Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects

DE.F.I.C.I.T

DEcision system For Irrigation in Crete based on Innovative Technologies - DE.F.I.C.I.T

(2019 -2022)

:The purpose of the proposed project is to establish an integrated spatial decision-making system in large-scale (Crete Water District) with the aim of: (a) precisely identifying irrigation needs, according to optimal crop yields and proper management of water resources; b) designing optimal adaptation scenarios for the agricultural sector in the light of upcoming climate change; and c)  the dynamic integration of the above information through the creation of a platform for immediate and real-time updated information to be provided to businesses and entities, whose actions are directly related to the optimal design and management of land improvement projects in the Region of Crete.

Ierapetra Harbour Survey

Geoarchaeological research in the broader area of Ierapetra harbour, Crete

(2019 )

In October 2019 the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in collaboration with the Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of IMS-FORTH undertook a scoping survey of the ancient harbour of Ierapetra (anc. Hierapytna) in Eastern Crete. The objective was to increase our understanding of the ancient harbour and its relationship with the present landscape. The survey examined the eastern mole, the modern harbour area and the western foreshore. The survey revealed a complex landscape, with changes over time that had not been previously noted and which affected the interpretation of the location and access to the ancient harbour. A series of previously unrecorded Roman structures were also identified.

DIATOPO

Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου

(2019 -2022)

Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου

UnSaLa

Unlocking Sacred Landscapes (UnSaLa)

(2018 -2020)

This inter-disciplinary network is concerned with the diachronic study of the temporality, spatiality and materiality of Mediterranean sacred landscapes in general.

BIOnian

Actions to protect and promote the biodiversity of ecosystems and of areas of natural beauty of the Ionian Islands through "smart" systems of detection, recording, digital mapping and pressures management

(2018 -2022)

The BIOnian project aims at identifying, recording, mapping and developing "smart" tools for monitoring and identifying the Ionian Islands Region species that are related, supported or used as habitat for the Region's territorial resources.

ClimaMED

Innovative technologies for climate change mitigation by Mediterranean Agricultural Sector

(2018 -2022)

LIFE17 CCM/GR/000087

Total project Budget: 2,859,783€
Total eligible project budget: 2,771,090€
European Community contribution: 1,662,654€ (60% of the eligible budget)
Beneficiaries contribution: 1,197,129€

SettleinEastCrete

Spatial Dynamics and Settlement Patterns in Eastern Crete from the Classical to the Venetian Period

(2018 -2021)

This project attempts to highlight the developments of the settlement patterns in Eastern Crete from the Classical to the Venetian period. The main goal is to enlighten the transition from the ancient autonomous city-states to the medieval cities and villages. This work aims to a better understanding of the economic, social, political and also environmental issues that influenced that evolution.

Concentrating on the eastern part of Crete, it is the occasion to see how, on a same territory but on a long chronological period, through very different administrative systems, population has organized itself, balancing between a centralized and a disseminated mode of settlement.

5DARE

Development of an integrated 5 Dimensional space based methodology for Assessing and modeling the Response of Erosion dynamics to land use and climatic changes in Mediterranean watersheds

(2018 -2021)

The purpose of the project is to develop integrated methodologies for using  space technology to estimate soil erosion rates in Mediterranean basins. 5DARE project will assess the impacts of a changing climate, land use, soil moisture, hydrology and vegetation cover on the quantity of erosion processes in catchments areas in the Mediterranean.

BalkanROAD

Ευρωπαϊκη Εδαφικη Συνεργασια Balkan-Mediterranean

(2017 -2020)

Ευρωπαϊκη Εδαφικη Συνεργασια Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020

OXA

Oros Oxa Archaeological Survey

(2017 )

The surface survey at Mount Oxa started in 2017 under the auspices of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine Department of the Ministry of Culture and Sport (protocol number: ΥΠΠΟΑ/ΓΔΑΠΚ/ΔΒΜΑ/ΤΕΕΑΕΙ/ 357358/233390/6024/541). This deliberation granted the permission to the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lassithi to begin a new surface survey on Mount Oxa in collaboration with the Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and ArchaeoEnvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (FORTH), in a program articulated in three years  (2017-2019).

MedSTACH

Eastern Mediterranean Science and Technology Centre for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage - MedSTACH

(2017 -2019)

Project MedSTACH aims to establish Cyprus as an excellence hub in archaeology and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean region, capitalising on multidisciplinary research and technological innovation. To this end, key Cypriot public academic institutions and national policy makers and stakeholders are teaming up with leading international research and academic institutions to lay the groundwork towards creating the Eastern Mediterranean Science and Technology Centre for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (acronym MedSTACH).

STORM

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage, Technical and Organisational, Resources Management

(2016 -2019)

STORM plans to introduce an integrated framework and a platform providing tools and services both on macro level to give a global view of the entire value chain and on specific level to promote the improvement of specific processes for protection and danger prevention.

BAKOTA

The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeology (BAKOTA) project

(2015 -2018)

The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeology (BAKOTA) project is studying a cemetery population (Békés Jégvermi-kert) in Eastern Hungary during the Bronze Age, and aims to understand how this region differs from neighbouring areas. Our primary area of interest is to understand how travel and participation in trade networks affected sociocultural change and the emergence of social inequality in later European prehistory (2000-1500 BC).