Case Study: Area of Interest
The study area is located within the Saronic Gulf, southern to the capital of Greece, Athens. The Saronic Gulf is connected directly to the Aegean Sea to the Southeast through a 42 km span between the Argolid and the Attica Peninsula. To the Northwest, the Saronic Gulf is connected to the Gulf of Corinth, through the Corinth Canal. A more thorough look into the geomorphology of the Gulf indicates three subsections with vastly different characteristics. Specifically, the outer gulf, at the Southeast, with a direct connection to the Aegean Sea, the inner gulf at the Northeast is located away from the open boundary and it’s an area of major economic interest due to the presence of the Port of Piraeus. Finally, the western part of the gulf displays significant variability in terms of bathymetry, with the greatest depths of the gulf appearing in this section. The western section of the gulf includes the area of interest, i.e., the end-user’s desalination plant, constructed and operated by SYCHEM.