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COVID-19 lockdown measures reveal human impact on water transparency in the Venice Lagoon

By Ismar-CNR researchers in the special issue "COVID-19: Impact by and on the Environment"

Friday 29 May 2020

COVID-19 lockdown measures reveal human impact on water transparency in the Venice Lagoon

Federica Braga, Gian Marco Scarpa, Vittorio Ernesto Brando, Giorgia Manfè, Luca Zaggia
COVID-19 lockdown measures reveal human impact on water transparency in the Venice Lagoon
Science of The Total Environment
Volume 736, 20 September 2020, 139612
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139612

Highlights

  • Lockdown measures in Venice restricted the mobility and stopped water traffic, with a consequent decrease of wake waves.
  • An unprecedented water transparency in the city canals was determined by the reduction of boat traffic and tourism.
  • Turbidity remained at usual levels in sustained wind conditions.
  • Essential activities like fisheries and commercial shipping continued through the lockdown thus revealing their impact.

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