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The geophysical activities carried out within the INGV mainly concern seismology and vulcanology. A good part of the remaining geophysical activities are carried out within the Section Roma2, which is distinguished by its multidisciplinary connotation.
The Section also has a strong attitude towards planning, an active component of service and consulting for state institutions and international organizations. He cooperates with law enforcement agencies for environmental investigations and international treaty compliance (CTBT).
The section also has an important monitoring component, it manages geomagnetic and ionospheric observers and multi-parameter measuring stations spread throughout the country, both on mainland and at sea. The activities carried out by the Section range from electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic measurements (environmental measurements on geoelectric and geomagnetic, radar-glaciology and high-spectrum spectrum analyzes) to natural and manmade gravimetric and natural radioactivity on the ground On the various solid and fluid matrices.
In addition, during 2016, the Section devoted part of its staff to provide its contribution to the application of multi-parameter techniques in volcanic monitoring activities provided for in Annex A to the Convention with the Civil Protection Department. All of these activities form a rich database useful for the many research activities that the Section performs in collaboration with the main foreign research institutions, especially European, and in synergy with national universities. With the latter, the Section also collaborates through the training of master and doctorate students.
In addition, the paleomagnetism lab is included in the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and ESFRI European Roadmap, through the participation in the EPOS (European Plate Observing System; www.epos-eu.org), which has entered the implementation phase.
The personnel and infrastructure resources of the Section are distributed over various locations in the national territory, Catania, Gibilmanna, Palermo, Rome, L'Aquila and Portovenere (SP).
The scientific activities of the Roma2 Department cover a wide spectrum of themes related to Geophysical Sciences. Our research focuses on the study of geomagnetism and rock magnetism in their various applications, on systematic observations of space and ionospheric phenomena providing radio propagation and space weather services, on environmental geophysics surveys and studies, on multidisciplinary marine studies and, finally, on electromagnetic measurements and monitoring. Such a broad range of thematic disciplines, ranging from atmospheric and marine observations to oceanographic and space studies, marks the heterogeneous and peculiar mission of our department with respect to the tasks carried out by the other departments of INGV primarily devoted to Solid Earth Sciences.


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