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Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice

  • February 18, 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual zoom meeting on line

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February General meeting
with special guest Venetian ecologist Luca Zaggia

"Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice with Luca Zaggia”


Venice has long been a precarious paradise: perhaps more than any other global city, its sea-perched architecture and singularly trade-based economy have made it uniquely susceptible to the ravages of ecological and epidemic onslaught. Explore how different threats - from medieval plagues to rising sea levels and over-tourism - have posed a threat to Venice through the centuries with a local ecologist.

Just a few months following November's disastrous flooding - and in the midst of the current global health crisis - there's no more relevant time to explore how these various historical (and current) threats are impacting one of our most fragile, and treasured, cities.

Led by native Venetian ecologist Luca Zaggia, he will explore the uniqueness of the wonderful place that is Venice. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a true understanding of Venice's culture, singular ecology and history, and contemporary challenges. 

Luca is a geologist who has been working for the last 15 years as a coastal oceanographer for the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Marine Science, Venice. His research has been focused on many aspects of the management of the lagoon ecosystem, from the assessment of contamination in the water and sediments of the city canal network prior to dredging to the monitoring of the input of freshwater and contaminants from the tributaries of the drainage basin.

Sit back, relax and have a glass of whatever you like and join us for this stimulating lecture/aperitivo at 17.30. We’ll cover a few general AWAR topics and then have the honor of hearing from this interesting and intriguing professor and speaker. 

When:   Thursday February 18th

Time: 17.30 pm Rome time (California time: 8.30 am)

Where: Zoom virtual meeting click here or below

Link:   https://zoom.us/j/97199742674

Meeting ID:   971 9974 2674   

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