Introduction

In the last five years the Laboratory of Geomatics and Cartography is undertaken researches into a wide range of geologic and geophysics issues and particularly those that draw on geomatics technologies or concepts such as GIS, remote sensing, environmental visualization and land development processes.Geomatics is the modern scientific term referring to the integrated approach of measurement, analysis, and management of the descriptions and locations of Earth-based data, often termed spatial data. These data come from many sources, including ground based instruments, earth orbiting satellites and airborne sensors.Geomatics has applications in all disciplines which depend on spatial data and it is thus fundamental to all geosciences disciplines which use spatially related data.The methodological and technical expertise of the laboratory in the application of computer graphics and of remote sensing and GIS for geo- and environmental science has led to its participation in National and European funded Research Projects which aim at building geographic databases and performing spatial analysis and modeling on the prevention and mitigation of seismotectonic risks.For such projects, the laboratory was mainly involved in activities which concern:

the improvement of the investigation methods based on multidata analysis;
the optimization and standardization of processes for seismotectonic information production and presentation;
geospatial database development.

Further goal is to make available, for the scientific community, national technical services and local councils, a powerful and purposeful tool for territorial thematic analysis. At the same time, it will support researchers, land planners and territory governors in seismotectonic modeling, and provide an indispensable scientific and technological contribution for decision making in environmental control and land management.

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