The Po River is the longest Italian river. It is located between the Southern face of the Italian Alps and the Northern side of the Apennines. Its catchment is the largest in Italy, with a drainage area of 70090 km2 at the delta and a main stream length of 652 km. The downstream reach of the Po River, which flows through some major Italian cities, including Turin, Piacenza and Cremona, is characterized by a marked development of human settlements, as well as an intense agricultural and industrial activity, which flourished in the second half of the 20th century. Currently, about 17 million people live in the Po River basin, where the 40% of the Italian gross domestic product originates (Po River Basin Authority, 2006). Employment, agricultural production and energy consumption in the Po river basin amount to 46%, 35% and 48% of the Italian total, respectively. This Chapter presents the main geological, morphological, and hydrological characteristics of the Po River basin, and provides the reader with a general overview of human activities designed for the monitoring and preservation of water resources.

Chapter 116 - Po River Basin

Alberto Montanari
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Serena Ceola;Emanuele Baratti;Alessio Domeneghetti;Armando Brath
2017

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The Po River is the longest Italian river. It is located between the Southern face of the Italian Alps and the Northern side of the Apennines. Its catchment is the largest in Italy, with a drainage area of 70090 km2 at the delta and a main stream length of 652 km. The downstream reach of the Po River, which flows through some major Italian cities, including Turin, Piacenza and Cremona, is characterized by a marked development of human settlements, as well as an intense agricultural and industrial activity, which flourished in the second half of the 20th century. Currently, about 17 million people live in the Po River basin, where the 40% of the Italian gross domestic product originates (Po River Basin Authority, 2006). Employment, agricultural production and energy consumption in the Po river basin amount to 46%, 35% and 48% of the Italian total, respectively. This Chapter presents the main geological, morphological, and hydrological characteristics of the Po River basin, and provides the reader with a general overview of human activities designed for the monitoring and preservation of water resources.
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