Panarea: a natural lab to study climate changes
A permanent infrastructure open to the national and international scientific community to study the effects of climate change. This is ECCSEL-NetLab Italy, the new research centre established by the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in collaboration with the University Sapienza of Rome in Panarea, Aeolian Islands. This new centre will host important studies on climate change.
An astonishing natural framework hosts a very important European and international laboratory to study climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide on climate. ECCSEL-NetLab Italy is the new research infrastructure set up in Panarea, Aeolian Islands, by the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in collaboration with the University Sapienza of Rome and open to the national and international scientific community.
“The presence of natural CO2 emissions and geogas from the bottom of the sea makes the island of Panarea an extraordinary natural laboratory to study the effects related to climate change, to fine tune monitoring techniques and to carry out studies on the impact on the ecosystem” explained Cinzia De Vittor, OGS researcher and head of the ECCSEL-NatLab Italy laboratory in Panarea.
ECCSEL-NetLab Italy is one of the Italian components of the European initiative ECCSEL (European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure), aimed to set up a network of laboratories of excellence for the development of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) techniques and to address the issue of climate change through CO2 underground sequestration techniques. The preparatory phase of this project – funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – involved 15 institutions from 10 European countries including OGS and ENEA.
“Research infrastructures, shared and open to all researchers, are today a strategic priority for research and innovation strategies. In view of this, the new laboratory that we have inaugurated in Panarea is an achievement for the studies that OGS has been promoting for years for the protection of natural resources globally” commented Maria Cristina Pedicchio, president of OGS. Moreover, ECCSEL-NatLab Italy, being a member of the ECCSEL network, is also a member of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a juridical instrument promoted by the European Parliament to encourage and support the implementation of the European Research infrastructures” said Pedicchio.
Besides the infrastructure located on the Aeolian island, the ECCSEL-NetLab Italy project also includes the installation of a laboratory for the study of CO2 emissions in Latera, near Viterbo, which is another unique place where to study the impact of carbon dioxide on ecosystems.