Venice Shall Rise Again

Engineered Uplift of Venice Through Seawater Injection


  • Giuseppe Gambolati, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  • Pietro Teatini, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

The city of Venice, Italy, has been subjected to periodic flooding, or acqua alta, for centuries. Venice Shall Rise Again presents a unique proposition to halt this flooding. Based on years of work and experiment, experts Gambolati and Teatini describe an innovative yet technologically simple, economically inexpensive, and environmentally friendly project to raise Venice by 25-30 cm over ten years by injecting seawater into 650-1000 m deep geological formations. This project would be conducted under conditions of absolute safety, stability and integrity conserving the unique artistic and architectural patrimony of this deeply beloved city. Beginning with a brief history of the Venetian Republic, Venice Shall Rise Again addresses the actions undertaken by Venice to protect the city and the lagoon from the sea and land attack for more than a millennium, including the MoSE project, a system of mobile barriers presently under construction. Detailed in its engineering details and ideas, but with enough background information and context to help the interested reader understand the concepts, this book will be of interest to all readers concerned about the fate of Venice.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-420144-6

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. A brief history of Venice

2.1 Origins

2.2 Growth

2.3 The glory

2.4 Decline

2.5 The fall

3. The Venetian Lagoon

4. Survival of the city

4.1 Measures taken by the Serenissima

4.2 Land subsidence, rise in sea level and acqua alta

4.3 MoSE: protection from acqua alta

5. Anthropogenic uplift of Venice by using seawater

5.1 The idea’s origin

5.2 The complete project and pilot projects for Venice’s uplift

5.2.1 Prediction of anthropogenic uplift of Venice with completion of the project

5.2.2 Testing the full-scale injection project by a pilot project

5.3 Safety and stability of Venice’s uplift

5.4 Can Venice be raised economically, in an environmentally-friendly way?

6. Conclusion