©2018 by René García Franceschini.

Reinventing Places Pellestrina Research Camp
Research Assistant,
Consorzio di Venezia Nuova

In the summer of 2017, I was a part of a two week research program on a tiny island called Pellestrina, bordering the Venice lagoon. For the past couple of decades, the Venetian government had been working on the MOSE gate system, a series of gates that would rise when the water level was projected to go above a certain height in order to mitigate flooding in Venice.

My project was centered around projecting how rising sea levels in the Adriatic Sea would affect the frequency and intensity of flooding in Venice and Pellestrina. To do this, I analyzed decades of sea level data provided by the Consorzio di Venezia Nuova and compared it against projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The results were presented at the end of the two week program, and I continued to work on this throughout the summer.

The program was featured on the front page of the MIT News website: Saving Venice, MIT Style.

I wrote a blog post about this project on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Website: Addressing rising sea levels in Venice: the MOSE project.