Geology, soil and seismic risk

The sea-coast information system

Coastal cartography

to the Sea-Coast
information system





The "Sea and Coast Information System" was initially developed by using as a reference the guidelines for "the implementation of local information systems for the management of coastal erosion", issued by the Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission within Eurosion programme (European Commission, 2004); these guidelines establish the development of nine thematic groups, some of which refer to the physical characteristics of the marine area:

  • Administrative boundaries (terrestrial and maritime);
  • Topography (DTM seabed, bathymetry, shorelines, etc.),
  • Geology, geomorphology and sedimentology (including the marine area);
  • Hydrodynamics (winds, waves and prevailing currents);
  • Land use (land use classification of the
  • Demography (resident population and coastline and land use change); tourist influx);
  • Heritage (SIC-ZPS areas; protected marine areas);
  • Economic assets (tourism, aquaculture,
  • Coastal defences (defence works).

This information constitutes a crucial asset for the analysis of coastal risks and represents the starting point to develop more specific database applications, such as:

  • Monitoring
  • Coastal risks
  • Sea storms
  • Beach nourishments
  • Management of undersea sand deposits
  • Use of the sea (undersea installations for the exploitation of hydrocarbons, undersea sands deposits, fishing, defence, ports & navigation restrictions)
  • Subsidence

    A portion of this data is already available to the public through an interactive mapping web interface, at the address:


    The data that are still being processed, or the ‘sensitive’ ones are accessible only to the regional technicians.

    The data are geo-referenced in geographic reference system adopted by the RER (UTM-ED50-Zone 32*) and in the national systems (Gauss-Boaga and UTM-ED50). In order to be aligned with the European INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC ratified by Legislative Decree n° 32/2010) all newly acquired data are to be produced directly in the WGS84 system (or ETRS89) and subsequently converted into the regional system. We are also providing the adjustment of the dataset to the new national geodetic reference system (Dec. P.C.M. of 10th November 2011 – Adoption of the National Geodetic Reference System, published in the Official Gazette n° 48 of 27/02/2012).

    Furthermore, as established by the INSPIRE Directive, each mapping is accompanied by the relative metadata, which contain the information needed to describe the identity information, such as: type of data, origin, property, quality, elaboration processes, etc..

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    published on 2015/06/03 10:15:00 GMT+1 last modified 2022-09-08T16:13:24+01:00

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