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Modelling Report: Coastal lagoon modelling: An integrated approach

Funded under: FP6-JRC

Abstract

The objectives of the DITTY project are to develop scientific bases for sustainable development of Southern European lagoons taking into account all the activities that affect the aquatic environment. Five sites have been identified ranging from the Ria Formosa (Portugal) at the entry to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, to the Gulf of Gera (Greece) in the Aegean archipelago in the east and between these, Mar Menor in Spain, Thau lagoon in France and Sacca di Goro on the Adriatic coast of Italy. These sites with their associated catchment areas and coastal zones are all economically very important (aquaculture-shell fishing) and exhibit a range of anthropogenic pressures (agriculture, industry and tourism). Meteorologically, they are influenced by a very varied range of conditions (rainfall events, temperature) which could be influenced by long-term climatic factors.
The final objective of the DITTY project is to develop a prototype of a Decision Support System (Work Package 8) for the management of coastal lagoons, but besides this objective and linked to it, the DITTY project proposes the development of various tools as data collecting and data base (WP1-2), GIS tool (WP3), Numerical Models (WP4), Indicators and Benchmarking (WP5) and Economic tools (WP7).
Workpackage 4 provides a general modelling framework with implementation of different modelling modules able to describe the system components, i.e. lagoon, river basin and coastal waters, as well as the ecosystem functioning and the hydrodynamics. These models have been developed and implemented at each test site according to their specific characteristics, data availability and defined end-users scenario analysis and case studies. The approach have consisted of using already developed parts, when available, and developing/implementing a shared modelling approach for the non existing models. Each model, watershed, hydrodynamic or biogeochemical has been calibrated separately.

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Authors: L. GALBIATI, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);D. MARINOV, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);J. M. ZALDÍVAR, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);J. MARTINEZ, Department of Ecology and Hydrology, Murcia University, Murcia (ES);S. RODRIGUEZ, Department of Ecology and Hydrology, Murcia University, Murcia (ES);A. NORRO, Management Unit of the North Sea, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Brussels (BE);G. TSIRTSIS, School of Environmental Sciences, Dept. of Marine Sciences, Aegean Univ., Mytilini (EL);A. CHAPELLE, Ifremer, Issy-les-Moulineaux (FR);C. BACHER, Ifremer, Issy-les-Moulineaux (FR);A. FIANDRINO, Ifremer, Issy-les-Moulineaux (FR);M. PLUS, Ifremer, Issy-les-Moulineaux (FR);P. DUARTE, Centre for Modelling and Analysis of Environmental Systems, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto (PT);A. PEREIRA, Centre for Modelling and Analysis of Environmental Systems, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21816 EN (2005), 37 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-info@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200718908 / Last updated on: 2007-03-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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