LaguNet is a scientific observational network studying the fluxes of nutrients and other contaminants from lagoon catchments to the near coastal environment. The objectives of LaguNet are to support and encourage co-operation of research groups studying lagoons, wetlands and saltmash systems situated along the Italian coast and to evaluate the application of the LOICZ (Land Ocean Interactions in Coastal Zones, a core project of IGBP) biogeochemical flux model and typology classification to such sites.
The idea of a network of Italian researchers who are involved in the study of lagoons and coastal transitional ecosystems was developed during a workshop "Coastal and estuarine systems of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions: carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous fluxes" organised in Athens (2-5th February 2001) by LOICZ (Land Ocean Interactions in Coastal Zones) with the support of UNEP and ELOISE. In the proceedings of the workshop are included a first series of estimates on the fluxes of nitrogen and phosphorous from selected transitional ecosystems of the Italian coast (Report and Studies No. 19) that contribute to filling an information gap on information on the Mediterranean coast (for more information refer to LOICZ home page: http://www.loicz.org).
In Italy there exist numerous studies, including over the long-term,
investigating coastal processes, it thus seems important to propose
and develop a working network in which the LOICZ methodology could be
applied to sites and studies of transitional ecosystems along the Italian
coast. A further objective is to evaluate the prospect of presenting
joint National (COFIN, CNR, etc.) or European projects (Research Framework