Valsorda, Gualdo Tadino - Viola eugeniae Parl.
A.R. Frattaroli1, A. Acosta2, G. Ciaschetti1, L. Di Martino1, G. Pirone1 & A. Stanisci 3
1Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università degli Studi de L’Aquila, Via Vetoio Loc. Coppito, I – 67100 L’Aquila: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, V.le Marconi 446, I – 00146 Roma
3Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente e il Territorio, Università degli Studi del Molise, Via Mazzini 8, I– 86170 Isernia
The aim of this study is to analyse the environmental quality of a tract of the Adriatic coastal systems using floristic and vegetation parameters. The study area includes the Abruzzo (67 km) and Molise (35 km) coasts and comprises 19 quadrants (Base Units) following the European Cartographic system; however, only 9 quadrants showed a representative coastal habitat. 26 vegetation types (phytosociological associations) were identified and the environmental quality was defined using the following parameters: community rarity, azonality, psammophilous sequence, species distribution, and the occurrence of endemic species, endangered species and alien and ruderal taxa. Results show that the analysed coastal systems are not always well preserved from human disturbance, even if in some quadrants the coastal communties zonation is almost complete with high values of environmental quality.
Abruzzo, coasts, environmental quality, flora, Molise, vegetation