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The evolution of coastal zones is tightly connected with the erosional effects of ocean currents and surface water flows. The quantitative forecast of the morphodynamics of beaches and lagoons is particularly important in lowlands, and affects the population heavily. A prime example is the northern Adriatic, but also areas as Northern Germany or Bangladesh, in danger of flooding. Main topics and techniques used are sedimentology and marine geology applied to coastal environmental issues. The Figure shows the evolution of a lagoonal area in the northern Adriatic. In particular the following problems are studied:

  • 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.