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Technologies for Earth Observation and Natural Risks
Tecnologie per le Osservazioni della Terra ed i Rischi Naturali / TeRN

Italy: Basilicata
Antonio Colangelo
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About us

TeRN (Technologies for Earth Observation and Natural Risks) is a public/private consortium founded in 2005 on the basis of a Framework Program Agreement between the Italian 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 preventing, mitigating and managing natural risk and emergencies.

The consortium includes partners that are research centres and universities (The National Research Council of Italy - CNR, The National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic - ENEA, The University of Basilicata - UNIBAS, The Laboratories University Network of seismic engineering - ReLUIS,  SMEs (The Consortium of SMEs for Environment and Technological Innovation - CREATEC, and large enterprises (e-GEOS, a Telespazio 80% / Italian Space Agency 20% company and end users (The Regional Agency for the Environmental Protection of the Basilicata Region – ARPAB).

The consortium’s organizational structure is a "triple helix" in line with European policies on technological clusters and it is a particularly effective tool for increasing competitiveness, networking and promoting the internationalization of the regional enterprises system.

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).

Both public and private TERN partners have large experience and involvements in EU Space Programmes. TERN Cluster as a whole participated, sometimes with a leading role, in several EU projects (3 FP7 projects FP7, 3 COSME projects, 1 H2020 project) related to the GMES/Copernicus program and space technologies promoting the participation of local SMEs. Link

TERN was the project leader of a project financed by Basilicata Region, which has the aim to support internationalization activities for SMEs operating in Earth Observation sector in Basilicata Region. 

TERN was the project leader of SMART BASILICATA (financed by the Italian Ministry of Research and Basilicata Region: Smart cities and communities and social innovation call) that aims at identifying and developing technological and innovative solutions in order to manage efficiently: Environment, Energy, Mobility, Culture and Tourism and Social participation. Link

TeRN cooperate actively with several EU, Italian and regional space or sectoral clusters in order to facilitate the SMEs networking, internationalisation and development of new services/products/processes.

TeRN is established in Basilicata Region: a less advanced region (as defined and applied in the Cohesion Policy Regulation 2021-202740: GDP per capita < 75 %).

Basilicata Region S3 EU priority areas:

The Basilicata Region strategy for Innovation and Smart Specialisation in the framework of ERDF Operational Program Basilicata 2014 -2020 has defined the five priority areas for innovation in Basilicata Region:

1. Aerospace

2. Automotive

3. Bio Economy

4. Energy

5. Cultural and creative industry

(The new Basilicata Region ERDF Operational Programme 2021/2027 is under preparation but Aerospace will be a priority of the new programming period).


Analysis of the assets and of the regional skills:

Significant concentration of public and private research centres; territorial vocation; widespread presence of SMEs; presence of science and technology parks and centres of technological expertise. Availability of qualified human resources. Basilicata Positioning within national, European and international economic system: Membership of the national Aerospace cluster;  founding member and very active role within working groups of NEREUS network (European network of regions using space technologies); high success rate in FP7, H2020 and COSME; consistency with H2020 challenges; Space Geodesy Center of Italian Space Agency in Matera and e - geos in TeRN Consortium ; pre-eminent position in the national civil protection circuits.

Business discovery:

Focus on earth observation; correlation with environmental sensors; vertical applications for "big data"; niche services for metrology.


With a view to strengthening research and technological infrastructures and research activities, it is crucial to plan strategic actions to improve the socio-economic impact of these activities with the aim of making innovation in the space field, and the research in the environmental sector, one of the main factors in the promotion of technological innovation in the Basilicata productive system, as well as stimulating the companies and the Public Administration to acquire new technological tools and new operational and service capabilities.

The business’ system, and in particular the SMEs, will therefore have to develop projects for the development of high-tech instrumentation, enhancing the relationship with the research system and fostering the internationalization processes. In a medium-term vision, these actions will guarantee an increase in competitiveness and the opening of new markets, especially at international level. On this basis, considering the context analysis described in the Basilicata Region Smart Specialisation Strategy, the development trajectories that will animate the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy in the Aerospace sector will be the following:

• Trajectory n.1: Development and integration of observational technologies in the environmental sector, advanced techniques for analyzing remote sensing data and satellite telecommunications:

- the study of natural hazards, with particular attention to satellite technologies (substantial reference to the new satellite systems of the COPERNICUS program, to the post - EPS and MeteoSat Third generation programs), to the newly developed Lidar systems, to optical radiometry, to systems of radiosonde, sensors, data processing, control and broadcasting technologies, drones, aircraft vehicles for monitoring, forecasting and mitigation of natural and man-made risks (with particular reference to seismic, hydrogeological, hydraulic and fire risks); - the management and protection of natural and environmental resources for the prediction of extreme hydrological and meteorological events: long-term systematic measures of climatic and environmental interest; management of natural resources and the management and protection of cultural heritage (e.g., land use, state of vegetation, water resources, state of conservation and maintenance / protection of historical - architectural heritage and their contents, etc.) in particular in the agricultural, civil and industrial sectors; - the design, development and implementation of on-board technological components for flexible adaptive payloads; the development of new generation "Satcom - on - the - move" terminals for avionics, land and maritime applications able to work with multiple satellite networks; functional and integration / testing activities of a small-medium-sized GEO platform for advanced telecommunications missions, related ground infrastructures, control and monitoring centers, interconnection.

 • Trajectory n. 2:  Enhancement, design, development and implementation of large research infrastructures, large equipment, sensor networks (including the constellations of micro and nano satellites and non-conventional networks, eg citizen sensors) for Earth Observation and for measures systematics in the environmental sector, such as fiber optic sensors, optoelectronic systems, radar, MEMS, web sensors and web services for the management of sensor networks, sensors for the use of drones, development of reference systems for in situ calibration of sensor networks;

• Trajectory n. 3:   Design, development and implementation of instrumentation, sensors and systems for the study of diffusion phenomena of pollutants in soils and groundwater, such as chemical-physical sensors, biosensors, spectroscopy instruments, geochemical instrumentation and geophysics; development of advanced sensors and systems for remote sensing, control, transmission and propulsion (with particular reference to the development of micro / nano satellites, unmanned air vehicles and and aircraft systems in general).

• Trajectory n. 4: Development of activities for the calibration of instrumental equipment in the space and agro - environmental sector according to standard methods and technologies in the international field; calibration and validation of satellite data; creation of a reference laboratory with certified samples and methods for the calibration of sensors and atmospheric systems;

• Trajectory n. 5: Design, development of advanced techniques and innovative software for the collection, treatment and representation of "big data", as well as for the management of complex and geographically distributed infrastructures. Development of innovative products and services (Digital Earth), including through the integration of Earth Observation and ICT technologies with those of positioning (GALILEO)

Emerging industries: Focus on earth observation; correlation with environmental sensors; vertical applications for "big data"; niche services for metrology

Established - 30 December 2005
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 20
    Cluster Members
  • 14
  • 1
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Project FP7 ISTIMES "Integrated System for Transport Infrastructures Surveillance and Monitoring by Electromagnetic Sensing" The project FP7 ISTIMES "Integrated System for Transport Infrastructures Surveillance and Monitoring by Electromagnetic Sensing" was selected among the 34 best initiatives presented at the exhibition '100 EUrban Solutions', at the Committee of Regions, as part of the OPEN DAYS 2013 European Week 11th of Regions and Cities (7-10 October 2013). The exhibition '100 Urban solutions' presented good practices transferable in intelligent urban development, sustainable and inclusive. The ISTIMES project, coordinated by TeRN Consortium has designed, evaluated and developed a protipale system and ICT-based, using local and distributed sensors for monitoring electromagnetic non-destructive strategic transport infrastructure. The success of ISTIMES is also evidenced by the fact that the project has been reported as a "success story", "high-visibility project, and with a "substantial character of research and development" by the European Commission.  

  • For more information, please visit the web site ISTIMES:
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
English French Italian
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Cumulated employment of cluster members
Cumulated exports of cluster members
€ 30000000
Cumulated turnover of cluster members
€ 100000000

Management team

Antonio Colangelo
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Professional, scientific and technical activities:M72 Scientific research and development
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Scientific research and development:M7219 Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Aerospace & Defence
Technology fields
Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Y04 - Information or communication technologies having an impact on other technology areas
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Space


Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

Development and/or design of advanced Earth observation technologies; capability of managing all the satellite, airborne and ground-based observation technologies for Earth’s surface and atmosphere characterization; development/improvement of retrieval algorithms of physical parameters from remote sensing data; integration chains of multi-platform data with existing databases for added value products tailored to demand; developing ICT technologies for the deployment of location-based services, such as data interoperability, web sensors and web services, grid middleware for Real Time and Near-real Time applications.

Support training services for cluster managers/policy makers

Facilitation of collaboration between members (eg. joint training programs)

Upskilling and reskilling expertise

Strategy development

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

  • Basilicata Regional ESIF programme
  • Sicily Region ERDF programme
  • Italian National Ministry of Research and Education
  • Italian Spatial Agency announcement for competition

Project name

  • ISTIMES - Integrated System for Transport Infrastructures Surveillance and Monitoring by Electromagnetic Sensing
  • DORIS - Ground Deformations Risk Scenarios: an Advanced Assessment Service
  • DORIS_NET - Downstream Observatory organized by Regions active in Space network
  • WALL - Combating Desertification: Local techniques for efficient use of water resources and soil; sustainable use of groundwater and involvement of local actors in the best use of resources (Tunisia)
  • HYDRO-ZEN - Census and characterization of critical environmental accidents on water and support to the definition of a strategy of management of waste water resources in the city of Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • CAB Jagodina - Environmental characterization and preliminary design for the remediation of the industrial site KABLOVA FKS Jagodina (Serbia)
  • TeRN2 - Technologies for Earth Observation Techniques and Natural Risks.
  • SESAMO - Integrated information system for the acquisition, management and sharing of environmental data for decision support.
  • ALADIN - Recycling of water and energy dispersed in the integrated water cycle. Environmental protection through Innovation, Monitoring and Optimization.
  • CIRCE - Coast Risk Surveillance and Monitoring
  • TeRN - Earth Observation and Natural Risk techniques
  • IMPRESAMBIENTE - Competence Centre in the field of environmental risks and the promotion of technological innovation and enterprise competitiveness
  • NIBS - Networking and Internationalization of Basilicata Space technologies
  • SPACE2ID - Strategic partnership among five European Space Clusters and Five European MELCA cluster for promoting the use of space technologies and create new business opportunities.
  • SPACE2IDGO - Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification Go
  • SMART BASILICATA - Smart Cities  and Communities and Social Innovation
  • CORDINET - Copernicus Relays for digitalisation spanning a Network
  • EACP EUROSME - aErospace inter-clUster smaRt specialization actiOns for SMEs competitiveness in the circular economy approach

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United Arab Emirates

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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