The Science of Saving Venice
by Caroline Fletcher and Jane Da Mosto
[Umberto Allemandi, £7.99]
While the world’s attention understandably focuses on the devastating human cost of the Asia floods, this book looks at the long-term threat to one of Europe’s cultural landmarks, and how science and engineering can come to its aid.
Increased frequency of flooding, divided public opinion and government inaction mean Venice is no better protected than it was after the great flood of 1966.
Fletcher and Da Mosto outline the problems that Venice must confront as a result of rising sea levels and the city’s unique ecosystem. In what is a distillation of scientific and technical research into current approaches to the problem, the various issues facing the city are set in context.
This book goes a long way to informing all those who care about the fate of this unique city of the magnitude of the task ahead for Venice and Italy.