Istituto di Biometeorologia (CNR-IBIMET)
Istituto di Biometeorologia (CNR-IBIMET) is engaged in a wide spectrum of research activities in basic and applied meteorology, climatology, crop yield forecasting systems, remote sensing for ecosystem analysis, socioeconomic development in agriculture and forestry at different scales and over several distinct geographical areas with particular attention to developing countries. More than 30 years of activities and participation in international research and consulting initiatives have enabled IBIMET to address climate change issues through a continuous updating of scientific and technical expertise. Nowadays IBIMET studies, designs and develops methodologies such as satellite remote sensing and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), as well as numerical models that are applied to agricultural crops and ecosystems, and meteorology applied to forecasting systems. IBIMET also conducts research on the ecophysiology and biochemistry of plants and greenhouse gases in agro-ecosystems. In the mid-1990s, following the new agriculture policies of the European Union and the new challenges of globalization that must also be faced by rural areas, the Institute started a new branch of research connected with the dynamics of rural development processes. This research deals with natural ecosystem risk prevention and the sustainable management of agro-environmental systems through strategies to integrate agriculture and the environment, the latter intended not only as a natural but also a social, economic and cultural system. IBIMET is involved in research sectors strongly related to the proposed actions: modelling impact on the health and data management for operational purpose during whether/climate emergencies; land managements; climatology and biometeorology; environmental modelling.