Founded in July 1961 as a Research Centre for Nuclear Research, Demokritos is today the largest multidisciplinary Research Centre of Greece with approximately 180 Researchers in tenured and tenure-track positions and over 500 Research Personnel working in projects funded mainly by grants from State Funds, the European Union and Private Industries.
The Environmental Research Laboratory(EREL) of INRASTES is an established RTO combining complementary expertise in atmospheric research and environmental decision support systems with important research potential (awarded the largest FP-REGPOT ENTEC for climate research and coordinating the H2020 project-EU-CIRCLE). EREL follows an integrated R&D approach to environment and climate, contributing to environmental protection and sustianble development in regional and global terms. R&D in climate change and regional models, dynamical downscaling, prognostic - diagnostic meteorology and data assimilation, CFD modelling, decision support systems, dispersion of air pollutants, air quality, atmospheric aerosol and heavy metal pollution, integrated with advanced risk analysis and impact assessments are subjects of major research focus. EREL has deveoped unparalled in Greece expertise on the provision of climate services for the infrastructures, maritime sectors and disaster management through numerous RTD projects and participations in international fora. Additionally, the in-house seasonal forecasting models with a spatial resolution of 5km, generated on a biweekly basis, and the dynamic downscaling of climate projections on 5km are unique products of the lab.