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Periodic Report - PARAWARM (From communities to individuals: Development of an early warning system to assess the relationship between climate warming and pollution in European freshwater ecosystems)

Project ID: 236127
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Abstract

The aim of the Marie Curie Action PARAWARM was to address the interaction between parasitism and pollution in the context of climate change using parasites in freshwater fish as a model early warning system for altered environmental conditions. Identification of temporal and spatial patterns of abundance and community structure at different thermal regimes is the key to forecast the impacts of climate change on parasite communities in fish in European freshwater ecosystems. Further, linking ecological data to pollutant metabolism is expected to provide novel insights into the response of parasite communities to environmental change which may help predict possible outcomes of host-parasite interaction and forecast minimum index values to detect pollution in the context of the effect of global warming.

According to the report, the main milestones envisaged for the first year of the project have been achieved. The wealth of data that has been gathered at different hierarchical community levels within the framework of the temporal scaling in combination with determination of metal accumulation rates, holds promise for generalisations of heuristic value towards how ongoing and future climate change may alter risks from chemical pollution in the freshwater environment.

The PARAWARM project has been and will be beneficial to the EU by contributing to the enhancement of European research on forecasting the effect of climate change in the freshwater ecosystems. Furthermore, this project leads to advancement of both research and monitoring tools in European freshwater ecosystems.

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Record Number: 11343 / Last updated on: 2011-08-02
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