Urban micro-forestry for climate adaptation in the smaller ports of the mid-Adriatic sea


  • Roberta Cocci Grifoni University of Camerino (Italy)
  • Timothy D. Brownlee University of Camerino (Italy)
  • Graziano Enzo Marchesani University of Camerino (Italy)
  • Maria Federica Ottone University of Camerino (Italy)




micro-forestation, climate change adaptation, urban comfort, ports, Adriatic


The article describes a research work aimed at identifying tools to support the activation and environmental regeneration of the open space of the ports in the mid-Adriatic area, an area with untapped potential, though there are significant criticalities. Starting from a set of data taken from the INTERREG Italy-Croatia Joint_SECAP project and, in particular, from the risks and climatic vulnerabilities of the Italian mid-Adriatic city, the contribution presents hypotheses for the light transformation of a part of the port infrastructure through urban micro-forestry interventions. The methodological approach uses simulation tools with a parametric platform that generates proprietary algorithms and allows recursive control over every aspect of the process.


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Author Biographies

Roberta Cocci Grifoni, University of Camerino (Italy)

Physicist and PhD, she is an Associate Professor in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture and Design. She carries out research activities mainly in environmental thermofluid dynamics and quality of life.
E-mail: roberta.coccigrifoni@unicam.it

Timothy D. Brownlee, University of Camerino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Research Fellow in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture and Design and works on urban open spaces and climate change adaptation measures.
E-mail: timothy.brownlee@unicam.it

Graziano Enzo Marchesani, University of Camerino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Research Assistant at the School of Architecture and Design. He works mainly on numerical simulations for the evaluation of urban comfort.
E-mail: graziano.marchesani@unicam.it

Maria Federica Ottone, University of Camerino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is a Full Professor of Environmental Design at the School of Architecture and Design. Her research topics include urban open spaces and the relationship between the different dimensions of design in urban regeneration and transformation, with particular attention to climate and environmental issues.
E-mail: mariafederica.ottone@unicam.it


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How to Cite

Cocci Grifoni, R., Brownlee, T. D., Marchesani, G. E. and Ottone, M. F. (2022) “Urban micro-forestry for climate adaptation in the smaller ports of the mid-Adriatic sea”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 172–181. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/11152022.



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