Friday, May 18, 2018
Meeting Point: 9 am, San Zaccaria – line 20 boat stop OR 9.20 am, Celestia boat stop
The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in the courses:
S1817 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
S1825 Climate Change and Forced Migration
9 am - meeting at San Zaccaria and transfer (walking) to Punto Mose (Arsenal of Venice)
9.45 am - Lecture at Punto Mose
10.45 am - Visit to the MOSE by private boat
1 pm - Estimated time of return to San Servolo
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