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A model of the Sacca di Goro ecosystem has been developed and partially validated with field data from 1989 to 1998. The model considers the nutrient cycles in the water column as well as in the sediments. Furthermore, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and Ulva sp. dynamics, as well as shellfish farming are taken into account. Due to the recent anoxic crisis in the lagoon, the dynamic of oxygen has also been stimulated. The actual version of the model is a 0D with input fluxes from the watershed and exchange with the Northern Adriatic Sea. Nutrients from the watershed, wet and dry deposition, temperature, light intensity, wind speed and shellfish production are considered as forcing functions. The results show that the model is able to capture the essential dynamics of the lagoon, with values in the same order of magnitude with the measurements of experimental campaigns. The coupling with a 3D hydrodynamical model of the Sacco di Goro, as well as with the watershed model of Burana-Volano is presently under development.

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Authors: ZALDIVAR J M, JRC, Environment Institute, Ispra (IT);CATTANEO E, JRC, Environment Institute, Ispra (IT);VIAROLI P, University of Parma, Department of Environmental Sciences, Parma (IT);GIORDANI G, University of Parma, Department of Environmental Sciences, Parma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19925 EN (2001), pp. 64. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, European Commission. Fax: +32-2-2996322 and JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785409
Record Number: 200113889 / Last updated on: 2001-10-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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