The Italy’s Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) is a national public body, established in 2008, subject to the vigilance of the Ministry for Environment, Territory and Sea. ISPRA results from the merging of three former institutions: the Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services (APAT), the Central Institute for ISPRA is a public research body subject to the vigilance of the Italian Minister for Environment, Territory and Sea. ISPRA performs technical functions as well as scientific research in the environmental sector according to more than 80 environmental laws, in network with 21 local environmental agencies. ISPRA provides technical and scientific support to marine protection policies, including in the case of pollution emergencies, and the Italian official delegations at multilateral agreements. ISPRA is the national data provider on sea level and waves and its national system for marine observation includes: the Italian national data buoy network for sea wind waves measurements; the Italian national tide gauge network; the Venice Lagoon and North Adriatic tide gauge network.