Edoardo Grottoli

Edoardo Grottoli
Ulster University · School of Geography and Earth Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy
Research Associate on coastal processes at Ulster University (MarPAMM and NIHSA projects)

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Introduction
Coastal geomorphologist interested in all aspects of physical processes, hazards and management of coastal zones. My research dealt with sediment transport and impact of storms on sandy and coarse-grained beaches in different tidal environments (meso- to macrotidal in Ireland; microtidal in the Mediterranean). I also focused on sediment interactions between river and coast on strongly urbanised coastal areas. Recently, I worked on long-term analyses (last two centuries) of shorelines and storms.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - February 2019
University of Ferrara
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2013 - December 2013
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Position
  • PhD Student
January 2012 - March 2015
University of Ferrara
Position
  • PhD
Description
  • Morphodynamic study of mixed replenished beaches of Conero Headland (Ancona, Italy) and Marina di Pisa (Pisa, Italy) with focus on sediment transport and beach evolution.
Education
September 2009 - March 2011
University of Bologna
Field of study
  • Earth Science
September 2006 - December 2009
University of Bologna
Field of study
  • Earth Science

Publications

Publications (40)
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Grottoli, E.; Cilli, S.; Ciavola, P., and Armaroli, C., 2020. Sedimentation at river mouths bounded by coastal structures: A case study along the Emilia-Romagna coastline, Italy. In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 505–510. Seville (Spain), ISSN 0749-0208. Beac...
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Recent advances in structure-from-motion (SfM) techniques have proliferated the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the monitoring of coastal landform changes, particularly when applied in the reconstruction of 3D surface models from historical aerial photographs. Here, we explore a number of depth map filtering and point cloud cleaning metho...
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Ridge and runnel features were originally described by King and Williams (1949) from observations at Blackpool beach (U.K.) and laboratory experiments. They were characterised as intertidal, shore-parallel sandbars (ridges), commonly 2 to 6 bars in total, and disconnected from each other by troughs (runnels). The nomenclature ‘ridge and runnel’ was...
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The role of short- to medium-term geomorphic variation is analyzed in two Italian mixed sand and gravel beaches to better understand how it could affect vulnerability assessments of oil spill events. The study sites, Portonovo and Sirolo, are in one of the most congested areas for oil transportation in the Adriatic Sea (Ancona port). A “snapshot” s...
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Determining the size and shape of coarse sediment is of paramount importance to many applications (e.g. sediment transport, flow resistance in numerical hydraulic models, estimation of current velocity and direction, habitat classification). One of the current challenges is that to reach statistical significance, one needs to collect large amounts...
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Multiple intertidal bar (MITB) beach systems comprise a succession of subdued, shore-parallel sandbars, developed under low energy conditions in meso- to macrotidal settings. Their relatively stable morphologies over long timescales are commonly attributed to a dynamic equilibrium, driven primarily by seasonal morphodynamics. The seasonal behaviour...
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Study Region The coast of the Emilia-Romagna Region in northern Italy consists of about 210 km of sandy beaches that have been attracting tourists for decades. Since the 1980s, erosion processes resulted in a remarkable beach retreat, notwithstanding the construction of several protections works. Study Focus In 2005–2006 and 2017–2020, 30 floods o...
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Nowadays, the employment of high-resolution Digital Surface Models (DSMs) and RGB orthophotos has become fundamental in coastal system studies. This work aims to explore the potentiality of low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys to monitor the geomorphic and vegetation state of coastal sand dunes by means of high-resolution (2-4 cm) RGB ort...
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This work capitalises on the morphodynamic study of a scraped artificial dune built on the sandy beach of Porto Garibaldi (Comacchio, Italy) as a barrier to protect the touristic facilities from sea storms during the winter season and contributes to understanding of the role of elevation data uncertainty and uniform thresholds for change detection...
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The shoreline evolution and the occurrence of storm events are analysed for the last two centuries in Dundrum Bay, Co. Down in the SE coast of Northern Ireland (U.K.) as part of the INTERREG MarPAMM project. The study site is a macrotidal beach (5.5 m max spring tidal range) predominantly sandy and characterised by multiple intertidal bars ('ridge...
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DGPS surveys were undertaken on two beaches of Dundrum Bay (east coast of Northern Ireland, Co.Down, U.K.) and analysed to investigate the short-term morphodynamics of a multiple intertidal bar ('ridge and runnel') system, as part of the INTERREG MarPAMM project. Ballykinler (east) and Murlough beach (west) are medium to coarse sand environments su...
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Over the last decades, most of the Emilia-Romagna (Italy) beaches have been affected by marked erosion that is still progressing, which is primarily due to the reduction of sediment supply by the local rivers. In addition to larger fluvial systems, the role of small rivers has been recognized as important in contributing to both beach stability and...
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In the current scenarios of sea level rise and increasing coastal erosion processes, dune conservation is one of the potentially more efficient solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction policies. Coastal dunes represent a natural defence barrier from flooding and can protect strategic infrastructures and populated urban areas located behind them. The a...
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Beach nourishments using coarse-gravel sediments are becoming a frequent practice to buffer coastal erosion, but usually little attention is spent on fill material characteristics. A better understanding of the influence of sediment characteristics on transport is crucial to establish the best compatibility of fill material with native beach sedime...
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Coastal communities and assets are exposed to flooding and erosion hazards due to extreme storm events, which may increase in intensity due to climatological factors in the coming futures.. Coastal managers are tasked with developing risk management plans mitigating risk during all phases of the disaster cycle. This necessitates rapid, time-efficie...
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Coastal communities and assets are exposed to flooding and erosion hazards due to extreme storm events, which may increase in intensity due to climatological factors in the incoming future. Coastal managers are tasked with developing risk-management plans mitigating risk during all phases of the disaster cycle. This necessitates rapid, time-efficie...
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River currents, wind, and waves drive bed-load transport, in which sediment particles collide with each other and Earth’s surface. A generic consequence is impact attrition and rounding of particles as a result of chipping, often referred to in geological literature as abrasion. Recent studies have shown that the rounding of river pebbles can be mo...
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The Fiumi Uniti and Savio rivers are two small sandy-bed river systems which sediment yield contributes feeds part of the Emilia-Romagna beaches (Italy). Since the twentieth century the northern Adriatic coast has been affected by well-known beach retreat phenomena. As the sediment supply of these local rivers is not well known, an analysis of bed-...
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The storm response of three Italian coarse-grained beaches was investigated to better understand the morphodynamics of coarse-clastic beaches in a microtidal context. Two of the studied sites are located on the eastern side of the country (Portonovo and Sirolo) and the third one (Marina di Pisa) is on the western side. Portonovo and Sirolo are mixe...
Chapter
Tracers are essentially sediment particles that can be easily identified within a large mass of sediment grains having different characteristics. The concept is widely used in sedimentary petrography, where particular mineral assemblages are inherited from the characteristics of the provenance basin. Another approach is to use sediment from the env...
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Oil still represents the most adopted source of energy for several human activities and goods production. Its extraction, transport and storage frequently occur across the sea and affect the largest ports all over the world. These actions have an environmental cost which can affect the marine environment at several levels among which the coastline...
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In this paper the abrasion rate on a coarse-clastic beach was evaluated by calculating the volume loss recorded on indigenous pebbles within a 13-month timespan. The experiment was carried out at Marina di Pisa (Italy) on an artificial beach that was built to counteract the erosion processes affecting this sector of the coast. A total of 240 marble...
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The storm response of three Italian mixed beaches is investigated. Two sites are located on the eastern side of the country (Portonovo and Sirolo) and one on the western side (Marina di Pisa). Portonovo and Sirolo are two mixed sand and gravel beaches (MSG) where the storms approach from two main directions (SE and NE). Marina di Pisa is a composit...
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In this paper, two short term experiments with tracers on a mixed beach are presented. The aim was to understand how the size and shape of pebbles can affect their transport under low energy conditions. Sediment transport was studied by means of RFID technology to univocally monitor every single marked pebble. A size subdivision of injected pebbles...
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High energy events emphasize beach erosion processes, sometimes leading to huge volume deficits not balanced by recovery under fair-weather conditions. In this scenario, artificial replenishments are frequently used as a form of coastal protection with large volumes of sediments re-injected in the system without strongly altering the environ-ment a...
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The aim of the investigation was to define the mechanisms of sediment transport in the swash zone of microtidal coarse-clastic beaches in the very short term by evaluating the displacement rates of marked pebbles under low-energy wave conditions. Tests were performed at two sites (Marina di Pisa, Ligurian Sea, and Portonovo, central Adriatic Sea) t...
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The objectives of this study are to examine the response of a dune and beach system on the Adriatic coastline in northern Italy to the arrival of storms, compare it with seasonal (months) and medium-term (3-year) morphodynamic change, and evaluate results predicted by the numerical model XBeach. The studied coastline stretches 4 km from the Bevano...
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The transport of marked pebbles on a mixed sand and gravel beach has been addressed by means of tracers using radio frequency identification tracing technique, which proved to be efficient in terms of recovery rate also in the underwater environment. The aim of the research was to evaluate the displacement rates of marked pebbles at short time span...
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The objectives of this study are to examine the response of a dune and beach system on the Adriatic coastline in northern Italy to the arrival of storms, compare it with seasonal (months) and medium-term (3-year) morphodynamic change, and evaluate results predicted by the numerical model XBeach. The studied coastline stretches 4 km from the Bevano...
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In this paper we provide the results of a two months experimentation of Low Frequency RFID technology for the sediments tracking on a beach close to Ancona, Italy. For this experimentation, cylinder glass tags were used, modifying a previous solution based on the use of plastic disc tags. While the use of Low Frequency RFID as a technology to monit...
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Transport of coarse sediments on coarse clastic beaches still presents aspects that are not fully understood. For instance, there is a generally perceived notion that during fair-weather periods coarse grains hardly move, if not at all. The aim of this experiment is to prove that sediments such as pebbles are subject to significant shift in very sh...
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The aim of the present study is to classify the beaches stretching between the Bevano River mouth and the beach of Lido di Classe, in the northern Adriatic Sea (Italy) and analyze the response of this littoral zone to storm events in the short-medium term. The study site is an almost 4 km-long beach bordered at the southern edge by coastal structur...
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Transport of coarse sediments on coarse clastic beaches still presents aspects that are not fully understood. For instance, there is a generally perceived notion that during fair-weather periods coarse grains hardly move, if not at all. The aim of this experiment is to prove that sediments such as pebbles are subject to significant shift in very sh...
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The objective of the present study is to classify the beaches stretching between the Bevano River mouth and the beach of Lido di Classe, in the northern Adriatic Sea (Italy). The study site is an almost 4 Km-long beach bordered at the southern edge by coastal structures and completely natural up to the Bevano River mouth which represents the northe...

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This Special Issue aims at collecting new insights and benefits deriving from the use of UAVs in studies focusing on coastal geomorphology. Recent advancements in the methodologies, techniques, data processing, and future developments of UAV systems are also welcome. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/UAV_Application_Monitoring_Coastal_Morphology
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To understand physical processes operating at various spatial and temporal scales within the nearshore and beach zones.