The Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) offers various services: from field measurements supply to data processing, according to the specialized sector.

The Institute collaborates with national and international universities, public administrations and private companies on the realization of applied research projects related to the territory, financed by the European Union and national funds from the public and private sector. The partnership with the cantonal administration regards several issues: the maintenance of the monitoring network of water resources, flood forecasts, the development of web services for the design and management of environment databases.