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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-224
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-224

  26 Jul 2021

26 Jul 2021

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Characteristics and coastal effects of a destructive marine storm in the Gulf of Naples (Southern Italy)

Gaia Mattei1, Diana Di Luccio1, Guido Benassai2, Giorgio Anfuso3, Giorgio Budillon1, and Pietro Aucelli1 Gaia Mattei et al.
  • 1Department of Science and Technologies, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples 80100, Italy
  • 2Department od Engineering, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples 80100, Italy
  • 3Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real 11510, Cádiz, Spain

Abstract. Destructive marine storm bring large waves and unusually high surges of water to coastal areas, resulting in significant damages and economic loss. In this study it is examined the characteristics of a destructive marine storm on the strongly inhabited coastal area of Naples Gulf, along the Italian coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is highly vulnerable to marine storms due to the accelerated relative sea level rise trend and the increased anthropogenic impact on the coastal area. The marine storm, occurred on the 28th December 2020, was analysed through an unstructured wind-wave coupled model that takes into account the main weather-marine components of the coastal setup. The model, validated with in-situ data allowed to establish threshold values for the most significant marine and atmospheric parameters (i.e., wind intensity and duration) beyond which an event can produce destructive effects. Finally, a first assessment of the return period of this event was evaluated using local press reports on damage on urban furniture and port infrastructures.

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  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-224', Anonymous Referee #1, 05 Aug 2021
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  • CC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-224', Gianluigi Di Paola, 16 Aug 2021
  • CC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-224', Gianluigi Di Paola, 16 Aug 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on nhess-2021-224', Anonymous Referee #3, 24 Aug 2021

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In this study it is examined the characteristics of a destructive marine storm on the strongly inhabited coastal area of Naples Gulf, along the Italian coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is highly vulnerable to marine storms due to the accelerated relative sea level rise trend and the increased anthropogenic impact on the coastal area. Finally, a first assessment of the return period of this event was evaluated using local press reports on damage on urban furniture and port infrastructures.
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