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Wave measurements along the Italian coasts

Data holding centreENEL SPA - Centro Ricerca Idraulica e Strutturale (CRIS), Servizio Idrologico
CountryItaly  Italy
Time periodStarting from 1984 -1992, although not at all investigated sites
Geographical area

Specific sites along the Italian coasts related to ENEL's requirements and interests, specifically: Brindisi, Cecina, Fiume Santo, Follonica, Gela, Montalto di Castro, Nervi, Porto Tolle, Punta Sdobba, Rossano Calabro, Termini Imerese, Termoli, Marina di Massa


Primary production in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Wave height and period statistics


Wave recorders


Sea waves parameters are collected within the framework of the sea climate monitoring program, in order to characterise the coastal sites of interest to ENEL's power plants. Data are used both for the planning of the structures and for evaluating the littoral dynamics. Data are recorded for ten/twenty minutes every three hours, instantaneous sea water elevation being recorded every 0.5 seconds. Before 1984 sea elevations were recorded on chart rolls and only the most relevant parameters were calculated based on the characteristics of the record. After 1984 data are recorded on magnetic cassettes and all the calculations have been completely automatized. Prior to considering data as part of the data base they are submitted to a pre-processing procedure and the preliminary data products are evaluated by the group of experts charged with final data validation and reporting.

OriginatorsENEL SPA - Centro Ricerca Idraulica e Strutturale (CRIS), Servizio Idrologico
OrganisationENEL SPA - Centro Ricerca Idraulica e Strutturale (CRIS), Servizio Idrologico
ContactDott. Ing. Giorgio Galeati, Dott. Ing. Vito Rossi

ENEL SPA - Centro Ricerca Idraulica e Strutturale (CRIS), Servizio Idrologico
Corso Del Popolo 245


Collating centreOGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography
Local identifierOGS-EDMED-83
Global identifier3900
Last revised1992-10-13