Flooding and Environmental Challenges for Venice and Its Lagoon: State of Knowledge

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 14, 2005 - Nature - 691 pages
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This book was first published in 2005. Time may be running out for Venice. With rising average water levels, the frequency of city flooding is increasing and the threat of a repeat of the November 1966 events, when a violent storm surge took water levels nearly two metres higher than usual, remains. Surrounding the city is a severely degraded lagoon ecosystem. This timely scientific and technical volume synthesises the great wealth and diversity of recent interdisciplinary research on Venice and its Lagoon and the prospects for large engineering interventions to separate the lagoon and sea, as well as other measures in the built environment, discussed at an International Conference, held at Churchill College, Cambridge, in September 2003. The lessons and inferences reported here show how Venice, with its mix of challenges to protect its prestigious cultural heritage within one of the largest coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean, and against a background of pressures brought about by industry, port activities and tourism, share many issues with other areas threatened by coastal flooding, including areas of the Netherlands, the USA and the cities of London and St Petersburg.
  

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Contents

creating a forum for international debate
3
geological and environmental context
17
climate events and marine
41
present and future climate
59
State of Knowledge ed C A Fletcher and T Spencer
79
APAT duties and technoscientific activities regarding the Lagoon of Venice
99
palaeoenvironmental changes ancient sealevel
117
urban flooding and the urban system
143
The influence of the inlet configuration on sediment loss in the Venice Lagoon
419
system functioning as a basis for sustainable management
445
Morphological restoration techniques
461
ecological processes and environmental quality
489
striving towards a comprehensive
505
a continuous
517
a review
529
Pressures on Mediterranean coastal lagoons as a consequence of human activities
545

Urban maintenance in Venice
159
St Marks Basilica as a case study in flooding issues for historical Venice
175
Venice high water protection measures in St Marks Square
189
Economic valuation of onsite material damages of high water on economic activities based
205
City knowledge as key to understanding the relation between waters and stones in Venice
219
UNESCO contribution to a better understanding of the Venice urban system
237
Barrier caissons construction details
257
Mobile barriers as a management tool for water quality and lagoon flushing
279
Cardiff Bay Barrage lessons learnt 19902003
295
storm surge barrier in the Rotterdam New Waterway
311
Integrated water management for support of sustainable development of St Petersburg region
335
physical processes sediments and morphology of the Venice Lagoon
355
Open problems in modelling the long term morphodynamic evolution of Venice Lagoon
369
Application of hydrodynamic and morphological models
391
Changes in nutrients and plankton communities in the Venice Lagoon
557
Distribution of Zostera noltii Zostera marina and Cymodocea nodosa in Venice Lagoon
567
Breeding birds and vegetation monitoring in recreated salt marshes of the Venice Lagoon
573
loads from the drainage basin
581
Trace metal fluxes in the Venice Lagoon
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Sediment contamination assessment of the Venice canal network Italy
603
results of a recent survey
617
a global approach to waste water treatment and reuse in
631
synthesis and prospect
641
Venice an issue of sustainability
649
Al An overview of the main findings of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC
661
A2 Special Laws for Venice
671
A4 Committees of the Cambridge Project 20012004
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Tom Spencer is Director of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit.

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