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National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Marine and Coastal Environment, Capo Granitola (CNR-IAMC)
Native name
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per l'Ambiente Marino Costiero, Sezione Capo Granitola
Via del mare, 3 - Torretta-Granitola
Campobello di Mazara
Trapani (TP)
0039 0924 40600
0039 0924 40445

organisation profile

The Institute for Marine and Coastal Environment of the National Research Council is a research center carrying out national and international research projects aiming at studying the marine ecosystem from a physical, biological, chemical, geological and ecological point of view. It is composed of six departments (Napoli, Capo Granitola, Taranto, Oristano, Mazara del Vallo, Messina) and a marine biology laboratory (Castellammare del Golfo).
The IAMC-CNR - Detached Unit of Capo Granitola - develops marine-related research activities on the relations between the physical, chemical, biological and geological parameters at sea. The research groups led interdisciplinary national and international projects aimed at studying the functioning of marine ecosystems for the rational and sustainable exploitation of resources, that is to say operational oceanography. Besides, the analysis of contaminants effect on human health and the environment, as well as  the search for marine-origin active substances for human health, are also carried out in co-operation with worldwide leading research institutions.
Also, the research groups’ vision is that of promoting socio-economic development, as recommended by research-related European policies, by promoting training, dissemination activities. Moreover, the IAMC-CNR aims at building a long-lasting bridge with local businesses (as well as research spin-offs and start-ups) with the aim to support technological innovation and on-going upgrading. Moreover, thanks to its central location in the Mediterranean basin and the continuous ICT-based research networking, the Institute provides its contribute to the Euro-Mediterranean cohesion policy, in term of sustainable development and “knowledge economy”. In fact, the Institute currently promotes co-operation agreements with several institutions, from European, Mediterranean, North-African countries, as well as with international organizations. Then, it widely participates in EU-funded (H2020, ERDF, ENPI, etc.) research-related initiatives: they constitute the basic tool to carry out innovation and development.
The research and training is integrated with a strong technology component supported by valuable research facilities, such as laboratories of oceanography, molecular biology and biotechnology, biogeochemistry and applied acoustics, and a mesocosm feeding and monitoring marine species in natural conditions. Recently, the presence within the Institute of the Sicily Region-sponsored Regional Observatory of Biodiversity further fosters the Institute’s potential for research, specialized training and scientific dissemination: the effort to promote local development through a knowledge-based bio-economy is increasingly strengthened and put into practice. In this framework, the institute’ skills should be seen as a driving force likely to produce a new momentum on the local economy through innovation, services delivery and technological transfer.
Finally, the Detached Unit of Capo Granitola carries out oceanographic surveys on board the Research Vessels in the framework of national and international research projects. The surveys are carried out along the Sicilian Channel, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Libyan coasts through an interdisciplinary approach with the to acquire environmental information in field for the study of the marine ecosystems.

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • EMODnet Ingestion Service

edmo metadata

EDMO record id
Collating centre
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Division of Oceanography (OGS)
Latest update
23 December 2020 7:35:24 PM