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The objectives of the DITTY project are to develop scientific bases for sustainable development of Southern European lagoons taking into account all the activities that affect the aquatic environment. Five sites have been identified ranging from the Ria Formosa (Portugal) at the entry to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, to the Gulf of Gera (Greece) in the Aegean archipelago in the east and between these, Mar Menor in Spain, Thau lagoon in France and Sacca di Goro on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
These sites with their associated catchment areas and coastal zones are all economically very important (aquaculture-shell fishing) and exhibit a range of anthropogenic pressures (agriculture, industry and tourism). Meteorologically, they are influenced by a very varied range of conditions (rainfall events, temperature) which could be influenced by long-term climatic factors.
The final objective of the DITTY project is to develop a prototype of a Decision Support System for the management of coastal lagoons as well as of various tools as data collecting and data base, GIS tool, numerical models, indicators and benchmarking and economic tools.