From the 1950s, the Po delta, one of the largest anthropogenic world deltas, has been subjected to a fast degradation and shoreline retreat due a marked reduction of sediment supply, mainly controlled by human impacts/factors, including subsidence. Through the interpretation of satellite images, coupled with the analysis of the flow discharge, and of the annual frequency of marine storms, we show that recently (>2010) the Po River has resumed delta progradation, especially in its northern portion. This happens after decades of erosion, followed by alternating regrowth and degradation phases, indicating conditions of substantial stability (1970-2000). Today the delta shows aggradation of new mouth-bars at the main distributary mouth, a clear evidence of active constructive processes. The ongoing trend marks a countertendency compared to many deltas worldwide.

The Po Delta is restarting progradation: Geomorphological evolution based on a 47-years Earth Observation dataset

Ninfo A.
Data Curation
;
Ciavola P.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Billi P.
Writing – Review & Editing
2018

Abstract

From the 1950s, the Po delta, one of the largest anthropogenic world deltas, has been subjected to a fast degradation and shoreline retreat due a marked reduction of sediment supply, mainly controlled by human impacts/factors, including subsidence. Through the interpretation of satellite images, coupled with the analysis of the flow discharge, and of the annual frequency of marine storms, we show that recently (>2010) the Po River has resumed delta progradation, especially in its northern portion. This happens after decades of erosion, followed by alternating regrowth and degradation phases, indicating conditions of substantial stability (1970-2000). Today the delta shows aggradation of new mouth-bars at the main distributary mouth, a clear evidence of active constructive processes. The ongoing trend marks a countertendency compared to many deltas worldwide.
Ninfo, A.; Ciavola, P.; Billi, P.
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