EGU24-9420, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Development of low-cost technologies applied to the study of marine ecosystems.

Juan Francisco Martinez Osuna1,2, Viviana Piermattei2, and Antonio De Luca1
Juan Francisco Martinez Osuna et al.
  • 1Laboratory of Experimental Oceanology and Marine Ecology, Department of Ecological and Biological sciences DEB, University of Tuscia, Port of Civitavecchia, Civitavecchia (RM), Italy.
  • 2Global Coastal Ocean (GOCO) Division, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy.

The Mediterranean Sea is a recognized area of concern considering climate change impacts. Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to the influences of sea level variations caused by climate variability. Estuaries, which are crucial ecosystems, represent challenges areas which can be affected from various anthropogenic pressures and the effects of climate change.

Within the research community, there is a growing focus on the risks associated with sea level rise (SLR). The threat of storm-related flooding poses a significant danger to coastal areas, leading to the loss of marine habitats and ecosystems. Recent experiences also have shown that the combination of high-intensity hurricanes and increased sea levels has resulted in numerous fatalities along the coast.

A big lack of data and knowledge about coastal observations, particularly in developing countries, persists due to the difficulty in obtaining affordable and user-friendly instrumentation. To address these challenges, there is a need to develop cost effective, easily accessible technologies that can be integrated into different platforms. These technologies would enhance monitoring capabilities, particularly in terms of spatial resolution, along rivers and coastal zones. By doing so, we can greatly improve our understanding of storm surges, extreme events, and their impacts on transitional areas. Creating a practical tool as part of an early warning system would provide timely information on physical conditions and biological variables, aiding in effective decision-making and mitigation efforts.

How to cite: Martinez Osuna, J. F., Piermattei, V., and De Luca, A.: Development of low-cost technologies applied to the study of marine ecosystems., EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-9420,, 2024.