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CARG Project - Geologic and geothematic cartography

The CARG (Geological CARtography) project launched in 1988 involves the creation of 652 geological and geothematic sheets on a scale of 1:50,000 covering the entire national area.



Geological map with thematic elements and underwater landscapes of the Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano Alburnia

The National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano Alburni Institution, which won the award of "Geopark" and was included in the European and Global Geopark Network under the auspices of UNESCO, has proposed to the Geological Survey of Italy - ISPRA, considered "the highest exponent of the geological sector at national level", a collaboration for the realization of a geological Map of the Park at an appropriate scale, for an overview of the Park geology; the Geological Survey has welcomed the initiative, taking the opportunity to widespread one of the numerous uses of CARG Cartography.



Geological Map of the Island of Ustica

The Island, together with a limited strip of the Sicilian coast, is shown in Sheet no. 585 “Mondello – Ustica Island” of the Geological Map of Italy on scale 1:50,000. The Ustica Island survey was based on an agreement between the National Geological Survey (which was later merged with ISPRA) and the University of Milan and was realized in 2002 thanks to the collaboration of geologists from the two organizations.


Digital Gravity Maps of Italy at 1: 250.000 scale

This digital mapping project is the result of a scientific collaboration between Servizio Geofisica of SUO – ISPRA, CARS - Cartography and Remote Sensing of OGS and Exploration & Production Divison of ENI.

Soil Administration Models 4 Community Profit

The project Soil Administration Models 4 Community Profit (SAM4CP), funded by the European program LIFE + will allow in the next  4 years of activities to have some tools for better soil management, with particular attention to the assessment and mapping of ecosystem services

Central Apennines deformations

The "Central Apennines Deformations Project", conducted for several years by the Geophysical Service of ISPRA, takes place in the "Integrated Geophysical and Geodetic Studies". In particular, the monitoring of central Italy area, that extends from the Thyrrenian to the Adriatic, has been conducted for several years by this Agency in collaboration with INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) and DPC (National Civil Protection Service).




EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) - Lot Geology - is a European project funded by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) with the aim of assembling and making available the existing geological data of the European seas; these data are generally patchy and difficult to access for a European user.



The sheet 348 "Antrodoco"

The Sheet 348 “Antrodoco” of the Geological Map of Italy at 1:50.000 scale has being carried out by the Geological Survey of Italy/Land Protection and Geo-resources Department. The research has been divided into different activities: geological mapping and sampling of the sequences and analysis, interpretation and processing of the collected data.


Landslides Project Capital Rome

On the new website Landslides Project Rome are published information regarding landslides phenomena registered by the Geological Survey of Italy in the Rome Capital, deepening and harmonizing the main historical sources (IFFI, AVI, PAI) , and integrating them with bibliographic researches and some cases with visit on the place


GeolIT3D three dimensional modelling and visualization of geological data

The project Soil Administration Models 4 Community Profit (SAM4CP), funded by the European program LIFE + will allow in the next  4 years of activities to have some tools for better soil management, with particular attention to the assessment and mapping of ecosystem services


IFFI project

The IFFI project (Inventory of Landslide Phenomena in Italy), carried out by ISPRA and the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, supplies a detailed picture of the distribution of landslide phenomena within Italy




INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research) since 80 years is an international organization for all scientists dealing with Quaternary and Environmental Geology. The structure of INQUA comprehends 5 Commissions, including the Commission on Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History (TERPRO).

ITaly HAzards from CApable faulting

Italy is one of most active regions of the Mediterranean area in terms of active tectonics and seismicity. Several historical catastrophic earthquakes (e.g., 1693 Eastern Sicily, 1783 Calabria, 1805 Molise, 1908 Messina and 1915 Fucino events) recorded MCS intensities up to XI (magnitude ca. or slightly above 7).

Guidelines for Environment and Landscape

The poject "Guidelines for Environment and Landscape in the infrastructure sectors," is a collaboration between Ispra, Catap (Coordination of the Technical Association - Scientific Environment and Land Management), University and Research Institutes to develop methodologies and tools that combine operational infrastructure planning consistent with the objectives of eco-compatibility s and protection of landscape and environmental values of the area.


Mining and quarry





Monitoring of urgent interventions funded in accordance with Law no. 180 98

ISPRA carries out activities for the technical monitoring and implementation of urgent intervention programmes aimed at reducing the hydrogeological risk in accordance with Law no. 180/98 and its subsequent amendments and integration



Project Bisenzio

The Bisenzio Project is a three years lasting multidisciplinary research project supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and enabled by the permits granted by the "Soprintendenza Archeologia del Lazio e dell’Etruria Meridionale"

Progetto ReNDiS

Since 2000, the Italian Ministry for the Environment (MATTM) entrusted ISPRA the task of monitoring the programmes of emergency measures to reduce hydogeological risk, according to DL 180/98 ("Sarno Decree").



The PROTHEGO project (PROTection of European Cultural HEritage from GeO-hazards) aims the monitoring in order to preserve the European UNESCO sites potentially exposed to natural hazards, by the use of satellite techniques

National catalogue for the restoration activities of coastalmarine ecosystems

In Italy a path to the restoration of coastal-marine ecosystems and coastal defense low that sees match the principles of sustainable management with the concepts of diversity (biodiversity, ecosystem, habitat, etc..) compatibility and the ecosystem



SiOrNet Permanent GPS network

The SiOrNet GPS network is aimed at monitoring deformation cycles along two faults belonging to the Timpe system.


Experimental networks landslides

The monitoring of parameters that contribute to the preparatio and evolution of natural processes such as, for example, the slope instability or the accumulation of tectonic stress in areas affected by systems of active faults, plays a key role in the preparation of instruments for risk reduction.


Project  Sinkhole

Studies and researches on natural sinkhole phenomena are being conducted in the last few years by the Land Protection and Georesources Department of the Geological Survey of Italy. These have involved the whole national territory.
The works have included an in-depth bibliographical research, a first collection of data aimed at making a census of sinkhole phenomena and on-site surveys


Protection of geological heritage parks.

The theme of knowledge and enhancement of geological heritage has been, in recent years, in the middle of an interesting scientific debate at National and European level, providing many inputs regarding the conservation and enhancement of sites of geological interest (geosites)


U-Geohaz (Geohazards impact assessment for urban areas)

This Project is focused on monitoring geohazard-associated ground deformations, a key prevention action that will be specifically addressed to urban areas and critical infrastructures. The project will propose a procedure to produce maps to assess continuously the potential impact of geohazard activity.

Use of urban sewage sludge in agricluture

Within the framework of a project promoted by ISPRA, the approaches to the use of urban sewage sludge in agriculture developed by three northern Italy regions,  Emilia Romagna, Lombardia and Veneto, have been compared.


Last update: 18/09/2018