The National Observatory of Athens is the oldest research centre in Greece, founded in 1842. The Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (IERSD) is one of the three Institutes of NOA. Since 1858, meteorological observations are conducted on a regular basis, thus IERSD holds the oldest meteorological database in Greece. IERSD focuses on operational weather forecasting based on state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction models and a – still expanding – network of automated meteorological stations, application of regional climate models (RCMs) for the study of the effect of anthropogenic activities on climate, development of GHG emission inventories for national energy policy planning.
IERSD has extensive experience in funded projects, such as: LIFE ADAPT2CLIMA (Adaptation to Climate change Impacts on the Mediterranean islands’ Agriculture); (Εnsembles based predictions of climate changes and their impacts), MICE (Modelling the impacts of climate extremes); CIRCE (Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment) and CLIMRUN (Climate Local Information in the Mediterranean region: Responding to User Needs).