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Associate Professor of coastal dynamics, sedimentology, environmental geology
Università di Trieste, Dipartimento di Matematica e Geoscienze
Scientific Activity: 

Morphodynamics and sedimentology of coastal zone (beaches, lagoons, tidal inlets, foredunes,etc.); impact of clam fishing on lagoon- and sea-bottom; sedimentary processes on continental margins and epicontinental seas; contamination of marine and coastal sediments; coastal risk and vulnerability assessment.

Recent Publications: 
  • Fontolan G., Pillon S., Bezzi A., Villalta R., Lipizer M., Triches A., D'Aietti A. (2012) Human impact and the historical transformation of saltmarshes in the Marano and Grado Lagoon, northern Adriatic Sea. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 113: 41-56.
  • Sarretta A., Pillon S., Molinaroli E., Guerzoni S., Fontolan G., (2010) Sediment budget in the Lagoon of Venice. Continental Shelf Research, 30: 934-949.
  • Nordstrom K., Gamper U., Fontolan G., Bezzi A., Jackson N. (2009) Characteristics of coastal dune topography and vegetation in environments recently modified using beach fill and vegetation plantings, Veneto, Italy. Environmental Management, 44: 1121-1135.
  • Antonioli F., Ferranti L., Fontana A., Amorosi A., Bondesan A., Braitenberg C., Dutton A., Fontolan G., Furlani S., Lambeck K., Mastronuzzi G., Monaco C., Spada G., Stocchi P. (2009) Holocene relative sea-level changes and vertical movements along the Italian and Istrian coastlines. Quaternary International, 206: 102-133.
  • Bezzi A., Fontolan G., Nordstrom K., Carrer D., Jackson N. (2009) Beach nourishment and foredune restoration: practices and constraints along the Venetian shoreline, Italy. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56: 287-291.
  • Donda F., Gordini E., Rebesco M., Pascucci V., Fontolan G., Mosetti R., Lazzari P. (2008). Shallow water sea-floor morphologies around Asinara Island (NW Sardinia, Italy). Continental Shelf Research 28 (18): 2550-2564.
  • Simeoni U., Fontolan G., Tessari U. & Corbau C. (2007) Domains of spit evolution in the Goro area, Po delta, Italy. Geomorphology. 86 (3-4): 332-348.
  • Fontolan G., Pillon S., Delli Quadri F., Bezzi A. (2007) Sediment storage at tidal inlets in northern Adriatic lagoons: ebb-tidal delta morphodynamics, conservation and sand use strategies. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 75 (1-2): 261-277.
  • Fontolan G., Pillon S., Delli Quadri F., Bezzi A. (2007) Sediment storage in the northern Adriatic ebb-tidal deltas, Italy: sand use potential and GIS database. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 50: 917-921.