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TeRN (Technologies for Earth Observation and Natural Risks) is a public/private consortium founded in 2015 on the basis of a Framework Program Agreement between the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Basilicata Region Authority with the aim of creating the regional technological cluster on Earth Observation for Natural risk prevention and mitigation.
The main objective of the Cluster is to promote the development and integration of different Earth Observation technologies and methodologies (sensor synergy) from ground, aircraft and satellite to monitor and mitigate natural hazards, with particular focus on climatic, hydrogeological and seismic risks.
These added value products, advanced methodologies and integrated technologies can be also easily used in other application fields such as security, monitoring and preservation of cultural heritage and monuments and natural resource management (water, agricultural, forest and environmental resources).
The deployment of such integration chains is also strictly connected to the development of ICT technologies necessary for location-based services design and implementation (especially data interoperability, web sensors and web services, grid middleware).