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Υear of Establishment: 1846
Address: I. Metaxa & V. Pavlou str., Penteli, Αthens, P.C.: 152 36, Greece
Τel.: + 30 210 8109121, + 30 697 307 4078
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The first Research Centre in Greece and the Balkans
The Institute for Envir onme ntaTAl Research and SustaiUSTAInab le Developme nt (IERSD) is one of three Institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the first Research Centre in Greece and the Balkans. It was established in 1846 while the first meteorological observations began in 1858. It constituted the first official Meteorological Service of Greece, operating almost all meteorological stations of the existing network until 1931, when the National Meteorological Service was founded.

Besides climatic records, IERSD holds a historical record of atmospheric ozone data, monitored from 1900 to1940, which is unique for Southeastern Europe. Milestone to the evolution of the Institute was the study of atmospheric pollution, well before its evident appearance in Athens, through the systematic monitoring of classical pollutants with a network of six stations. The network was passed to the Ministry of the Environment in 1984 and formed the basis of the National Network for the Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollution.

In 1999 the Institute was renamed as Institute for Envir onme ntaTAl Research and SustaiUSTAInab le Developme nt (IERSD), in response to the modern environmental challenges for a sustainable future. Its activities expanded, in addition to meteorology and climatology, towards the study of impacts of development on the environment, climate change, hydrology & natural resources management, air quality and energy saving.

Contact Person: Nikolaos Michalopoulos