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Thursday 23 February 2012

An article on Water Resources Research

Recent numerical studies based on a simplified lithostratigraphy of the Venice subsurface suggest that the city may be raised by pumping seawater into deep aquifers through 12 wells located on a 10 km diameter circle. Using an updated 3-D reconstruction of the Quaternary deposits, developed very recently from about 1050 km of multichannel seismic profiles and eight exploration wells, along with a more accurate representation of the injection boreholes (marked in red in the figure), Teatini et al. [2011WR010900] provide more reliable predictions of the expected uplift of Venice because of seawater injection. Despite the complex geometry of the injected formations, a proper adjustment of the injection pressure in each well, according to its position with respect to the main features (extent and thickness) of the injected geologic sequences, allows for a prediction of a quite uniform 26 cm uplift 10 years after pumping inception. The results received a positive feedback from the international scientific community (see for example the News of the National Geographic


This work has been supported by CNR within Project DG.RSTL.156 (Curiosity driven) and developed within the CORILA Research Programme “The Venice Lagoon in the framework of climate changes, mitigation strategies, adaptation and evolution of land uses,” funded by Magistrato alle Acque di Venezia.


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Teatini, P., N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, and L. Tosi (2011), A new hydrogeologic model to predict anthropogenic uplift of Venice, Water Resour. Res., 47, W12507, doi:10.1029/2011WR010900.



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