Maregot: the second biannual financial report has been successfully concluded

The ''MAnagement des Risques de l'Erosion cotière et actions de Gouvernance Transfrontalière'' project - 2014-2020 Marittimo Italy-France INTERREG transboundary Programme - enters its third phase

(Riomaggiore, 09 Apr 18)  The project aims at jointly preventing and managing the risks connected with coastal erosion in the area of cooperation. The purpose of the strategic project is to start a shared planning which, thanks to improved knowledge on erosion and coastal dynamics, leads to identifying the best solutions to manage the territory according to the coast's morphological and hydrodynamic features. Starting from an analysis of existing monitoring systems and data, a transboundary monitoring method will be defined. A transboundary approach is necessary because natural dynamics connected with erosion go beyond national borders, are common to all Programme regions, and require a joint approach.

"Geophysical surveys from land, sea and air will be carried out in specific pilot areas" says Park director Patrizio Scarpellini. "Terrestrial laser scanners will be used to create high-definition models of stretches of high coast".

TLS will make it possible to precisely identify the geometry of the surveyed area. The coordinates of each point will be associated with the intensity of the signal, which varies according to the chemical-physical properties of the reflecting surface. Intensity is especially linked with the roughness of the material and its water content.

"Moreover" says Scarpellini "information will be shared with project partners, that will be able to use them to get quantitative information on the structure of rock masses."

The drone-made photogrammetric survey will be used to recreate in 3D the morphology of the chosen areas, with special care to have information on the underwater section, too (as deep as -3 metres), which is typically not reached by multibeam surveys due to navigability and data diffusion problems. In the chosen pilot area, a system for wave motion characterisation will also be tested, using a network of accelerometers on land, developed in the framework of the OS-IS European project. Using specific accelerometers, and analysing the data with specific algorithms, it is possible to characterise the wave motion parameters (height, period, peak and average).

Technical details:

Project leader: Region Liguria

Duration: 3 years (January 2017 - January 2020)

Total project budget: € 4.959.419,65

Budget allocated to Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area: € 321.900,00

Project partners: Cinque Terre National Park, University of Genoa, Region Tuscany, University of Florence, Laboratorio di Monitoraggio e Modellistica Ambientale per lo sviluppo sostenibile, Region Sardinia, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sardegna, University of Cagliari, Office  de l'Environnement de la Corse Bureau de Recherche Géologique et Minières, Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de laHaute-Corse, Departement du Var, Conservatoire de l'Espace Littoral et des Rivages Lacustres.

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