Coastline Evolution of the Upper Adriatic Sea due to Sea Level Rise and Natural and Anthropogenic Land Subsidence

  • Giuseppe Gambolati

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. G. Gambolati, G. Giunta, M. Putti, P. Teatini, L. Tomasi, I. Betti et al.
    Pages 1-34
  3. P. Teatini, G. Gambolati, L. Tomasi, M. Putti
    Pages 133-150
  4. M. Gonella, G. Gambolati, G. Giunta, M. Putti, P. Teatini
    Pages 151-168
  5. C. Decouttere, K. De Backer, J. Monbaliu, J. Berlamont
    Pages 169-183
  6. C. Decouttere, K. De Backer, J. Monbaliu, J. Berlamont
    Pages 185-205
  7. C. S. Yu, C. Decouttere, J. Berlamont
    Pages 207-232
  8. B. Elfrink, E. D. Christensen, I. Brøker
    Pages 233-262
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 325-346

About this book


The Upper Adriatic Sea basin comprises a very precarious coastal environment subject to continuous changes which prove appreciable not only over the geological scale but also in historical and modern times. According to some Authors the Venice Lagoon was formed 2000-3000 years ago, and other lagoons (e. g. the Grado Lagoon in the northernmost part of the Adriatic) are even more recent. In addition to lagoons, the Upper Adriatic coastal area includes salt and fresh-water marshes and reclaimed land separated by several watercourses originating from the Alpine and Apennine ranges with a ground elevation not exceeding in many places 2 m above the mean sea l. evel (msl). A significant fraction of this lowland is already now below msl because of natural and anthropogenic land subsidence, land reclamation and sea level rise occurred over the last century. Natural land subsidence is still under way as a result of deep downward tec­ tonic movement and consolidation of soils deposited in the most recent time. An­ thropogenic subsidence is primarily due to groundwater pumping for agricultural, industrial, civil, and tourist use, and to gas withdrawal from a large number of gas fields scattered through the Upper Adriatic basin, and may still continue, al­ though at a reduced rate, in the years to come. At the same time msl is expected to rise in the next century due to global climate change, mainly because of the greenhouse effect.


Deltas Erosion Groundwater environment sedimentary basin

Editors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Gambolati
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific Applications (DMMMSA)University of PadovaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6163-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5147-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-092X
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