Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Luchetta A., Alvisi F., Cantoni C., Cozzi S., Catalano G., Ravaioli M., Focaccia P., Bajt O. Planning and designing an integrated management of coastal hypoxia in the Emila Romagna region water (Northern Adriatic Sea). In: China Italy Bilateral Symposiuom on the coastal zone and continental shelf evolution trend (ISMAR UOS di Bologna, 5-8 October 2010). Proceedings, pp. 204 - 213. Maurizio Barazutti, Francesco Marabini (eds.). Albisani Editore, 2010.
Abstract The design of an integrated monitoring network useful for the early-warning, the management and mitigation of both the environmental and socio-economic costs of hypoxia/anoxia events in the Northern Adriatic coastal zone, south of the mouth of the Po river, is described in the contribute. It has been developed within the EMMA research project (Environmental Management through Monitoring and Modelling of Anoxia; LIFE04ENV/IT/0479) (2004-2007). Over the past few decades, hypoxia events have recurrently affected the coastal zone of Emilia Romagna Region (Italy). Data collected by the C.Z. lying in the Province of Rimini, because of its economic importance, are presented. The area is subjected to intense anthropogenic pressure due to its high population (416 000 equivalent inhabitants) with tourist seasonal peaks of up to 973 110 equivalent inhabitants (in summer time), to industrial and agricultural activity, to maritime traffic and nutrient river discharges (about 600 tons y-1 of nitrogen and 300 tons y-1 of phosphorus, in 2002). Hypoxia and anoxia have a negative effect on the quality of bathing waters as well as on fishing and mussel farming, which are important activities for the economy of the area. The planning of the monitoring network has been carried out by analyzing the scientific knowledge on hypoxia in the local area; its integration with other existing monitoring activities, available facilities and data resources was considered in order to optimize cost effectiveness of the network.
Subject Northern Adriatic Sea, Emilia Romagna Region Waters

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