The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC) aims at an integrated scientific understanding of the atmosphere, the ocean and their processes, by means of a multidisciplinary approach which combines scientific and technological skills in meteorology, climate, atmospheric dynamics and composition, Earth observations; it develops basic research, theoretical, experimental and numerical, and modeling work together with impact evaluation.
ISAC is the largest CNR Institute on atmospheric sciences, structured in 7 Units over the country, 7 permanent observatories, including 3 Global Stations of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 2 atmospheric research Supersites.
ISAC is recognised internationally through its collaboration with a large number of European laboratories, and research centers worldwide.


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A research coordinated by ISAC-CNR has analyzed the strong tornado that hit Taranto in November 2012. Simulations with a high-resolution weather model suggest that the violence of this destructive vortex depends decisively on sea surface temperature.

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Within the frame of the recent introduction (Alternanza Scuola Lavoro) in the Italian public school system of compulsory stages in private and public enterprises, the possibility that high school students could contribute actively to a scientific project was explored.

This book presents the most comprehensive summary of long-term atmospheric research at the only World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) global station in the Mediterranean basin. Includes tables and plots reporting on the basic climatology of climate-altering/pollutant molecules, providing a reference for the Mediterranean basin background in the lower troposphere. Describes the current state of knowledge on long- and short-term atmospheric composition variability in the central Mediterranean basin

ISAC researchers are measuring the aerosol component in the upper layer of the Asian Monsoon with an instrumented M55 airplane and soundings from several stations in Nepal, Bangladesh  and India.