Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy
Data Center Description
The Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS (formerly Osservatorio Geofisico Sperimentale di Trieste) is a research institute financed by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research. Its function is research in geology, geophysics and oceanography. More specific tasks are: crustal studies; the search for oil, gas and minerals; earthquake seismology; environmental geophysics; hydrogeology; hydrodynamics and ecology of the seas and oceans.
These activities are carried out by the four Departments of Geophysics of the Lithosphere, Oceanography, Seismology and Development of Marine Technology and Research which employ 56 researchers, 19 senior technicians and 63 technicians.
Although established in 1949, the origin of OGS can be dated back to 1841, when the Osservatorio Meteorologico was founded at Trieste. The institution publishes the results of its studies, exploration, and investigations, and preserves for study and reference the geophysical data collected by the R/V OGS-Explora during the seven Antarctic campaigns since 1988, together with the historical archives of the Trieste seismographic station.
OGS is concerned with transferring the results of its research activities to industry, and it is open to cooperation with scientists from academic and research institutions, as well as to partnership with industrial research centers.