Venice shows that it’s hard to pinpoint climate effects

Venice – the City of Dreams – may have one less nightmare to deal with following a finding that the frequency of extreme storm surge events generated by Adriatic Sea tempests could fall by about 30% by 2100.

A team of international scientists studied atmospheric circulation in the Mediterranean region to assess climate impacts through changes in storm surge frequency in Venice.

Researchers said predictions of such extreme and small-scale events are exceedingly challenging, even for relatively short time horizons.

“The survival of Venice and its lagoon is seriously questioned under the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) global sea level rise scenarios and the results of this study, published in the journal Climatic Change, emphasise the need for location-by-location studies to determine coastal flooding impacts.”

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