FORTH (http://www.forth.gr) was established in 1983 and is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH consisting of seven research Institutes and it is a Centre of Excellence involved in advanced research in biology, applied physics, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and chemical engineering, and the humanities.
The Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (http://www.iacm.forth.gr) is one of the Institutes of FORTH mainly concerned with issues related to numerical analysis, environmental and physiological flows and non-linear wave phenomena, Earth Observation (EO), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistical modeling and Decision Support Systems (DSS). The emphasis of the work out carried in the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics is on the development of tools and methods aimed to assist regional, urban and environmental planning as well as on the development of new techniques and software for computational fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics, and computational wave propagation. The Institute concentrates on the application of techniques from the fields of mathematics, physics, geography, applied informatics, remote sensing, statistics, operations research, city planning and economics.
EO is a key research direction in FORTH, intensifying the R&D efforts for the development of operational applications using GIS and remote sensing technology that can lead to decision support systems in the domains of environmental monitoring, urban planning, transportation applications, and health. Emphasis is also given to the synergy of remote sensing, numerical models and GIS in urban environmental studies.