News

07.02.2018

MONITOOL project starts winter sampling campaigns along the whole European Atlantic Area

New tools for monitoring the chemical status in transitional and coastal waters under the Water Framework Directive

MONITOOL Project starts its first sampling campaigns along the whole European Atlantic Area between January and March of current year. In these campaigns, passive sampling devices (DGTs type: Diffusive Gradient Thin films) and spot water samples are both used. The aim is to obtain a robust database to adapt existing Environmental Quality Standards (EQS; 0.45 µm-filtered) for passive sampling devices (EQS-DGT) in order to evaluate the chemical status of waters under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

During campaigns, each partner will deploy DGTs and take water samples and in situ data in four different locations, covering the Atlantic region, from the Canary Islands to the Scottish Highlands and Islands and also the Mediterranean Sea. Protocols for sample collection, treatment and analysis have been stablished to be followed by all participating partners guaranteeing the comparability and reproducibility of the obtained data.

After field campaigns, IFREMER, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, will be responsible for the DGT metal analysis. Water metal analysis by voltammetry for labile metal concentrations will be carried out by IST, Instituto Superior Técnico, and IPMA, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, will perform the water metals analysis for dissolved metal concentrations by ICP-MS.

Priority metals to be studied are: cadmium, nickel and lead, but others such us aluminium, silver, cobalt, copper, chrome, iron, manganese and zinc will be also considered.

This starting represents a new step in the timeline of MONITOOL, which kicked off last September with its first event in Dublin. The next sampling campaign will take place on dry conditions, between May and September 2018.

Seven research partners are involved in MONITOOL, in addition to Dublin City University (DCU, Ireland) who coordinates project: Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC, Spain), Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA, Portugal), Fundación AZTI (AZTI, Spain), Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER, France), Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS, United Kingdom), Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy) and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Portugal).

These research partners work with nine local associated partners as first stakeholders, sampling campaign collaborators and end-users of MONITOOL results: Scottish Government (United Kingdom), Marine Institute - Foras na Mara (Ireland), Consejo Insular de Aguas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Viceconsejería de Medioambiente del Gobierno de Canarias (Spain), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (United Kingdom), Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland), Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (France), Agencia Vasca del Agua (Spain) and Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portugal).

MONITOOL PROJECT - New tools for monitoring the chemical status in transitional and coastal waters under the WFD - is co-financed by Interreg Atlantic Area Programme (2014-2020) and has a duration of three years, from July 2017 until June 2020.

More information at: monitoolproject.eu

Contact: monitool@monitoolproject.eu

Published on: 2018-02-07


Monitool partners discuss project´s first results in AZTI, San Sebastián

9/10.10.2018, San Sebastián

The 3rd partners meeting gave the participants the opportunity to discuss in depth the wet season sampling campaign results

Highlights of the Interreg Atlantic Area annual event

25.10.2018, Vigo

Around 160 participants hosted in Vigo to discuss blue innovation in the Atlantic regions

27 projects approved under the second call

18.10.2018

The Monitoring Committee approved in Cardiff the second set of projects to be funded by Interreg Atlantic Area

4H-CREAT project organizes an International Creative and Cultural Industry Virtual Fair

16-17.10.2018

This virtual fair can connect and interact with business and other organisations from the Cultural and Creative Industry in a virtual environment

14th National Congress on the Environment (Conama) 2018

26-29.11.2018, Madrid

Interreg Atlantic Area will be presented at a workshop organised by the Ministerior de Hacienda y Función Pública

Interreg Atlantic Area at the European Week of Cities and Regions

8-11.10.2018, Brussels

Exhibition #MadewithInterreg will showcase good examples of transnational cooperation

Interreg Atlantic Area participates in the 5th Atlantic Stakeholder Conference

23-24.10.2018, Vigo (Spain)

Two sessions and a stand to promote good investment practices to the blue economy in skills, employment and innivation

INTERREG ATLANTIC AREA ANNUAL EVENT

22.10.2018, Vigo (Spain)

"Blue innovation: main engine for sustainable growth in the Atlantic Area"

Interact E-Book "Connecting Cultures, Connected Citizens"

29.08.2018

Atlantic Area projects AYCH, MMIAH and ATLASWH presented as good examples of cultural heritage cooperation projects

4th Steering Committee meeting of the MMIAH project hosted by Plymouth City Council

8/9.08.2018, Plymouth (UK)

Partners had the opportunity to discuss the coming activities and visit relevant Maritime, Military and Industrial assets in the city of Plymouth