The VECTOR project (Project leader Prof. Cesare Corselli, Milano-Bicocca University), assigned to CoNISMa by MIUR in February 2006,
is structured in 10 Work Packages.
The project studies the most significant impacts of climate change on the Mediterranean marine environment and the role of this basin on the planetary CO2 cycle.
In collaboration with the main Italian research institutes, such as CNR, ENEA, ICRAM, CMCC, OGS and Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”, the project will draw the possible future impact scenarios on the Italian coasts.
The proposed scenarios corcern:
- modification of the extension of the coastal areas;
- morphology of the backshore-foreshore-shoreface;
- alongshore littoral transport;
- aerosol transport from the sea to the coastal area;
- and related impacts on the areas subject to anthropogenic activities as well as on freshwater reserves.
These scenarios will be associated with those related to changes in the Venice lagoon, in neritic and pelagic ecosystems in term of biodiversity, productivity, invasive species and the distribution of commercially important species.
The risks associated with the proposed scenarios will be focused on the impacts of climate change on coastal areas biodiversity (considered by a socio-economic point of view), tourism, agriculture, fisheries and livestock.