Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment

Since 1996, the Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (I.M.S.) / Foundation of Research & Technology (F.O.R.T.H.) has been active in the areas of Geophysical Prospection, Satellite Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3D Reconstructions & VR and Archaeo-environment and has been widely 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 both in Greece and abroad.

The Laboratory employs the most modern techniques for accurate field measurements and has a technical support (hardware and software) that meets the needs of processing, analyzing and mapping geophysical and satellite data. It has more than 30 collaborations with universities and research institutes from Greece and abroad (Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, U.S.A., China, Cyprus, Sweden, Island, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, a.o). Its long term collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and other cultural and educational foundations has created a bridge of communication and trust. Its long term collaboration with the different sections of the Ministry of Culture and other cultural organizations has created a channel of reciprocal communication and trust. The continuing activities of the Lab led to the publication of Archaeo-Telepiskopika Nea in order to enhance communication with the scientific community and help the dissemination of the results of our research projects.

Since 1996, the Lab has completed more than 100 research projects. Services and collaborations of the Lab have been expanded to cover a large number of Greek and foreign institutes and other public and private organizations including the Technical University of Crete, the University of Crete, the University of Athens, the University of Ioannina, the University of Cyprus, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Divisions of Volos, Cyclades, Dodekanesse, Kavala, Komotini, Chania, Lasithi, Thebes, Lamia, Kerkyra, Ioannina, a.o.), ITSAK, Foundation of Hellenic World, Foundation for the Study of Alexander's Civilization, Natural History Museum - University of Crete, Municipality of Rethymno, Ecole Francaise D'Athenes, Swedish Archaeological School of Athens, K.I. Sarantopoulos Ltd - METON Ltd (Athens - Salonika highway), Instituto Per Gli Studi Micenei De Egeo-Anatolici, Groningen Inst. of Archaeology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Οhio State University, Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Cornell, Univ. of Washington, Univ. of Nebraska - Lincoln, Univ. of Melbourne and Univ. of Monash, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a.o. The Lab is also connected to development and public agencies for carrying out large scale development and construction works (e.g. construction of national road Athens-Thessaloniki, Attika highway, ERGOSE A.E. railways, AGET-HERAKLES, K.I. Sarantopoulos Ltd - ΜΕΤOΝ Ltd, ΤΕΑΒ Α.Ε., Doxiadis Associates/ABP PLUS International S.A., Prefecture of Rethymno, Municipality of Rethymno, a.o.).

Among the major milestones of the Lab, we can include the following:

  • Participation in more than 20 large-scale national and international research programs (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).
  • Scientific supervision and partnership of more than 100 projects of applied and basic research focused mainly in geophysical prospection of archaeological sites.
  • Construction of more than 45 Data Bases and 50 GIS/WEB_GIS applications for the management and promotion of cultural heritage and natural resources.
  • More than 200 publications in international journals (100), conferences (102 oral and 58 poster communications) and 70 technical reports.
  • More than 20 reviews from local and international communication media.
  • Co-organization of CAA2002 and participation in the scientific and organizing committees of Int. conferences and symposia.
  • Practical training of more than 120 students from Greek and foreign universities (U. of Crete, U. of Thessaly, Technical Univ. of Crete, Technological Educational Institute of Crete and Athens.
  • Research supervising of graduate and undergraduate dissertations (6 PhD, 12 MA/MSc, 16 BA) from national and foreign universities.
  • Bilateral and Technological Research Programs with Cyprus, Bulgaria and China.
  • Member of International organizations, such as ΑGILE (Association Geographic Information Laboratories Europe), EPOCH - Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage και EARSEL - European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories.
  • Participation in the organizing committee of the EPEAK graduate program of the University of Crete (Departments of History and Archaeology & Department of computer Science) and contribution in teaching graduate and undergraduate seminars at the U. of Crete, Thessaloniki and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete.
  • Organization of educational seminars for GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing, GPS and geophysical prospection customized for the needs of processionals and public servants (e.g. IGME, Ministry of Culture, Prefecture, Municipality, a.o.).


Nasos Argyriou

Postdoctoral researcher
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Gianluca Cantoro

Postdoctoral researcher
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Angelos Chliaoutakis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Nadia Coutsinas

Postdoctoral researcher
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Jamieson C. Donati

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Manolis Gryllakis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Christos Polykretis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Konstantinos Roussos

Postdoctoral researcher
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Kleanthis Simyrdanis

Postdoctoral researcher
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Katerina Konstantinou

Art historian, PhD candidate of Social Anthropology
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
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Michael J Curtis

Landscape and Coastal Archaeologist
University of Leicester, U.K.
Curriculum vitae

Athanasios Kalpaxis

FORTH Distinguished Member
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
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Research Projects


Ανίχνευση και απόδοση της γεωργικής ξηρασίας στην ανθρωπογενή κλιματική αλλαγή

Ανίχνευση και απόδοση της γεωργικής ξηρασίας στην ανθρωπογενή κλιματική αλλαγή


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

: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

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.


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

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


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

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.


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

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.

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