The unit’s central theme is the collaborative study of the “characterisation and preparation of the transitions for a sustainable socio-environmental system”. We develop this study through thematic and methodological research, based on the lab expertise, and with a sustainable science approach.

This drives our research towards the search for solutions, their co-construction with actors/stake holders and public policies, and the development of data support and integration infrastructures.

The scientific orientations aim to address and deal with questions and problems on the following fundamental themes: 1) socio-ecological and energy transitions, 2) health, well-being of societies by preserving resources and ecosystems, 3) vulnerability, adaptation and sustainability of territories including island and coastal systems.

The scientific strategy is based on a modus operandi around a dynamic and collegial structure of research groups, both thematic and methodological.

The methodological research focuses on spatial data processing and modelling, in terms of RADAR and Optical timeseries, toward processing chains, deriving indicators, as well as the analysis, mining and integration of massive heterogeneous data, and the design of complex system models and simulations.