Friday trip: Visit to the MOSE Barrier System

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Friday, May 12, 2017

Meeting Point: 11.30 am, San Servolo boat stop
N.B. 10.30 am, Room 9A,
screening of Documentary movie on the MOSE construction and discussion with Prof. Sonia Silvestri

The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
Prof. Pes’course S1701 History of Venice
Prof. Mannino’s course S1718 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
Prof. Silvestri’s course S1720 Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management

Students must sign the roster that will be brought in class on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May; if you could not sign, please write to

Some extra-places might be available: students and professors interested can write to and will receive further communication.

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10.30 am – Room 9B  Screening of documentary film on the MOSE construction and discussion with Prof. Sonia Silvestri

11.30 am Departure with pivate boat from San Servolo Island
12 pm Visit to the MOSE
12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch break in S. Erasmo Island
2 pm Estimated time of return

Some Info
Mose barriers consist of flap gates, installed in the bottom of the inlets, that allow to separate temporary the lagoon from the sea during an event of high tide. They are part of a project intended to protect the city of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding, through an integrated system consisting of rows of mobile gates installed at the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia inlets that are able to temporarily isolate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during high tides.

The project has met resistance from environmental and conservation groups because of the costs to the Italian State of construction, management, and maintenance, which are said to be much higher than those for alternative systems employed by the Netherlands and England to resolve similar problems. According to these groups, the environmental impact of the barriers are severe, not just at the inlets where complex leveling will be carried out and the lagoon bed reinforced to accommodate the gates, but also on the hydrogeological balance and delicate ecosystem of the lagoon. The NO MOSE front also emphasises what could be a number of critical points in the structure of the system and its inability to cope with predicted rises in sea level.

Find more info on the MOSE Website



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