Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Tagliapietra D., Ghirardini A. V. Notes on coastal lagoon typology in the light of the EU Water Framework Directive: Italy as a case study. In: Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol. 16 (5) pp. 457 - 467. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2006.
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires that Member States differentiate the transitional water bodies into types. 2. WFD assigns coastal lagoons to two different water categories, 'transitional waters' and 'coastal waters' on the basis of freshwater influence. 3. The main physical factors that contribute to the genesis and characterization of coastal lagoons are coastal typology, tidal range and climate. 4. Italian lagoons are presented as an example of how these physical factors can be used in coastal lagoon characterization and typology. On this basis, a clear distinction of Italian lagoons into two main groups is possible: Northern Adriatic and Mediterranean. 5. Large lagoons can be profitably subdivided into a hierarchical system of sub-basins facilitating both the comparison of parts of the same lagoon and the comparison between different lagoons. 6. The basins are consistent water bodies that can be used as managerial units for environmental conservation, species protection and wise use of resources. Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
DOI: 10.1002/aqc.768
Subject coastal lagoons
Northern Adriatic
Water Framework Directive

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