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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2017, 5(4), 58;

Effect of Partial Use of Venice Flood Barriers

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia, 64-95123 Catania, Italy
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 1 December 2017 / Accepted: 4 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Ocean Engineering)
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The Venice lagoon is one of the most important areas in Italy because of its history and its particular structure and form. In order to defend Venice and other towns within the lagoon from severe floods, the Italian Government promotes a project that includes, among other measures, the construction of the Experimental Electromechanical Module (MoSE). The MoSE is a system of mobile gates installed at the lagoon inlets that are able to temporarily isolate the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during severe storm surge events, thus ensuring acceptable safeguarding water levels. To prevent interference between the barriers and the normal port activities, locks have been constructed at each lagoon inlet. However, the use of such locks causes a slowdown in maritime traffic. In order to evaluate a means of reducing such interference during the flooding events characterized by high but not extreme water levels, the present paper demonstrates, by means of a numerical approach, that one of the three inlets can be left open so as to ensure the transit of the vessels. The present paper also points out the meteorological conditions for which the safeguarding water levels of the lagoon are not exceeded when closing only two inlets. View Full-Text
Keywords: MoSE; flood barrier; Venice lagoon; hydrodynamics circulation MoSE; flood barrier; Venice lagoon; hydrodynamics circulation

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