Experts – Venice To Sink By 1990

Italian and foreign scientists are racing against time to save the beautiful city of Venice from sinking into the waters it once ruled. It is estimated that at the rate Venice is sinking, two-thirds of the city praised by poets over the centuries will disappear under water by 1990.

19 Mar 1969, 45 – Fort Lauderdale News at

h/t Steve Milloy

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9 Responses to Experts – Venice To Sink By 1990

  1. Andy says:

    Venice has had flooding on and off since I can remember and I am no spring chicken.

    It’s probably due to where they built it ! It’s not rocket science is it…


    • rah says:

      Venice was built there for defense. First from the Huns and then later from many others, It’s relative security was the very foundation of that city states wealth. Wealth that fostered the city state and allowed for the consolidation of wealth that financed the creation of it’s unique architecture and treasures. Now the very mud flats of the lagoon that provided the security that allowed for that consolidation of wealth threatens it’s existence in the long run. Climate change is not the threat. Subsidence is.

  2. Gator says:

    A delicate operation to expose two unique medieval ships and a sunken island in the Venetian lagoon has begun.

    The boats were filled with mud and sunk in 1328 in a desperate attempt to protect the shores of San Marco from the rising sea. The attempt failed and the island was abandoned soon after. But in 1996, the boats were rediscovered, almost perfectly preserved in one metre of water.

    Crazy climate change deniers! Everybody knows that rising sea levels and rising temperatures never occurred until after the beginning of industrial revolution!

    Venice has battled rising water levels since the fifth century. But today, the water seems to be winning. Several factors, both natural and man-made, cause Venice to flood about 100 times a year — usually from October until late winter — a phenomenon called the acqua alta.

    I recently asked a Venetian how much the city is sinking. He said, “Less than the sea is rising.” Venice sits atop sediments deposited at the ancient mouth of the Po River, which are still compacting and settling. Early industrial projects, such as offshore piers and the railroad bridge to the mainland, affected the sea floor and tidal cycles in ways that made the city more vulnerable to flooding. Twentieth-century industry worsened things by pumping out massive amounts of groundwater from the aquifer beneath the lagoon for nearly 50 years before the government stopped the practice in the 1970s. In the last century, Venice has sunk by about nine inches.

    Revisionists! Liars! Round Earthers!

    • Gator – So why is the sea not rising in other places? Sydney’s Fort Denison claims the sea there, which is the largest ocean area in the world, has risen a few mms over the last 100 years. Would they lie? Shouldn’t the sea rise relatively equally, everywhere, if all the water is joined? This would especially apply on a flat plane surely? If on a round ball then maybe the wobble causes water to shift? Villages in UK have been falling into the sea for hundreds of years and I would have thought Venice would have disappeared by now, being where it is and supported on what it is.

  3. kzvxrpl says:

    The silly BBC make headlines of any climate change story they can find and yesterday made a big deal of the Venice flood: “Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says.”
    Obviously, the mayor of Venice must be a climatology expert, either that or he reads MSM and David Attenborough documentaries, which is the same thing, I guess.
    The flood levels were higher in 1966 and I wonder if the mayor said it was due to climate change then?

  4. Davide says:

    It has been calculated that Venice is sinking about 25 cm per century, mainly because of underground consolidation.
    With last days events, of course, all “journalists” and “scientists” told us that climate change is the reason.
    And no matter if 1966 event had been even worse, or if Venice has always had “high water” recurrent problems: this time the cause is climate change, and other past events are not relevant. This is the “settled science” we know.
    I suggest you this article, in italian, because also here we have people keeping brain turned on :)

  5. Ed Bo says:

    This week’s New York magazine (from a publication that prints lots of climate catastrophe porn) says this about Venice:

    “Every summer, Venice sinks a little further into the lagoon, its foundations eroded by decades of cruise-ship wakes and the weight of millions of tourists.”

  6. Sigge says:

    Notice the figure in [2] (appended). Linear RSL in 300 years (Venice sunk approximately 25 cm/century). “Periods with temporary sea level stasis can be found in 1879–1894, 1899–1908, 1910–1950, 1937–1951 and 1970–today. Although the last period is among the longest ones, it benefits from two fortunate events: a 2–3 cm aquifer rebound, and an increase in atmospheric pressure (1 hPa) that has characterized the last four decades, equivalent to 1cm sea level decreas.” The 1686 inundation has been estimated to reach 254 cm above the current MSL [5].
    [1] Camuffo Dario, Canaletto’s paintings open a new window on the relative sea level rise in Venice, in Journal of Cultural Heritage, 4, 2001, pp. 227-281.
    [2] Camuffo Dario, Sturaro Giovanni, Sixty-cm submersion of Venice discovered thanks to Canaletto’s paintings, in Climatic Change, 58, 2003, pp. 333-343.
    [3] Camuffo Dario, Sturaro Giovanni, Use of proxy-documentary and instrumental data to assess the risk factors leading to sea flooding in Venice, in Global and Planetary Change, 40, 2004, pp. 93-103
    [4] Giordani Soika A, Venezia e il problema delle acque alte. Con la collaborazione di A. Sbavaglia, S. Stocchetti e V. Vignani. Boll. Mus. civ. St. Nat. Venezia 27 Suppl. 1976: 1-118
    [5] Miozzi, Eugenio (1969). Venezia nei Secoli. Vol. III, La laguna. Venezia Casa Editrice Il Libeccio. p. 513
    See also

  7. Thomas Heath says:

    Fascinating 120,000 yr. time lapse simulation of the Alps. (Note how far Venice is inland until ~8,000 BP.)

    Julien Seguinot (2018)

    J. Seguinot, S. Ivy-Ochs, G. Jouvet, M. Huss, M. Funk, and F. Preusser. Modelling last glacial cycle ice dynamics in the Alps, *The Cryosphere*, 12, 3265-3285,, 2018.

    Further references:
    Software: PISM, matplotlib, xarray, ffmpeg, etc.
    Resources: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, Swiss National Science Foundation, Hokkaido University

    Input data:
    ERA-Interim (Dee et al., 2011), Geothermy (Goutorbe et al., 2011), WorldClim (Hijmans et al., 2005), Ice thickness (Huss and Farinotti, 2012), SRTM (Jarvis et al., 2008), EPICA (Jouzel et al., 2007), Natural Earth (Patterson and Kelso, 2016), Sea level (Spratt et al., 2016)

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