Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (GR)

The Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS) ( is among the scientific research units of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH) (, which is one of the two largest research foundations in Greece. Since 1996, the Laboratory of Geophysical – Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment of I.M.S./F.O.R.T.H. is active in basic and applied research in the fields of geophysical prospection, satellite remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3D reconstructions and VR and archaeo-environment and has been widely and internationally recognized due to the quality of the services provided, the results of the research projects carried out and the training of students and professional archaeologists.

Among the various milestones of the Lab, the following can be included:

  • Participation in more than 73 large-scale national and international research programs (Dragon3 European Space Agency, Aristeia/Excellence I and II, Thalis (General Secretary of Research and Technology), EU Marie Curie, USA-NSF, Stavros Niarchos, Research Promotion Foundation (CY) of the Republic of Cyprus, Wenner-Gren, EU Culture 2008-2013, Leverhulme Trust, University of Cyprus, LIFE, e-Content, INTERREG, ARCHIMED, ETPΑ, PΕΝΕD, ΕPΕΑΕΚ, INSTAP, NERC, Region of Crete, 3rd Community Support Framework and Cohesion Fund, Innovative actions ΕΤΠΑ, Bilateral research programs with Cyprus, China and Bulgaria. International Training workshops (RESTAR), Training through Erasmus, Wenner Gren Foundation, USA-NSF, Leonardo Da Vinci, a.o)
  • International collaborations with research and educational institutions from Greece, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, U.S.A, Canada, China, Cyprus, Sweden, Iceland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, S. Korea, a.o.
  • Scientific supervision and partnership of more than 170 projects of applied and basic research on geophysical prospection of archaeological sites in Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, a.o.
  • More than 45 databases and 40 GIS/WEB_GIS applications for natural resources and cultural heritage.
  • Member of International organizations, such as ΑGILE (Association Geographic Information Laboratories Europe), ΕPOCH – Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage, EARSEL – European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories

The Lab hold the Vice-chairmanship of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP) (2009-2011), the presidency of CAA-GR and its director acted as an Assistant National representative in the Scientific Committee for Peace and Safety of ΝΑΤΟ and he is currently member of UISPP Commission IV and a Research Associate of the Dept. of Anthropology, The Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Role in the Project

FORTH will lead T7.5 and will:

  • Design and development of a GIS based risk & environmental assessment solution to be integrated to the main platform of the project. The application will be scalable from local to regional scale. (Responsible of T7.4)
  • Work on GIS data collection & analysis and produce the necessary sets of geodata files for risk assessment
  • Research, analysis and evaluation of well-known algorithmic approaches on that field.
  • Integration of user-friendly data map display services and design an effective and efficient user interface for geodata study and use.

Forth will also lead T4.2 Damage assessment technology.

Moreover, FORTH will research and define the list of key factors for effective risk assessment of cultural heritage sites and areas (T5.1). FORTH will also support the implementation of the Greek trials to be implemented in Crete by EFARET).