Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IREA)


The IREA (Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is an Institute constituted by the fusion of two CNR Institutes with a great experience in the field of Earth observation: IRECE of Naples with expertise in processing of SAR data processing and Remote Sensing Department of IRRS of Milan with expertise on optical remote sensing. The Milan Department, in particular, has been the first scientific team in Italy being interested to this discipline.

The research group began with applications to volcanic surveillance and to the Earth sciences, especially by means of infrared imagery. Then, in the last two decades, other research projects have been carried out in the wider theme of monitoring of the environment, with the main objective to detect man's activity and its influence on sensible ecosystems.