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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Scientists to assess Venice flood risk
Dogana Da Mar customs house, Venice
Venice is regularly swamped by high tides and floods
International scientists will meet in the UK this September to assess the increasing flooding risk to Venice.

Cambridge University has announced it will host the meeting to debate flood protection measures and review research on the risks facing the World Heritage Site.

Experts have warned that if more is not done to protect the city, flooding will make it uninhabitable by the end of the century.

Dr Caroline Fletcher, Venice research fellow at Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, said: "The issues facing Venice are complex and broad-ranging - storm surge flooding, damage to buildings, pollution, coastal erosion, loss of habitats, rising sea levels and uncertainty.

"Cross-disciplinary thinking is a necessity."

Plans by the Italian government to build flood control barriers are expected to be examined at the conference along with other safeguarding measures.

Major research bodies, government agencies and representatives from Venice are expected to gather at the meeting, which has major funding from the Venice In Peril Fund.

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