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EUROPEAN RIVER OCEAN SYSTEM

Objective

TO INVESTIGATE THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL INTERACTIONS AFFECTING THE CYCLING AND TRANSFORMATION OF POLLUTANTS AND NUTRIENTS IN EUROPEAN COASTAL WATERS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS.

THE EROS 2000 PROJECT (EUROPEAN RIVER OCEAN SYSTEM) IS A LARGE-SCALE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROGRAMME BETWEEN 26 LABORATORIES FROM 11 EC-MEMBER STATES AIMING :
- TO INVESTIGATE QUANTITATIVELY THE MAJOR SOURCES, CYCLES AND FATE OF NUTRIENTS AND MAJOR ORGANIC AND INORGANIC POLLUTANTS IN CONTRASTING EUROPEAN COASTAL REGIONS;
- TO INVESTIGATE THE MECHANISMS AND RATES OF PROCESSES CONTROLLING BOTH THE BOUNDARY EXCHANGES AND THE INTERNAL CYCLING AND TRANSFORMATION OF METALS, NITROGEN AND ORGANICS;
- TO STRENGHTEN THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAMMES BY INTEGRATING THE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL RESULTS INTO PROCESS-SPECIFIC MODELS AND REGIONAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL MODELS IN REGARD TO INTERACTIONS BETWEEN NUTRIENTS AND POLLUTANTS.

TO ACHIEVE THESE AIMS, EROS 2000 IS PLANNED AROUND THE FOLLOWING SUB-PROJECTS :
I. INTEGRATION: MODELLING, STATISTICS AND REMOTE SENSING.
II. BIO-ORGANIC PROCESSES: NUTRIENTS FLUXES AND EUTROPHICATION, ORGANIC POLLUTANTS AND BIOMARKERS.
III. INORGANIC PROCESSES: INPUT, SPECIFICATION AND REACTIVITY OF TRACE METALS AND METALLOIDS.
IV. PARTICULATES: SOURCES, TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION RATES.

IN ADDITION TO ASSESSING THE IMMEDIATE FATE OFF ANTHROPOGENIC POLLUTANTS, THE EROS 2000 PROJECT WILL ALSO ADDRESS A RANGE OF PROBLEMS OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE. ACCURATE EVALUATIONS OF RIVERINE INPUT WILL BE COMPARED TO ATMOSPHERIC INPUT DATA, AND ASSOCIATED PROCESSES WILL BE STUDIED IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CONTAMINATION PATHWAYS IN THE MARINE COASTAL ENVIRONMENT. STUDIES OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BENTHIC PROCESSES AND PRIMARY PRODUCTION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTROL OF LONG-TERM COASTAL EUTROPHICATION. DURING AN INITIAL PHASE OF TWO YEARS (1988-1989) THE EROS 2000 PROJECT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN A PILOT ZONE LOCATED IN THE NW-MEDITERRANEAN SEA. AFTERWARDS IT IS ENVISAGED TO EXTEND THE PROJECT TO OTHER COASTAL REGIONS OF EUROPEAN SEAS.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Address
1 Rue Maurice Arnoux
92120 Montrouge
France

Participants (16)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientòficas
Spain
Address
18-26,Jordi Girona
08034 Barcelona
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
101,Via Gobetti 101
40129 Bologna
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52425 Juelich
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais, Pav. Mecanica 1-2°
1049-001 Lisboa
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Christou Lada Street 6
10561 Athens
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Area Della Ricerca, Via Alfieri 1
56010 Mezzana
NERC Centre of Coastal and Marine Sciences
United Kingdom
Address
Prospect Place West Hoe
PL1 3DH Plymouth
Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Netherlands
Address

1790 AB Texel, Den Burg
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Bedford Street North
L69 3BX Liverpool
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE*ULG
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Du Triomphe Campus De La Plaine
1050 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
1,Nordre Ringgade 1-3
8000 Aarhus C
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Moorweidenstrasse, 18
20148 Hamburg
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Askew Street
LL59 5EY Gwynedd
University College Dublin
Ireland
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton