Secondary office in Florence

Research Area of ​​Florence

Head of office: Paolo Mazzetti


Phone: +39.0555226580


Research Area of ​​Florence
via Madonna del Piano, 10 Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

The Secondary Office in Florence carries out research activities mainly in the field of the integration of information sciences and technologies with the sciences and technologies of the Earth and environmental systems.

Through its Earth Space Science Informatics Laboratory (ESSI-Lab) the site has specific expertise in the design and development of advanced solutions and infrastructures for the interoperability of Earth science data and models. The Secondary Office develops and maintains the Discovery and Access Broker (DAB), a data mediation framework adopted by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and by the WMO for the WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS) ). The headquarters also develops and maintains the Virtual Earth Laboratory (VLab) a framework for sharing and running computational models on a multicloud environment.

The secondary office also carries out specific activities for the development and maintenance of environmental monitoring applications, through ground and satellite observations, with particular reference to the estimation of snow cover in polar areas (Arctic and Antarctic) and in alpine areas. The integration of different types of observational data is based on multi-sensor and multi-platform time series obtained through remote sensing, terrestrial photography (SnowCam) and continuous multispectral measurements (CReM). 

The site carries out its research activities in the context of national and international initiatives and projects with the participation, from the date of establishment in 2013, to over 15 projects funded on competitive calls co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the research and innovation (FP6, FP7, CIP / PSP, Horizon 2020), and by ESA.


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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has created the WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS), which consists of a network of hydrological organizations on a global scale connected by a software platform (WHOS broker) capable of sharing data ...