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
Published on: 2018-02-07
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