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MED-CORE Résumé de rapport

Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10003
Financé au titre de: FP5-INCO 2
Pays: Spain

Protocol for assessment of seagrass health and coastal water quality

Seagrasses are very sensitive to anthropogenic disturbances, and this property makes this organism much suitable as environmental quality bioindicators. In the framework of MEDCORE, a series of seagrass health descriptors was tested on different areas (see result 38309). Based on these data, we developped a multivariate method to combine the different descriptors into a single index expressing seagrass health and indicating coastal water status.

This methodology, which was partially developped on a national basis but was widely tested in the trans-national framework of MEDCORE, is aimed at the diagnose of the coastal water status, and is compliant with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive of the UE.


Javier ROMERO, (Professor)
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