Environmental Geology

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 814–820

Subsidence due to peat oxidation and impact on drainage infrastructures in a farmland catchment south of the Venice Lagoon

Authors

    • Department of Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific ApplicationsUniversity of Padova
  • M. Putti
    • Department of Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific ApplicationsUniversity of Padova
  • P. Teatini
    • Department of Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific ApplicationsUniversity of Padova
  • G. Gasparetto Stori
    • Consorzio di Bonifica Adige-Bacchiglione
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00254-006-0176-6

Cite this article as:
Gambolati, G., Putti, M., Teatini, P. et al. Environ Geol (2006) 49: 814. doi:10.1007/s00254-006-0176-6

Abstract

Large agricultural areas reclaimed in the past century, south of the Venice Lagoon, have experienced significant land subsidence due to oxidation of peat organic soils. This has exposed the region to flood hazard particularly during severe storms and has contributed to increase the marginal management cost of the infrastructures (ditches, levees, pumping stations) designed to operate the drainage system. Direct measurements and indirect evidence from the channel network suggest a land settlement between 1.5 and 2 m over the past 70 years. This paper provides an overview of the problem with important information on its most recent evolution.

Keywords

Land subsidencePeat oxidationDrainage infrastructuresVenice Lagoon catchment

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