The INGV laboratories constitute an important infrastructural heritage and a pole of attraction for researchers and study groups from Italian and foreign institutions. In this sense, INGV has invested significantly
in technological innovation, in the commissioning and maintenance of state-of-the-art equipment, as well as in the experimentation and development of innovative analytical and experimental methods that can improve the quality and quantity of measurements, reducing acquisition and calculation and facilitating the usability of data for the entire scientific community. All these activities have been organized in the INGV in the form of workshops. The laboratory is therefore not only a physical place where the apparatuses are located and where analytical and experimental activities take place, but it is also a dynamic structure where, by producing technological and methodological developments, research activities are implemented and harmonized.
In the analytical and experimental laboratories of the Rome office, studies are carried out in the following sectors:
Physics and chemistry of rocks
Paleomagnetism and environmental magnetism
Experimental petrology and volcanology,
Geochemistry of noble gases, of stable isotopes of environmental radioactivity, and chemistry of fluids,
Geology and geotechnology,
Radio frequency technologies of the Rome office,
Applied geophysics measurements,
The laboratories of the Palermo Section mainly address the fluid geochemistry sector within the activities envisaged in the three Departments of Volcanoes, Earthquakes and the Environment, also providing support for the monitoring of active Italian volcanoes. The activities carried out in the laboratories of the Pisa Section, of Napoli and Catania mainly address the volcanological and environmental sectors with particular attention dedicated to the study and characterization of the products of volcanic activity and magmatic processes. Furthermore those of the Vesuvian observatories and Etneo contribute to the monitoring and surveillance of volcanic activity through the analysis of erupted products.