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Monitoring of Posidonia oceanica meadows in the Sicilian coasts under the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

  • Giancarlo Bellissimo
  • Benedetto Sirchia
  • Vincenzo Ruvolo

The present paper aims to assess for the first time the ecological status of the Sicilian water bodies using the PREI (Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index) method according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC) requirements. The PREI is based on five metrics: shoot density, shoot leaf surface area, E/L ratio, depth of lower limit, and type of this lower limit. Monitoring of the 29 P. oceanica meadows allowed to classify the 20 WBs of Sicilian coasts in the first two levels of status: 10 as “high” and 10 as “good” with the PREI values ranged between 0,551 and 1.

  • Keywords:
  • Ecological status,
  • Posidonia oceanica,
  • PREI,
  • Sicilian coast,
  • Water Framework Directive,
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Giancarlo Bellissimo

ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-5287-6686

Benedetto Sirchia

ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy

Vincenzo Ruvolo

ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy

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Monitoring of Posidonia oceanica meadows in the Sicilian coasts under the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

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Giancarlo Bellissimo, Benedetto Sirchia, Vincenzo Ruvolo

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10.36253/978-88-5518-147-1.51

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Eighth International Symposium “Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Areas. Problems and Measurement Techniques”

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Livorno (Italy) June 2020

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Donatella Carboni, Matteo De Vincenzi, Laura Bonora

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