activities of research, promotion and technology transfer in the following disciplines: Meteorology and its applications, Climate change and predictability, Atmospheric structure and composition,Observations of the planet Earth.