NAUTA was established in 2000 as a society dedicated to development of advanced and noninvasive systems to monitor marine environment. We were right off Ammiraglio Magnaghi idrographic military ship, after some weeks on board as researchers. The ship motto is Nauta pro nautis, seaman for seamen. Our name comes from this.
At that time co-founders used to work as researchers at CIBRA – Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacustics – University of Pavia. For many years we have been working on research projects aiming to develop systems and methods to study biological aspects of underwater acoustics.
In last 16 years we worked not only for University of Pavia but also for NURC – NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, for ONR – Office of Naval Research – USA and in many more smaller contracts.
We have been on board many ships (R/V Alliance – NATO, R/V Endeavor – Rhode Island University, N/I Galatea & N/I Magnaghi – Italian Navy, R/V Leonardo – NATO, R/V Esperanza – Greenpeace) developing strategies and protocols to mitigate impact of anthropogenic noise on marine animals.
We led, as sub-contractor, a part of the European project LIFE DEL-TA in Lampedusa, then, more recently we have been advisors for LIFE SHARKLIFE supplying technologies and system integrators.
We developed and realized many different remote audio/video systems for installations in the wild, off-grid.
We have been suppliers for Greenpeace UK, Fundacio CRAM Spain, SonSub UK, STARESO France, Galatee Film France , Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Humboldt University Berlin , IFM GeoMar Germany, CNRS France, NOAA National Ocean Service CCEHBR – USA, CAN France, Univ. do Porto Portugal, and many more.
In 2004 we took the opportunity to start a new activity centered on media and on interactive systems for museums. We took advantage of being very familiar with technological means and services available on internet. We therefor were able to build a new branch of activities focused on digital media communication.
Meanwhile we have never stopped writing periodical articles nor we have stopped designing web sites we were interested in (e.g. www.lebalene.it). Between 2004 and 2005 we designed and realized some of the exhibits of Biolab – Natural History Museum Milano, since 2009 one of us has been teaching “interactive system design” at IED Milano.
In 2002 Michele Manghi founded with others TRIWÙ, a society for science, innovation and technology communication. In 2016 he decided to exit TRIWÙ to dedicate full time to NAUTA.
Meanwhile we kept on working on museum exhibitions and we finished the Trezzo d’Adda River Museum project and some exhibits for EXPO Milano.