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Thursday 04 February 2021

The floods in Bari: what history should have taught

With a selection of historical photos and documents


  • Presentation of the book at the Feltrinelli bookshop in Bari on 20/02/2021.

Author: Michele Mossa
Title of the book: The floods in Bari: what history should have taught
Language: English and Italian
Publisher: Mario Adda Editore
ISBN: 9788867175390
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 96
Format: 24x30, paperback with flaps
Figures: 57 figures in b/w and color

In this book the historic floods in the city of Bari, Italy, are analyzed and compared to the recent flood of October 2005. The objective is to point out the role of anthropogenic action and poor planning in the amplification of territory risks. The studied zone is highly permeable and is characterized by a drainage network which is not always defined. It is constructed of numerous natural incisions which, locally, are called “lame”. The main hydraulic characteristics of floods are described evidencing the effect of ungovernable and chaotic anthropogenic impact, that, being united with incorrect planning, result in catastrophic events. A high level of attention must always be given to the protection of the territory in order to avoid high risk situations. Once hydraulic operations are carried out they must be maintained in order to continue their efficiency which cannot be put to risk by poor territorial planning.
Many historical photos and documents are also reported.
Further information of the floods of Bari are available from this link: https://www.michelemossa.it/en/news-and-events/events/photo-exhibition-of-floods-in-bari/738

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Michele Mossa
Professor of Hydraulics at the
Polytechnic University of Bari
Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry
Via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari - ITALY


Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Area Universitaria di Valenzano
Strada Provinciale
Valenzano - Casamassima, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, BARI- ITALY