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La dinamica costiera della riserva naturale della Sentina

Articolo pubblicato sulla rivista Open access 'Ocean & Coastal Management' (Volume 201, 15 February 2021)

Thursday 31 December 2020

La dinamica costiera della riserva naturale della Sentina

Federico Spagnoli, già ricercatore dell'Istituto di scienze marine ed oggi Cnr-Irbim ha collaborato all'articolo "Metrics for short-term coastal characterization, protection and planning decisions of Sentina Natural Reserve, Italy" pubblicato sulla rivista Open access 'Ocean & Coastal Management' (Volume 201, 15 February 2021) riguardante la dinamica costiera della riserva naturale della Sentina, nelle Marche.

Di seguito l'abstract dell'articolo:

"Geomorphological and sedimentological surveys of the emerged and submerged beach-dune system are fundamental for a successful management and protection strategies for coastal planning and development. In particular, these surveys can reveal if coastal areas are affected by erosion, pollution and loss of habitats under the seasonal anthropic pressure related to tourism, leisure and professional fishing, urbanisation and/or other activities impacting the coastal marine resources.

In the present study we discuss the results of the multidisciplinary monitoring activities carried out within the Sentina Natural Reserve (Municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto, Adriatic side of Central Italy, at the south-eastern end of the Marche Region) proposing an exportable methodological approach. Due to the absence of buildings, the study area has not been considered in the coastal protection plan by regional and local authorities and, as a consequence, it is currently exposed to severe coastal erosion, the rate of which has been more precisely determined during the present study. This monitoring testifies that most of the seaward surface of the beach disappeared resulting in a general set back of the whole beach environment. In the last decades, several restoration strategies have been adopted to protect and restore the dunes and the back dunes habitats and the municipality also carried out an emergency action to nourish the beach, including the use of sand dredged from the nearby city harbor.

With this sediment management approach, a tradeoff between safety of navigation of harbor inlet and habitat conservation of Natural Reserve have been reached, since beach nourishment can reduce coastal vulnerability and risk, even though its sustainability in the long term is still debated".

Per informazioni:
Federico Spagnoli

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