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EROS 2000 - European River-Ocean System

The EROS-2000 (European River-Ocean System) project is a long term interdisciplinary research project on biogeochemical processes in the European coastal environment. The multiple individual results from the project, which were the subject of five publications in the DG XII se...
The EROS-2000 (European River-Ocean System) project is a long term interdisciplinary research project on biogeochemical processes in the European coastal environment. The multiple individual results from the project, which were the subject of five publications in the DG XII series "Water Pollution Research Reports", have now been integrated and published as a special issue of the international journal "Deep-Sea Research".

The EROS 2000 project, supported by the Community's Environment and Climate programme, with additional support from the Marine Science and Technology (MAST) and International Cooperation (INCO) programmes, has, over the past seven years, attempted to reach an in-depth understanding of the biogeochemical processes, and their alteration by human activities, in the Western Mediterranean Sea.

The "Deep-Sea Research" special issue contains papers on topics such as: Saharan dust inputs to the Western Mediterranean; input of artificial radionucleids by the Rhone to the Gulf of Lions; the distribution and cycling of mercury species in the Western Mediterranean; the first approaches to estimate reliable mass balances for the Western Mediterranean Sea for selected heavy metals(e.g. dissolved aluminium) and for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and PCBs; and the determination of the organic matter in the Western Mediterranean Sea.

In the "introduction" chapter Prof. Jean-Marie Martin, coordinator of the EROS-2000 project, and Prof. John D. Milliman, Chief Editor of "Deep-Sea Research", pinpoint the main "lessons" to be learned from the results of this project, in particular addressing environmental policy makers and managers.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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