A2 – Tidal channels and saltmarshes of the Venice Lagoon (Italy):
from morphodynamics to sedimentary products


Massimiliano Ghinassi, University of Padua, Italy
Andrea D’Alpaos, University of Padua, Italy

Contact person: massimiliano.ghinassi@unipd.it, andrea.dalpaos@unipd.it

Type: Pre-Meeting
Duration: 3 days
Cost: € 450,00
Start: Venice
(7th September 2019 – early afternoon after lunch)
End: Venice
(9th September 2019 – early afternoon)
Participants may spend the afternoon visiting Venice
Difficulty level: Medium
min 8 max 20

 A2 - Tidal channels and saltmarshes of the Venice Lagoon (Italy)| Pre-meeting Trips | IAS 2019 Rome
Saltmarshes and meandering tidal channels of the Venice Lagoon

Venice and its lagoon are registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List of sites of outstanding universal value and offer an outstanding example of coexistence between human activities and natural processes. The Venice Lagoon represents an unique laboratory to investigate accumulation of saltmarshes and tidal-channel deposits under variable rates of subsidence and sediment supply. The most naturally preserved areas of the northern lagoon will be visited during this trip. These areas are characterized by low (i.e. 2.0 mm/yr) subsidence rate, which is mainly balanced by clastic sedimentation. Saltmarshes, tidal flats, tidal creeks and channels will be visited. Sediment-peels of cores recovered from these different depositional sub-environments will be shown during the trip, and their characteristics will be discussed in terms of sedimentary processes and dynamics..


Venice – Northern Venice Lagoon – Venice

Technical Information

The fieldtrip is planned as short walks in muddy areas, where rubber boots are strongly recommended.
September in Venice is commonly warm, although windy days or brief showers can occur. Sun cream and hut are recommended along with a rain jacket.