Preprint Brief Report Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Management of Posidonia Oceanica Leaf Litter in Calabrian Sandy Beaches (Southern Italy).

Version 1 : Received: 25 May 2021 / Approved: 27 May 2021 / Online: 27 May 2021 (10:20:57 CEST)

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Journal reference: Coasts 2021, 1, 25-30
DOI: 10.3390/coasts1010002


The wracks of Posidonia oceanica leaves on the sandy beaches of Calabrian region could be one of the most important defence against erosion processes. The management of Posidonia oceanica leaf litter in Italy has been realized through the mechanical removal and the transport in dumping areas of the beach-cast material. This solution, apparently simple and fast, produces a net loss of sediments from the sandy beaches and, therefore, a deficit in the sedimentary budget of coastline leading the coastal system to possible shore erosions. Instead, it could be better to keep these vegetable deposits on the place so to warrant a positive sedimentary budget and the tourist value of the regional beaches improving coastal tourism in the seaside resorts with bathing vocation.


Posidonia oceanica; “Banquettes”; Calabria; Seaside tourism


EARTH SCIENCES, Atmospheric Science

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