Italy, Water
Intelligence in the abyss
Intelligence in the abyss Would you dive into a body of water populated by about 150 robots? That’s what could happen if you were to fall off a “gondola” in the Venice lagoon, where scientists from an initiative of seven European research institutes, are giving birth to the world’s largest population of autonomous robots .
Robots in distress in the Venetian Lagoon
Robots in distress in the Venetian Lagoon Can mathematics be expressed poetically through computational technologies? Visual artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith believe it can be and are collaborating with the Artificial Life Lab of the University of Graz, in Austria, on the Subcultron project (Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches).
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities To date, European consumers pay more for energy from renewables than for energy from conventional resources. One of the reasons is still the immaturity of the technology used for harnessing and distributing renewable energy.
Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past
Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past Luckily, past mistakes can sometimes be useful for present or especially future decisions. This can apply to spatial planning and management in response to natural disasters and extreme weather events.
Is desertification on the increase?
Is desertification on the increase? News of increased desertification has made headlines. Yet this process is not well understood.
Closing the water cycle
Closing the water cycle Clean freshwater faces various threats such as increasing demand by population growth, pollution and changes in the hydrological cycle due to climate change.
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami When a coastal area is about to be hit by the waves of a tsunami, time is everything. The earlier we know where and when it is going to hit the coast, the more chances there are to evacuate the area.
Radar exposing water leaks
Radar exposing water leaks Water from underground pipes often leaks. Particularly, in countries with an antiquated underground waterpipe infrastructure. In the case of Greece, for example, leaks are estimated to constitute up to 50% of total consumption.
Precision irrigation for ornamental plant
Precision irrigation for ornamental plant In commercial nurseries, many different plant species are cultivated in the same irrigation sector. This means that the dosage of water and nutrients is often excessive for some of the crops’ requirement, as the most water demanding species set the standards.
Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations
Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations Flash floods are very localised weather events. They are mostly triggered by heavy rainfall. Typically, over a period of less than 12 hours. They occur very infrequently at any one place.
Local input key in multi-risk planning decisions
Local input key in multi-risk planning decisions Landslides and floods are increasingly occurring natural events . They continue to damage infrastructures and farmland across the EU. Meanwhile, they are also putting people’s life at risk.
Purifying sludge through oxygen-based digestion
Purifying sludge through oxygen-based digestion Dealing with sludge is one of the biggest issues of waste water treatment.
Jaroslav Mysiak: More than water play
Jaroslav Mysiak: More than water play Jaroslav Mysiak is a senior researcher in environmental economics at the Fondazione Eni Erico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change , both in Venice, Italy.
Flood water in silico
Flood water in silico Not all countries are equal in the face of floods. To provide support for the variety of scenarios encountered, the RAMWASS research project developed a tool for gauging and managing the dangers of floods in specific river zones.
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech Each season the fashion industry surprises with new fabrics in a myriad of colours. Producing multi-coloured textile, however, has an environmental cost. Indeed, heavy polluting dyes find their way to the textile industry’s waste water .
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water The process was developed by the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Italian National Research Council and tested and scaled-up as part the EU-funded Innowatech project We know that biological processes offer the cheapest way to treat industrial wastewater.
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks In the 21st century several countries have suffered great losses after terrorist attacks. Although the risk of bioterrorist attacks or accidental contamination of our water supply network is low, the consequences could be fatal.
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water The technology uses several nano-biological sensors to monitor the presence of several bioterrorism agents in drinking water.