High resolution multibeam and hydrodynamic datasets of tidal channels and inlets of the Venice Lagoon

Fantina Madricardo (Corresponding Author), Federica Foglini, Aleksandra Kruss, Christian Ferrarin, Nicola Marco Pizzeghello, Chiara Murri, Monica Rossi, Marco Bajo, Debora Bellafiore, Elisabetta Campiani, Stefano Fogarin, Valentina Grande, Lukasz Janowski, Erica Keppel, Elisa Leidi, Giuliano Lorenzetti, Francesco Maicu, Vittorio Maselli, Alessandra Mercorella, Giacomo Montereale GavazziTiziano Minuzzo, Claudio Pellegrini, Antonio Petrizzo, Mariacristina Prampolini, Alessandro Remia, Federica Rizzetto, Marzia Rovere, Alessandro Sarretta, Marco Sigovini, Luigi Sinapi, Georg Umgiesser, Fabio Trincardi

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Tidal channels are crucial for the functioning of wetlands, though their morphological properties, which are relevant for seafloor habitats and flow, have been understudied so far. Here, we release a dataset composed of Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) extracted from a total of 2,500 linear kilometres of high-resolution multibeam echosounder (MBES) data collected in 2013 covering the entire network of tidal channels and inlets of the Venice Lagoon, Italy. The dataset comprises also the backscatter (BS) data, which reflect the acoustic properties of the seafloor, and the tidal current fields simulated by means of a high-resolution three-dimensional unstructured hydrodynamic model. The DTMs and the current fields help define how morphological and benthic properties of tidal channels are affected by the action of currents. These data are of potential broad interest not only to geomorphologists, oceanographers and ecologists studying the morphology, hydrodynamics, sediment transport and benthic habitats of tidal environments, but also to coastal engineers and stakeholders for cost-effective monitoring and sustainable management of this peculiar shallow coastal system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number170121
JournalSIGMOD Record
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2017

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to acknowledge the crew of the research vessel Litus for their skilful help during the survey. This work was supported by the National Flagship Project RITMARE, funded by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The authors wish to thank the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Protezione Civile—Centro Previsioni e Segnalazioni Maree of the Municipality of Venice and Magistrato alle Acque di Venezia for providing forcing and boundary conditions data needed by the hydrodynamic model application.


  • Journal Article
  • environmental impact
  • geography
  • hydrology
  • physical oceanography


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