The TAO project, in the frame of the program POR-FESR 2014-2020 of the Emilia-Romagna Region, aims to develop smart technologies for monitoring coastlines, focusing its activities in the shore sector delimited by the maximum rise of the waves to the depth of closure, i.e., the maximum water depth with active interaction between waves and the seafloor. Main goals are investigating causes of coastal erosion and effectiveness of coastal defense structures.
The project combines 5 public technological transfer laboratories and 4 private companies in a public-private partnership. The Project TAO main objective is to develop a smart, low cost and low environmental impact technological platform composed of fixed and mobile stations for monitoring supra and sub littoral zones. It will be made by a set of ad-hoc developed instruments collecting morpho-batymetric, reflectivity and stratigraphic data for 3D modeling sediment transport and erosion at the seafloor and sub seafloor. The developed technologies will also allow to collect water samples, coastline images and, through the analysis of biotic and abiotic multi-proxies, to carry out environmental status assessments.