Sicilian transitional waters: Current status and future development

Paola Gianguzza, Silvano Riggio, Geraldina Signa, Gianluca Sara', Salvatrice Vizzini, Sebastiano Calvo, Antonio Mazzola, Agostino Tomasello, Renato Chemello, Geraldina Signa, Alessandro Bergamasco, Giuseppe Giaccone, Marcella Leonardi, Letterio Guglielmo, Gabriella Caruso

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Abstract

To appraise the current knowledge of Sicilian transitional waters (TWs), a review was undertaken of the information available on these ecosystems. In detail, a synthesis of the current status is reported, highlighting for each area the ecological features and status, historical data, conservation regime, environmental emergencies and anthropic pressures to which they are subject. The Sicilian TWs reviewed include coastal ponds and lakes, mires and areas with active and nonactive saltworks. Almost all of these ecosystems are affected by several protection regimes because of their high naturalistic value, although current knowledge is limited and fragmented. A few areas have received more attention from the scientific community, whereas others are consistently less studied. The overall picture is one of high heterogeneity in terms of origin, typology, surface, animal and vegetal communities, marine and freshwater exchanges, anthropic pressure and intended use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-283
Number of pages16
JournalCHEMISTRY IN ECOLOGY
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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