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Zonta Roberto

Zonta Roberto

Senior Scientist
Laurea in Physics, 1983, University of Padua
Postgraduate Diplomes of the European Institute for Advanced Study in Oceanography, in "Modelling of Marine Ecosystems” (1990) and "Biogeochemical Processes in Estuaries" (1991). Delegate-in-charge, Venice Institute

ADDRESS
ISMAR Istituto di Scienze Marine - Arsenale-Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia

CONTACT
Phone +39 041 2407929

INTERESTS

Roberto Zonta is mainly  interested to the study of transitional coastal ecosystems, referring in particolar to Venice, its lagoon and its drainage basin:

  • hydrodynamics and physico-chemistry of shallow water systems;
  • pollution processes (heavy metals);
  • metodologies  for the evaluation of water and sediment quality, and the definition of quality indexes;
  • urban pollution in transtional waters;
  • eco-hydrology;
  • field and lab instruments.

A significant part of his work has always been dedicated to the management and development of the scientific activities and the training of young scientists.

ACTIVITY
  • Delegate-in-charge, Venice Institute (2009 - )
  • Coordinator and scientific responsible of the QSEV project  (2008 - ), Quality of the Sediment in the Venice Lagoon. CNR ISMAR - Magistrato alle Acque - Consorzio Venezia Nuova
  • Responsible of the Committee TA.P03.009 (2005 - ), Quality of the transitional environments, CNR-Department “Earth and Environment”
  • Scientific supervisor  of the DRAIN project (1998 – 2001), Determination of water and pollutant inputs from the drainage basin to the Venice Lagoon.  Magistrato alle Acque – Consorzio Venezia Nuova.
  • Responsible of the work-unit CNR-ISDGM in the WATERS project (1996 – 1998), Realization of a real-time monitoring system of the water quality. Unione Europea, Life '96
  • About 300 tecnical-scientifical publications, including 30 scientific paper in ISI journals, 7 contributions to international books, and 75 proceedings of international and national congresses. Guest Editor on a special issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin (2007). Referee for several scientific journals (Wetlands Ecology and Management, Environmental Pollution, Environment International, Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Chemistry and Ecology, Marine Pollution Bulletin).Scientific consultant of the Venice Municipality and responsible of sampling and analytical activities for the classification of sediment in Venice canal network, Grand Canal, Chioggia canals, and in the canals of Murano, Burano and Torcello isles (1994 – 2007).
PUBLICATIONS

About 300 tecnical-scientifical publications, including 30 scientific paper in ISI journals, 7 contributions to international books, and 75 proceedings of international and national congresses. Guest Editor on a special issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin (2007). Referee for several scientific journals (Wetlands Ecology and Management, Environmental Pollution, Environment International, Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Chemistry and Ecology, Marine Pollution Bulletin).

SELECTED PAPERS
  • R.Zonta, F.Costa, F.Collavini, L.Zaggia, 2005. Objectives and structure of the DRAIN project: an extensive study of the delivery from the drainage basin of the Venice Lagoon (Italy). Environment International, 31, 923-928.
  • A.Zuliani, L.Zaggia, R.Zonta, 2005. Freshwater discharge from the drainage basin to the Venice Lagoon (Italy). Environment International, 31, 929-938.
  • F.Collavini, C.Bettiol, L.Zaggia and R.Zonta, 2005. Pollutant loads from the drainage basin to the Venice Lagoon (Italy). Environment International, 31, 939-947.
  • R.Zonta, F.Collavini, L.Zaggia, A.Zuliani, 2005. The effect of floods on the transport of suspended sediments and contaminants: a case study from the estuary of the Dese River (Venice Lagoon, Italy). Environment International, 31, 948-958.
  • R. Zonta, J. K. Cochran, F. Collavini, F. Costa, M. Scattolin and L. Zaggia, 2005. Sediment and heavy metal accumulation in a small canal, Venice, Italy. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 8, 63-71.
  • R.Zonta, L.Zaggia, F.Collavini, F.Costa and M. Scattolin, 2005. Sediment pollution assessment of the Venice canal network (Italy). Flooding and Environmental Challenges for Venice and its Lagoon, C.A. Fletcher and T.Spencer Eds, Cambridge University Press, UK, chapter 64, 603-615.
  • E.Coraci, G.Umgiesser, R.Zonta, 2007. Hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling in the canals of Venice (Italy): Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Sciences, 75, 250-260.
  • R. Zonta, M. Botter, D. Cassin, R. Pini, M. Scattolin, L. Zaggia, 2007. Sediment chemical contamination of a shallow water area close to the industrial zone of Porto Marghera (Venice Lagoon, Italy). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55, 529-542 (2007).
  • R.Zonta, S.Guerzoni, A.Perez-Ruzafa, V.N. de Jonge, 2007. Measuring and managing changes in estuaries and lagoons: Morphological and eco-toxicological aspects. Editorial. Marine Pollution Bulletin 55, 403-406.
  • G.Botter, F.Peratoner, M.Putti, A.Zuliani, R.Zonta, A.Rinaldo and M.Marani, 2008. Observation and modeling of catchment-scale solute transport in the hydrologic response: A tracer study. Water Resources Research 44, W05409, doi:10.1029/2007WR006611.
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