The lab is located close to theĀ Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime, one of the largest Parks in Piedmont and one of the largest in Italy.
Several peaks more than 3,000 m. high, lakes, grasslands, small glaciers, the abundance of Alpine fauna and of botanical species constitute a unique environmental heritage.
Twinned with the French Mercantour National Park since 1987, it preserves an alpine area of 100,000 hectares which was awarded the "European Diploma for the Environment" in 1993.