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The European river ocean system (EROS) 2000 project is an attempt to understand the biogeochemical processes and their alteration by human activity in the European coastal zone. More specifically, EROS 2000 addresses the following questions:

- What is the role of the estuarine and coastal environment in sequestering organic and inorganic carbon and in the exchange of carbon dioxide across the air-sea interface, and how do these processes effect the global carbon cycle?
- What is the role of the coastal ocean in the production of other greenhouse gases, such as compounds of nitrogen and sulphur?
- To what extent is the residence time of elements and compounds in the ocean controlled by the transformation and accumulation of organic and inorganic matter in the estuarine and coastal environment?
- What in the receiving capacity of the coastal ocean for pollutants of riverine and atmospheric origin?
- What are the socio-economic consequences of environmental changes, particularly those induced by climatic modifications and by human impact on the coastal zone?

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Authors: MARTIN J-M, JRC Ispra (IT);MILLIMAN J D, College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science, Virginia (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Deep-Sea Research II, Topical Studies in Oceanogeography, Vol. 44 (1997) No. 3-4, pp. 521-529
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