Buoy off Cesenatico coast to measure climate change

To measure waves and other sea weather parameters

11 October, 11:55

    (ANSAmed) - BOLOGNA, OCT 11 - Starting Thursday, a wave buoy will help to measure climate change off the Italian town of Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast in the region of Emilia-Romagna.

    Arpae Emilia-Romagna will be setting up the buoy as the first of a number of monitoring initiatives to monitor the adaptation of the regional coast to climate change. It will measure waves and other parameters of marine weather and is part of activities promoted and funded by the AdriaClim project of a program for cross-border cooperation between Italy and Croatia.

    Thanks to EU funding, marine weather stations, water quality stations, and a network of video surveillance for the coast will be installed as well.

    The regional marine weather networks are in addition to national ones already present managed by ISPRA as well as the entire national environmental protection system SNPA.

    "The regional wave buoy Nausicaa-II, financed through the EU strategic project AdriaClim, will replace the current one and will be essential for continuing the gathering of marine data," said Andrea Valentini of Arpae, in charge of the AdriaClim project, "both for operative monitoring in real time of the features of the waves, the surface current, and water and air temperature, as well as for creating a database for climate analysis of the parameters measured." The buoy, added Giovanni Coppini of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), a partner for the project, it will "be fundamental for monitoring extreme events".

    The Adriatic Sea and its coasts, said Arpae, "are especially sensitive to the impact of climate change. The National Plan of Climate Change Adaptation (PNACC) foresees a significant increase in the sea temperature and sea level (+7 centimeters by 2050), and, as a consequence, a significant increase in coastal erosion." (ANSAmed).

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