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LIVORNO 19-20-21 JUNE 2018


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Flora and Fauna of the littoral system: dynamics and protection

Davide Travaglini
Dip. Gestione Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali Università di Firenze 
Laura Bonora  CNR-IBIMET Firenze
Carla Cesaraccio  CNR-IBIMET Sassari
Federico Selvi  Dip. Scienze Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell’Ambiente Università di Firenze
Roberto Tognetti  Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università del Molise



Coasts are ecotones between sea and land. These environments, characterized by being the transition point between water (with high salinity contents) and land, are small considering the orthogonal direction to the shore-line. Furthermore, coastal environments are highly dynamic, and in the case of sandy beaches, they are subjected to instability factors due to cyclic phenomena (tides) and unpredictable phenomena (sea and coastal storms). All these features make up an extremely vulnerable system so that its flora and fauna show particular morpho-physiological, ecological and behavioral adaptations.

Keywords: Natural and artificial beach-dune ecosystems. Rocky ecosystems. Artificial ecosystems. Abiotic factors and water quality. Biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems. Analysis of the effects of impact factors on ecosystems. Methodologies of impact mitigation and restoration.




Morphology and evolution of coastlines and seabeds

Giovanni Sarti
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa
Filippo Catani Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze
Giuliano Gabbani  Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze
Stefano Miserocchi  CNR-ISMAR Bologna
Sandro Moretti Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze



The session comprises the analysis of origin and types of coasts, the coastline and shore line evolution, including, in relation to submerged area near the shoreline or to the coastline: the underwater profile, the physical structures and the physical-chemical quality of the water column. The topics of session also includes the processes and the dynamics that take part long the coast and the anthropic modifications like a real process. In addition, the arguments on the coastal hazard and risk that involves the natural and the artificial order of the coast are included in the session. The works, which concern the activities of protection and restoration of the coastline, belong to the themes of this session.

Keywords: Coastal forms and typologies. Erosion, factors and processes of coastal instability. Evolution and morphodynamics of coastal zone and shoreface. Cliffs and rocky coasts. Hazard and coastal management.




Coastal landscapes: past and present aspects of human influence

Donatella Cialdea
Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università del Molise
Giovanna Bianchi Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche e dei Beni Culturali Università di Siena
Biagio Guccione Dipartimento di Architettura Università di Firenze
Tessa Matteini Dipartimento di Architettura Università di Firenze
Marinella Pasquinucci  Docente Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici - Università di Firenze
Gloria Pungetti Dipartimento di Scienze della Natura e del Territorio, Università di Sassari



The topic, starting from terrestrial and underwater archaeology, deals with the various aspects of human influence as well as planning and/or building interventions in coastal areas or ones closely connected to them for environmental or functional reasons. These are artificial aspects of different kinds, either inherited from the past or the result of recent or current interventions, which have modified coastlines with potential consequences on morphological, ecological or landscape structures. The topic also broaches the issues of coastal settlement planning, harbours and their reutilization, waterfronts, facilities and tourist establishments, etc.

Keywords: Coastline planning. Coastal settlement planning. Architecture in coastal environments. Harbor installations: usage and re-usage. History and archeology of coastal landscape. Underwater archaeology.




Measures for environment and energy production in the coastal zones

Marcantonio Catelani
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione Università di Firenze
Rossella Bardazzi Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa Università di Firenze
Carlo Carcasci Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Firenze
Giampaolo Manfrida Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Firenze

sessione4The Session is divided in two parts:

  • Measurements for the environment, where they treat problems linked to the physical-environmental coastal (terrestrial and underwater) measures. In this sub-session, they are included works concerning: instruments and methods of measurement and monitoring, meteo-climatic and oceanographic coastal studies, geographic information systems, computer networks and databases.
  • Energy production: this sub-session is open to contributions addressing solutions and drawbacks of natural energy conversion to electricity in coastal regions. This sub-session also comprises works regarding the economic evaluation of energy production in coastal areas

The two previous sub-sessions are closely linked to the aspects concerning the reliability and maintainability performance of components, systems and equipments, as well as the degradation of materials (plastics, metals, etc.) for the environmental conditions as salinity, temperature, vibration, solar radiation, pollution. Hence the works on these issues will be assigned to this Session.

Keywords: Measurement methods and instruments. Coastal environmental physics. Remote Sensing. Geographic Information Systems. Energy production systems. Energy Conversion. LNG terminals. Effects of environmental conditions on the instrumentation, reliability and maintainability.

Coastline geography: territorial dynamics and integrated protection

Donatella Carboni
Dip. Scienze Umanistiche e Sociali Università di Sassari
Rossella Bardazzi Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa Università di Firenze
Ilaria Lolli Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza Università di Pisa
Carlo Natalii  Dipartimento di Architettura Università di Firenze
Stefano Soriani Dipartimento di Economia Università di Venezia

sessione5The coastal areas have assumed a strategic importance depending on their various functions, economic and residential as well as connected to transport and recreational activities. These functions are related to the physical features, the landscape beauties, the cultural heritage and natural resources of those areas. Even if coast areas present remarkable differences, they have to be considered as a dynamic and fragile interactive system sea-land that have to be safeguarded, in integrated and comprehensive way, in considering the ‘sensitive’ aspects of these areas interested by an high concentration of conflicting activities.
From European Commission indications, studies and analyses have been derived to investigate operative application strategies.
Since these studies haven’t brought a conclusion yet, session’s aims are promoting reflections on coastal zones management issues. It entails facing with: juridical and economic instruments, sustainable development, coastal area protection planning, control systems, holistic participatory and open management.


Keywords: Territory recovery for the Nature. Natural and protected areas, parks. Tourism. Conflicts between uses, environmental conflicts. Sustainable development. Legal and economic instruments. Planning. Control systems. Holistic, participatory and open management.

Scientific Committee Precidency

Fabrizio Benincasa CNR-IBIMET Sassari
Matteo De Vincenzi CNR-IBIMET Firenze
Simone Orlandini Dip. Scienze Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'ambiente Univrsità di Firenze
Fondazione per il Clima e la Sostenibilità
Antonio Raschi CNR-IBIMET
Delegate of Livorno Municipality  
President of Harbor Autority Livorno



Information and deadlines

The symposium will include:  Oral Presentations; Poster Session;

LANGUAGE: Italian, English, French


27th November 2017 Final deadline for abstracts (total length between 2000 and 4000 characters including spaces and if appropriate graphs or images can be included in the two sheets).
January 2018 Notification of acceptance or lack of acceptance; notification will specify whether works are to be presented orally or as poster communication. Information will be provided regarding guidelines for preparing the papers.e agli autori dell’accettazione o no del lavoro, per la presentazione orale o per la sessione poster. Indicazione delle norme per la scrittura dei testi da pubblicare negli atti.
 19th June 2018
Opening of the Symposium and deadline for complete works. All presented works (oral and poster communications) will be published in full in the Symposium Proceedings.
Complete works must be delivered at the beginning of the Symposium, otherwise they will be excluded from publication.
 January 2019 Publication of Proceedings. Publication of a volume of Proceedings (with ISBN code) as e-book with colour images is foreseen; off-prints of individual work is not planned.

Note about works

Instructions for abstract submission

The total length of abstracts must fall between 2000 and 4000 characters, including spaces; no more than two figures may be included. Text and figures are limited to a maximum of two A4 sheets, one side only. Abstracts with less 2000 characters will be refused.
The title of the work should appear on the first line; authors’ names, affiliations, contacts (e-mail, telephone, fax) should appear on the following lines.

Authors, guided by the keywords for the various Sessions, should indicate for which Session they intend to submit the work, however the Scientific Committee shall use his description in this regard.

Since all works accepted by the Scientific Committee have equal value, they will all be published in full in the Symposium Proceedings. The Commissions will invite six or seven works for oral presentations from those, received for each Session, which they believe will favour interdisciplinary discussion between Sessions.

The official languages of Symposium are English, French and Italian but for best international diffusion of Proceedings it is desirable that the works should be written in English.

IlThe file, in MS-Word (*.doc, *.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Open Document Text (.odt), o Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, should be sent to the Scientific Secretariat by e-mail, simposio@ibimet.cnr.it, no later than 6th November 2017.

Papers will be accepted based on their scientific value by the Scientific Committee, whose decisions are final.

Works for oral presentations

Oral presentations may only be made using software for electronic presentation: MS-PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader, OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress.

Works for poster presentations

The Scientific Committee will express an opinion about presented posters with regard to: completeness, clarity and immediacy of the poster presentation. The three best posters will receive an award plaque..




Formalities and registration fee

Considering that
for each accepted work (oral or poster communication) an enrollment fee must be paid, with exclusion of the work, from presentations and Proceedings, as penalty
three categories of enrollment are foreseen:

  By March 2018 From April 2018
Category A:
Participants enrolled in Category A will, upon registration, receive with the certificate of attendance, necessary stationery items and brochures. When the symposium proceedings are ready it will be communicated to the authors. Each communication (oral or poster) has to be registered in this category; registration permits the enrolment of only one author; other authors of the same paper can enroll in category B or C.
The organization of Symposium will offer to members of this category the Social Dinner.
260,00 € (*) 340,00 € (*)
Category B:
  • Co-authors not enrolled in category A
  • PhD student and other university students who are not presenting oral or poster communications belong in this category; a university card or declaration from the department of study is required.
  • Listener (auditor)
Participants in this category will receive, upon registration, with the certificate of attendance, necessary stationery items and brochures as those in Category A; when the symposium proceedings are ready it will be communicated to them .
60,00 € (*) 90,00 € (*)
Category C (daily enrollment):
Co-authors not listed in category A, and those who do not present oral or posters, and decide to attend the Symposium day after day. The registration for the single day will be made at the Secretariat of the Symposium which will issue, with the receipt, the attestation of participation regarding the day of the enrollment. Daily subscription does not entitle to the materials provided for Categories A and B.
50,00 € (*)

(*) VAT included

The presence as listeners can also be completely free; but in this case certificates of attendance will not be issued.

Students may apply for attestation of attendance at the Session Chairpersons.


Enrollment fees should be made payable to Fondazione per il Clima e la Sostenibilità with reference to “Settimo Simposio Monitoraggio costiero” through the BANCA PROSSIMA Agenzia di Firenze, using the following bank coordinates:

IBAN            IT77I0335901600100000072591

Enrollment of works selected as Oral Presentation
The enrollment fee for works selected as oral presentation must be paid no later than 31 March 2018. In case that fee is not paid within the specified date, the work will be moved to poster presentations.

Social dinner:

A social dinner is planned. Participants from Categories B and C, accompanying persons as well as unenrolled attendees, may still attend the social dinner upon payment of 40 € to the Symposium Secretariat.
All participants will receive a nominal voucher to give to the Organizing Secretariat at the beginning of the dinner.


List of affiliated hotels at the Symposium

The follow hotels have an agreement with LEM Foundation and CNR-IBIMET for Symposium “Monitoring of Mediterranean coastal areas: problems and measurement techniques"

Hotel Granduca
Piazza Micheli Giuseppe, 16 - Livorno
Tel. +39 0586 891.024 Fax +39 0586 891.153
Booking Dpt.: granduca@granduca.it
Sito Web: www.granduca.it

Standard Room  single room 85,00 €
Superior Room single room 98,00 €
Second Person Supplement 20,00 €

The above rates are per room, per night, and include: Continental breakfast buffet, Internet Wi-Fi, 10% VAT taxes included. Tourist tax 2,00 € per person / night is not included.

Hotel Ariston
Piazza della Repubblica 13,
57123 Livorno
Tel. +39 0586880149 Fax. +39 0586889192

Single Room 70 € BB
Double Room 85 € BB

The above rates are per room, per night. Tourist tax 1,50 € per person / night is not included.

Hotel Parking Europa
Via dell’Angiolo 23, 57123 Livorno – tel. 0586 888581 – 346 6858844

Single Room: 58,00 €
Double Room: 83,00 €

The above rates are per room, per night. Tourist tax 1,50 € per person / night is not included

Hotel Boston

Piazza Mazzini, 40 – Livorno 57126 (Li) Toscana Italy
tel.39/0586/882333 Fax 0586/882044

Single Room 70,00 €
Double Room 90,00 €

The above rates are per room, per night. Tourist tax 1,50 € per person / night is not included

Hotel Touring
Via Goldoni, 61
Tel 0586 898035
Fax 0586 899207

Single Room B&B 60,00 €
Double Room B&B 90, 00 €

The above rates are per room, per night. Tourist tax 1,50 € per person / night is not included

We remind to all participants wishing to take advantage of special discounts given to mention the agreement with the LEM and CNR-IBIMET for the Symposium.


Symposium Venue

Livorno (Italy), at Fondazione L.E.M. (Livorno Euro Mediterranea), Piazza del Pamiglione 1-2, phone: +39-0586-826427



The LEM Fondation



The L.E.M. Foundation (piazza del Pamiglione 1/2, Livorno) is on the first floor of the Palace of the Port, built in 1948 opposite the port of Livorno on a project by architect Giovanni Salghetti. The Palace, the historic premises of the Company of the Port Authority, which recently celebrated fifty years of operation, insert colors and shapes in relation to the front of the Old Fort, perhaps the most significant monuments of the city. Commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, (Pope Clement VII), the austere fortress was built from 1521 to 1534 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, encompassing pre-existing fortifications. The dock, facing the Old Fortress, houses the Leghorn fishing fleet.


How to get to Livorno:

Livorno (Leghorn), city Ducal, ancient port, currently has about 164.000 inhabitants. Situated on one of the most picturesque areas of the Tuscan coast, just 90 km from Florence, easily reachable by plane, thanks to the nearby airport of Pisa, which is less than 20 km. Pisa airport offers convenient connections with major European airports line (London, Paris, Monaco) and international (New York) as well as several flights to Rome and Milan.
The railway station is located along the line from Turin and Genoa to Rome. Addition, a shuttle train connects per hour Livorno with Florence (journey time about one hour and ten minutes).
It is also possible to reach Livorno by car via the A12, the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno and the Via Aurelia.
Ferries link Livorno to the island of Elba and other islands of the Tuscan archipelago, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

By plane:
Pisa airport is about 25 km from the Institute. Once at the airport Galileo Galilei, you should take bus No. 7 to the central railway station of Pisa and go from there with another bus route or a train to Livorno. If you choose the bus, you must get off at the last stop (Piazza Grande) from which you can easily go on foot - towards the monument of the Four Moors, which is left is the seat of the LEM If you choose the train, get off at Livorno Centrale station, from which you can continue your journey by bus No.1 and get off at Piazza Micheli, where is located the monument of the four died, less than one hundred meters Institute. Because of its non-optimal connections with the airport of Pisa, is always more convenient in terms of time to take a taxi which can get to the LEM in less than half an hour. See also here

By train
Livorno Centrale station is located about 3 km from the Institute. To reach the L.E.M. Foundation need to take the No.1 bus and get off at Piazza Micheli, where is the monument of the Four Moors, then continue on foot. For timetable see  http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

By car:
Whether you are coming from A12, from the Florence-Pisa-Livorno or from the Via Aurelia, always follow the signs for Livorno Centro and then for the Monument of the Four Moors, or Old Fortress, both the sides of the LEM Foundation. A convenient pay parking is located next to the Institute.

Information about local transportation can be found on www.atl.livorno.it

Other information about Livorno can be found clicking here

Symposium side activities

Photo Contest

concorso foto 2018 

As part of the Symposium is held a photo contest pertaining to the topics of the sessions. Registration for the competition is free. For details see "Photo Competition Rules"



Scientific Secretariat:
Laura Bonora
Matteo De Vincenzi
Via Caproni, 8
50145 Florence (Italy)
Phone +039055522 6552- 6030
Fax +39055522 6560
e-mail: simposio@ibimet.cnr.it

Organizing Committee:
Rira Franchi Fondazione LEM
Gianni Fasano CNR-IBIMET
Alessandro Materassi CNR-IBIMET
Laura Pellegrino CNR-IBIMET
Maurizio Romani CNR-IBIMET
Francesco Sabatini CNR-IBIMET

 Administrative secretariat:
Francesca Chellini
Fondazione per il Clima e la Sostenibilità
Via Caproni, 8
50145 Florence (Italy)
Phone +390555226030 – 6552 - 6551
Fax +39055522 6560
e-mail: segr.org@ibimet.cnr.it



Battista Piero (piero.battista at cnr.it)

Rapi Bernardo (bernardo.rapi at cnr.it)

Romani Maurizio (maurizio.romani at cnr.it)


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