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E. Scientists Join Forces to Save Venice, Italy from Flood Damage

Narrator: This is Science Today. The University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a history of providing Venice, Italy with scientific expertise. Now, Italian researchers are working with Scripps to deal with the damage of flooding. Dimitri Deheyn is project leader of the Institution's Sediment Research Group.

Deheyn: For the last thirty or forty years, the city of Venice has been more and more flooded because of the rising of sea level, but also because of the increase of very high tides. So, it's a very big problem and a lot of Venetians are tired of that and they're leaving the city and the buildings are being damaged and the architecture is actually undergoing strong erosion from water exposure.

Narrator: The researchers are working on a project in which the three inlets of Venice 's lagoon that open to the Adriatic Sea will be closed off during high tide using gates.

Deheyn: Those gates will actually be lying on the sea floor and when high tide is there, they will be raised up, so that the water level in the lagoon will actually not rise to a level that will create flooding problems.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.