Bathymetry of the Adriatic Sea: The legacy of the last eustatic cycle and the impact of modern sediment dispersal

Fabio Trincardi, Elisabetta Campiani, Annamaria Correggiari, Federica Foglini*, Vittorio Maselli, Alessandro Remia

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The Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR-CNR) has conducted several research projects on the Italian side of the Adriatic Sea over more than 15 years, collecting bathymetric, geophysical and sediment core data to perform multidisciplinary studies of modern sediment dynamics and of past environmental changes during the last eustatic cycle. A crucial step in this direction was the construction of a detailed bathymetry, a time-consuming task due to the extensive shallow water portion of the basin. Given the setting of the Adriatic Sea and the long-lasting research effort, the bathymetric map is necessarily based on heterogeneous data with uneven spatial distribution of Single-Beam echo-soundings. The main objective of this work is to illustrate the methodology applied to compile the bathymetric map of the west side of the Adriatic Sea at basin scale (1:750,000) and to describe the main morphological units that characterise the seafloor and reflect its main geological features. This bathymetry can also be used in oceanographic modelling both at regional and local scale, focussing on the interaction between bottom currents and seafloor morphology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Maps
Issue number1
Early online date3 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

All data used in constructing this bathymetric map were derived from surveys conducted on R/V Urania (the CNR main research vessel) under the responsibility of researchers from ISMAR. The DTM (.xyz format with 200 m resolution) is not published together with this map, but is available upon request to corresponding author.

This work has been partially funded by the Flagship Project RITMARE – The Italian Research for the Sea – coordinated by the Italian National Research Council and funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research within the National Research Program 2011–2013.


  • bathymetry
  • Adriatic Sea
  • single-beam echo-sounder
  • multi beam echo-sounder


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