Research Programmes

CORILA’s research programmes are part of the activities supported by the Special Laws for Venice and based on conventions and agreements with the Venice Water Authority and the Veneto Region.
The First (2001-2003) and Second (2004-2006) Research Programme, funded by the Special Laws for Venice, and the Research Programme of the Venice Water Authority (2008-2011) have been accomplished, while the Research Programme of the Veneto Region (2011-2013) is ongoing.

 


 

Research Programme with the Veneto Region  

The joint Research Programme with the Veneto Region aims at produce new knowledge for the safeguarding of the Lagoon of Venice, its drainage basin, and the sea facing the coasts. CORILA organizes the Research Programme through three research themes:
Theme 1
Studies, research and experimentations for supporting the preparation of the new interventions programme for the safeguarding of the environment aimed to reclaim the polluted areas of the Lagoon of Venice and to improve the environmental quality, through the identification of convenient objectives and new types of action.
Theme 2
Studies, research and experimentations for enabling the revision of the “Piano Direttore 2000”  according also to the objectives to be identified by the “Management Plan of the hydrographic sub-unity of the Drainage Basin”. The activities refer in particular to the environmental monitoring and to the appropriate executive modalities.
Theme 3
Research on the effect of climate changes in the North Adriatic sea, referring in particular on the effects of the utilization of water resources within the drainage basin (including underground waters) and their effects on the lagoon taking also into consideration potential problems arising from the management of the tidal regulation system.

 


 

Research Programme with the Venice Water Authority

CORILA organizes the Research Programme with the Venice Water Authority through 6 research themes, involving its associated scientific organizations and collaborating with other relevant scientific institutions or persons both nationally and internationally.
The overall budget of the Programme is almost 2 millions of Euros, with a co-financing of 50% of the total funds made available by the Venice Water Authority.
More information are available at the following pages:
 
Videos and presentations
Papers and presentations
 
Research themes
1. Analysis of the local scale components of the relative sea level rise, according to the global scenarios developed by IPCC.
2. The transportations of sediments from the lagoon to the sea, taking into consideration different sea level scenarios and different scenarios of uses of the tidal regulation measures (MOSE system).
3. Conservation and Evolution of the lagoon’s habitat: effects of climate change and of adaptation measures.
4. Bioavailability and biotoxicity of contaminants in lagoons and normative evolution.    
5. Lagoon’s landscape and the planning of human uses within the framework of changes and adaptation/mitigation measures
6. Integration, coordination and dissemination of the results.

 


Research Programme 2001-2003

Within the First Research Programme (2001-2003) 70 institutions and organisations have been involved, including 18 from abroad; human resources equate to 3000 man-months over three years.
The programme costs approx. 10,8 million Euro, of which €6,2m is allocated by the Special Law for Venice and the rest comes from other Administrations and the partners themselves - more than 40% of Special Law funds are matched by co-financing.
More information are available at the following pages:
 
Videos and presentations
Papers and pubblications
 
Area 1. Economics
Line 1.1. Economic valuation of environmental goods.
 
Area 2. Architecture and cultural heritage
Line 2.1. Protection from high waters and architectural conservation
 
Area 3. Environmental processes
Line 3.1. Trends in global change processes
Line 3.2. Hydrodynamics and morphology
Line 3.3. Efficiency of lagoon metabolism
Line 3.4. Chemical contamination
Line 3.5. Quantity and quality of exchanges between lagoon and sea
Line 3.6. Biodiversity in the Venice lagoon
Line 3.7. Forecasting and management models
 
Area 4. Data management and distribution
Line 4.1. Distributed Information System
 

Research Programme 2004-2006  

With the Second Research Programme (2004-2006) CORILA aims to focus on possible scenarios on the future of the Lagoon, in line with the evolution of planning for the tidal regulation and other works for environmental protection. The programme consists of 16 research lines all within three thematic areas. All aim to provide solutions to concrete issues faced by administrations responsable for safeguarding the Lagoon. The call regards an available budget of 2,8 million Euro from the Venice Special Laws funds allocated to Corila.
The research activities started in 2004.
More information are available at the following pages:
 
Videos and presentations
Papers and pubblications
 
Area 1. Economics
Line 1.2. Cost-benefits analysis of land reclamation of brownfields in the Venice lagoon
Line 1.3. Characteristics and conditions for a model of post-industrial sustainable development for venice
 
Area 2. Architettura e Beni culturali
Line 2.2. Catalogue of Venetian plasters and historical interventions for high water defence
Line 2.3. Methodologies and technologies for conservation and restoration of historical Venetian buildings
 
Area 3. Processi ambientali
Line 3.8. Speciation and flow of pollutants
Line 3.9. Pollutant flows in the lagoon carried by aerosols and atmospheric fall-out
Line 3.10. Groundwater flows in the Venice lagoon system
Line 3.11. Ecological quality indices, biodiversity and environmental management for lagoon areas
Line 3.12. Trophic chain and primary production in the lagoon metabolism
Line 3.13. Meteo-oceanographic conditions and coastal zone water quality
Line 3.14. Erosion and sedimentation processes in the Venice lagoon
Line 3.15. Solid transport and circulation of the upper layers in the inlets and coastal zone
Line 3.16. Characteristics of the lagoon underground layer
Line 3.17. Transport phenomena in the hydrological cycle: model of substances release in lagoon
Line 3.18. Residence times and hydrodynamical dispersion in the Venice lagoon
 
Area 4. Data management and diffusion
Line 4.2. Visualization, connection and analysis of eterogeneous environmental data