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Consorzio LaMMA
Mission and Objectives: 
The LaMMA Consortium performs two types of closely interrelated activities: technical services, and comprehensive research and innovation activities, thus constituting a centre of excellence.The main sectors in which the LaMMA Consortium specialises are meteorology, climatology, geographic information systems and geology. The Consortium has also acquired considerable experience in the field of atmospheric pollutant dispersion modelling, anemological studies for the purposes of exploiting wind energy, marine and oceanographic modelling, monitoring of pollutants and the state of health of the sea, and monitoring of vegetation. The research projects and technical services developed by the consortium often involve the use of territorial information systems for the management of resources and environmental risks. We use advanced modelling, and process data from a wide range of sources, but principally from satellite. The LaMMA Consortium, Environmental Modelling and Monitoring Laboratory combines CNR's scientific research skills with the administrative body's commitment to public service, to develop products and services for the local area and for the collectivity.
Formal Mandate: 
Regional Government
On 20 December 2007, the Region of Tuscany, the Italian Research Council and the Foundation for Climate and Sustainability established the LaMMA Consortium - Environmental Modelling and Monitoring Laboratory for Sustainable Development, which is incorporated, and autonomous in terms of administration, organisation and accounts (Regional Law n °. 35 dated 23/02/2005). The Consortium was born out of the project "Laboratorio di Meteorologia Modellistica Ambientale" (LaMMA), which was in turn formed in 1997 by the Region of Tuscany (General Direction for Economic Development, Department of Production Activities) in cooperation with the Italian Research Council (Institute of Biometeorology), with the aim of creating a point of contact between officialdom, the bodies of scientific and technological excellence, industry and the various public services. Its main offices are hosted at the premises of IBIMET, in the Sesto Fiorentino Research Zone (Florence), with two other satellite offices located in: • Livorno, the centre for marine meteorology and modelling, serving maritime transport and coastal production businesses; • Grosseto, the centre for the study of soil erosion and water resources.
LaMMA deal with remote sensing, environmental monitoring, data processing, image processing, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Databases modelling, Technical Specification on topographic and geological databases, GI Standard implementation and experimentation. Stand- alone GIS software, free distributed, are also developed for the training supports to enhance the application of new technologies. To respond to the growing demand of geographic services including real-time mapping, interactive world map generation and other environmental data analysis, in the recent research projects LaMMA - CNR Ibimet is involved in develop spatially enabled GIS-web applications. The development of on-line geographic services includes data formats using MapServer, an open source development environment. Several tools to share, publish and manage on internet data (geographic DB, thematic DB, high resolution images) have been developed according to OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) specifications.main objective of Institute’s activities is the technological innovation, as consequence the application of conducted researches to technology sectors. Within the IBIMET activities, modelling studies of the impact of climatic change on environment and agricultural and natural ecosystems constitutes the major fields of research.
The Consortium's main domains of competence are: METEOROLOGY - Regional weather service and diffusion models LaMMA is home to the Tuscany weather forecasting service, which constantly monitors atmospheric conditions and produces daily reports 7 days a week. In addition to the regional weather forecast, LaMMA also provides “customised” services, with weather reports specifically designed for different categories of users. Together with the air quality section, the meteorology department develops diffusion models to simulate the dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. TERRITORY - Information systems for the management of environmental risks and resources LaMMA integrates satellite observation with the use of geographic information systems, thus offering systems and tools to interpret the environment and manage its dynamics and evolution. Nowadays, geographical information products, such as risk maps, geographical databases and thematic maps, are indispensable tools for monitoring natural and man-made changes in the environment, with an eye to sustainable management. SEA - Integrated sea monitoring LaMMA performs research in the field of marine environmental monitoring, by collecting and processing measured and remotely gathered data, and applying marine meteorology, hydrodynamic and biogeochemical models. By applying the results of its research locally, LaMMA provides useful tools for the development of policies and strategies for the protection and control of the marine and coastal environment. CLIMATE and ENERGY - Climate change and reduction of climate-altering emissions LaMMA analyses the region's climatology from a range of spatial and temporal perspectives in order to better understand the changes taking place. LaMMA is also home to the Region of Tuscany's Focal Point Kyoto, which provides the region with support in its strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Focal Point Kyoto offers a more complete understanding of local environmental sustainability, integrating the carbon balance (emissions and absorption) with fact-finding tools useful in decision making for environmental and energy management and planning.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    both International and National/Regional
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Italian Topographic Database Technical Specifications ISO TC/211, CEN TC/287 italian delegate as uninfo member inspire TGW editor and experts; test on data specification
    Environmental application domains
    Monitoring Coastal areas , Monitoring Water pollution, Monitoring Air pollution, Monitoring Soil pollution , Monitoring Waste, Climate change, Spatial Planning , Monitoring Urban sprawl, Fringe area development , Transport development, Urban development , Water Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management , Vegetation Management, Soil resources Management, Energy Management, Mineral resources Management, Man-made Hazard Management, Transport and pipe-lines Management, Industrial sites Management , Hazardous waste Management,Forest Fire Prevention and Management , Floods & extreme weather Prevention and Management Landslide Prevention and Management, Soil erosion Prevention and Management, Coastal erosion Prevention and Management
    Primary Business
    Environment Research and services, Mapping , Photogrammetry , Remote Sensing, Standardization, Software development, Consulting / Technical services