The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS – is a public research Institute which acts internationally in the fields of Earth and Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Geophysics and Seismology. The Institute aims at safeguarding and enhancing the environmental and natural resources and focuses its efforts on evaluating and preventing geological, environmental and climatic risks, and spreading the scientific culture and knowledge. OGS has four locations in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (North-Eastern Italy) and it is structured under four main Departments:
- Oceanography – OCE
- Geophysics – GEO
- Seismological Research – CRS
- Research Infrastructures – IRI.
With its strategic infrastructures of excellence (such as the oceanographic research vessel OGS Explora), OGS makes its own expertise available for research related to environment and climate, biodiversity and ecosystem functionality and to the study of seismicity, hydrodynamic and geodynamic phenomena having an impact on both environment and population.
The Division of Oceanography has currently more than 60 researchers, technologists, technicians and administrative staff. The activities of the division range from scientific research to technological development and are addressed to experimental and theoretical oceanography, with particular reference to physical and biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine ecology and modeling of marine systems. Currently, the expertise of the staff cover four areas:
- Physical Oceanography (Experimental, Autonomous Systems, Coastal)
- Marine Biology
- Modeling of marine system
The OGS activities in the phase 2 of the CMEMS INSTAC are:
- production of the Mediterranean drifter files with real time QC
- support to the Med Sea INSTAC component contribution to the crosscutting activities (Quality, MYP, OSR) coordinated by HCMR