Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 320–332

Simulating the mobile barrier (MOSE) operation in the Venice Lagoon, Italy: global sea level rise and its implication for navigation

Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10236-006-0071-4

Cite this article as:
Umgiesser, G. & Matticchio, B. Ocean Dynamics (2006) 56: 320. doi:10.1007/s10236-006-0071-4


Three years of mobile barrier operations have been simulated with a hydrodynamic model to check the efficiency of the barriers in defending the city of Venice from flooding. The simulations have been carried out in the actual situation and with a sea-level rise of 30 and 50 cm. Moreover, the interference of the barrier operations with the ship traffic has been studied. It is found that without a security increment for the forecasted water levels, the mobile barriers cannot defend completely Venice from flooding due to the uncertainty in the forecast. With a security increment of 10 cm, the barriers work well in actual conditions but still cannot avoid flooding with a global sea-level rise. The interference with the ship traffic is acceptable under actual conditions but becomes prohibitive with a sea-level rise of 50 cm, when nearly two-thirds of the ship passages are blocked or delayed.


Venice lagoonGlobal sea-level riseMobile barriersNumerical modeling

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISMAR-CNRVeneziaItaly
  2. 2.Ipros Ingegneria Ambientale s.r.l.PadovaItaly