Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Laboratory of Geophysical - Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment

The Laboratory of Geophysics - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment (GeoSat ReSeArch Lab) is active in the field of Geoinformatics, covering a wide range of Geophysical Surveys, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Satellite Remote Sensing, Phtotogrammetry 3D visualization and Landscape modelling. Emphasis is placed on both the natural and cultural environment. The Laboratory conducts basic and applied research in the above research fields through International, European and National research programs. At the same time, it has developed a training and education program for researchers of geophysical, satellite remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems applications in archeology and culture, while at the same time is conducting studies on the anthropogenic effects on the natural environment over time. Equipped with the most modern geophysical equipment for the investigation of shallow depths and with the development of algorithms for processing geophysical data and tools for spatial analysis and models through Geographic Information Systems and satellite image processing, the Laboratory offers a complete package of services related to imaging surface, subsoil and shallow submarine targets, mapping of natural / cultural resources, developing Web GIS applications and developing web geographic databases. The Laboratory has entered into numerous collaborations with university and research institutions from Greece and abroad beyond the borders of the Mediterranean. The continuous activities of the Laboratory are disseminated through scientific publications, international conferences and workshops.

Among the most important activities of the Lab are the following:

  • Coordination or/and participation in more than 90 national and European research projects (H2020-RISE, KRIPIS-POLITEIA II, KRIPIS-PERAN, HFRI postdoc, FORTH-SYNERGY, ΥΠΟΔΟΜΕΣ, H2020-STORM, Post doc Research Scholarships – IKY, ISAP Fund, H2020-VI-SEEM, Archaeo-FormoSat, USA-NSF, SIEMENS, ARISTEIA I & II, Archaeolandscapes Europe, KRIPIS-POLITEIA, ΚΡΙΠΗΣ-ΠΕΦΥΚΑ, ΘΑΛΗΣ, LIFE+ , DRAGON-3, MARIE CURIE IF, Wenner-Gren Foundation, NSF-USA, Cultiure 2008-2013, Leverhulme Trust, University of Cyprus, ELIDEK, e-Content, INTERREG, ARCHIMED, ETΠΑ, ΠΕΝΕΔ, ΕΠΕΑΕΚ, INSTAP, NERC, Prefecture of Crete, Γ' ΚΠΣ).
  • Organization and participation in more than 250 programs of applied and primary research with emphasis on geophysical and remote sensing surveys of archaeological sites and natural environment.
  • Development of more than 45 databases and 50 GIS / Web GIS applications for the management of cultural and natural resources.
  • More than 600 publications in international scientific journals, 250+ oral presentations and 120+ posters in conferences and 150 technical reports.
  • Organization of international conferences and summer schools and participation of its research staff in scientific and organizational committees of international conferences.
  • Contribution to the internship of students (over 300) from various Universities such as: Technical University of Crete, the University of Crete, the University of Thessaly, the University of the Aegean and  National and Kapodestrian University of Athens.
  • Participation in the supervision of postdoctoral researchers (from Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Australia, United States, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Belgium, China, etc.) and dissertations (doctoral dissertations, postgraduate and undergraduate theses) in cooperation with Greek and foreign University Institutions.
  • Transnational technological research projects with Cyprus, Boulgaria, China, USA etc.
  • Member of international research organizations such as: Copernicus Academy, GEO (Group on Earth Observation), ΑGILE (Association Geographic Information Laboratories Europe), EPOCH (Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage) και EARSEL (European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories).
  • Participation in the organization of the Interdepartmental Program of   Postgraduate Studies of the University of Crete (EPEAEK - Department of History & Archeology and Department of Computer Science) and in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Crete, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of the Aegean, Technical University of Crete and TEI of Crete.
  • Organization of training seminars in the scientific fields of  GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing and GPS focusing on professionals, staff of public and private bodies and students (e.g. Ministry of Culture / Ephorates of Antiquities, Prefectures, Municipalities, IGME, etc.)


Dimitrios Alexakis

Dimitrios Alexakis

Principal Researcher
Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS
Curriculum vitae
Nasos Argyriou

Nasos Argyriou

Assistant researcher
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Nafsika Andriopoulou

Nafsika Andriopoulou

Postdoctoral researcher
Angelos Chliaoutakis

Angelos Chliaoutakis

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae
Anna Novikova

Anna Novikova

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae
Alexandros Tourtas

Alexandros Tourtas

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae
George Lampropoulos

George Lampropoulos

Ph.D. Candidate
Harokopio University of Athens
Curriculum vitae
Athanasios Kalpaxis †

Athanasios Kalpaxis †

FORTH Distinguished Member, Professor Emeritus
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
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  • Apostolos Sarris
  • Evangelos Alevizos
  • Gianluca Cantoro
  • Nadia Coutsinas
  • Jamieson C. Donati
  • Manolis Gryllakis
  • Tuna Kalayci
  • Melda Küçükdemirci
  • Maria Cristina Manzetti
  • Christos Polykretis
  • Konstantinos Roussos
  • Rebecca Seifried
  • Kleanthis Simyrdanis
  • Lemonia Argyriou
  • Marianna Katifori
  • Katerina Konstantinou
  • Meropi Manataki
  • Aggeliki Alygizaki
  • Eleni Apostolidou
  • Nikos Beteinis
  • Michael J Curtis

Research Projects

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.


Mapping the Early Farmers in Thrace

Τhe Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment participates in the project MAPFARM which is held under the auspices of the Democritus University of Thrace and funded by Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation. The lab has undertaken the task of the large scale geophysical mapping of various neolithic sites in Xanthi and Rodopi.


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

Κεντρικός στόχος του έργου ΔΙΑΤΟΠΟ αποτελεί η ανάπτυξη κατάλληλου πλαισίου εφαρμογής πρακτικών τεκμηρίωσης και ανάδειξης του θαλάσσιου και ορεινού πολιτιστικού και φυσικού περιβάλλοντος και πρόληψης κινδύνων συνδεδεμένων με φυσικούς και ανθρωπογενείς παράγοντες, με έμφαση στο ανατολικό Μιραμπέλο. Το έργο πρόκειται να ενεργοποιήσει και να εφαρμόσει δράσεις που θα περιλαμβάνουν την συλλογή πρωτότυπου αρχαιολογικού και ιστορικού υλικού, την ενοποίηση του θαλάσσιου (Ελούντα) και του ορεινού (Οξά) τοπίου στο πλαίσιο της δημιουργίας συνδυαστικών θαλάσσιων και χερσαίων γεωαρχαιολογικών διαδρομών, την μελέτη και ανάλυση των περιβαλλοντικών συνθηκών των αρχαιολογικών θέσεων, την τεκμηρίωση και χαρτογράφηση θέσεων με μεθόδους γεωπληροφορικής (αεροφωτογράφιση, υποβρύχια τεκμηρίωση, παράκτια, χερσαία και υποθαλάσσια γεωφυσική χαρτογράφηση, τρισδιάστατη τεκμηρίωση τοπίου και αρχιτεκτονικών δομών), την υλοποίηση εφαρμογής εικονικής πραγματικότητας για την ανάδειξη και προβολή του φυσικού και πολιτιστικού τοπίου και την ευρεία διάχυση των αποτελεσμάτων. Το έργο βρίσκεται σε συμφωνία με τις προτεραιότητες της περιφερειακής στρατηγικής της έξυπνης εξειδίκευσης και της βιώσιμης ανάπτυξης και τα αποτελέσματά του θα ενδυναμώσουν την περιφερειακή οικονομία στον τομέα του εναλλακτικού τουρισμού και της τουριστικής επισκεψιμότητας, μέσω της ανάδειξης της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς και του φυσικού περιβάλλοντος, ως βασικών πυλώνων στην προσπάθεια εμπλουτισμού και αναβάθμισης του τουριστικού προϊόντος.

Το πρόγραμμα εντάσσεται στο Επιχειρησιακό Πρόγραμμα «Κρήτη», “Έργα επίδειξης πειραματικής ανάπτυξης, που προωθούν την έρευνα και καινοτομία σε τομείς της RIS3Crete” της Περιφέρειας Κρήτης, και θα έχει τριετή διάρκεια στην περίοδο Μάρτιος 2019-Μάρτιος 2022 με συνολικό προϋπολογισμό 212.266,25 Ευρώ. Συμμετέχοντες φορείς Ίδρυμα Τεχνολογίας και Έρευνας (Συντονιστής) Εφορεία Εναλίων Αρχαιοτήτων Εφορεία Αρχαιοτήτων Λασιθίου Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης/Τμήμα Ιστορίας-Αρχαιολογίας.


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.


Innovative technologies for climate change mitigation by Mediterranean Agricultural Sector

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€