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European River Ocean System: the interactions between the river Danube and the north western Black Sea - Pilot phase (1994 - 1995)

Objective

EROS 2000 (European River Ocean System) is a long term interdisciplinary research project on biogeochemical processes in the European coastal environment of the Danube Delta and the North Western Black Sea. This area represents one of the ultimate examples of deterioration of the coastal marine environment where dramatic eutrophication, pollution and erosion problems are observed. The extrapolation of the results obtained in this area will be of great value for determining measures to be taken to prevent such catastrophic situation in other semi-enclosed seas. It further represents a key area for understanding the production of biogases of climatological significance such as methane.

The following questions will be addressed by the project:

1. What would be the consequences of a reduction of the river input of nutrients for the eutrophication and the ecosystem structure of the North-Western Black-Sea ?

2. What are the riverine and atmospheric sources, levels and fates of key organic/inorganic pollutants in the Black Sea environment ?

3. What are likely to be the short -and long- term consequences of the regulation of river discharge for sediment transport/erosion/deposition and water stratification ?

4. What is the significance of the Black Sea source of important key greenhouse gases ?


After five years spent in the Gulf of Lions and the Western Mediterranean, EROS 2000 moves East. Western and eastern european scientists decided to pool their efforts together to study the Danube Delta and the North Western Black Sea.
This area represents the ultimate example of deterioration of the coastal and marine aquatic environment. It can be viewed as the best pilot site to understand the complex interactions between the human activities and the marine environment. The specific questions adressed by the project will be the followings :
1. What would be the consequences of a reduction of the river input of nutrients for the eutrophicationand the ecosystem structure of the north-Western Black sea ?
2. What are the riverine and atmospheric sources, levels and fates of key organic/inorganic pollutants in the Black sea environment ?
3. What are likely to be short- and long-term consequences of the regulation of river discharge for sediment transport/erosion/deposition and water stratification ?
4. What is the significance of the Black sea source of important key greenhouse gases ?

Call for proposal

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Coordinator

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

Participants (19)

BALTIC SEA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Germany
Address
Seestrasse 15
18119 Rostock /Warnemunde
 
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Quai De La Darse, Observatoire Océanologique
06238 Villefranche Sur Mer
 
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
18-26,Jordi Girona 18-26
08034 Barcelona
 
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
52 Avenue De Villeneuve
66860 Perpignan
 
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
4 Place Jussieu
75252 Paris
 
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Fabeckstrasse 69
14195 Berlin
 
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Saarstraße 23
55020 Mainz
 
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Bundesstra¯e 55
20146 Hamburg
 
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
28,Vierstraat 28
4401 EA Yerseke
 
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Bedford Street North
L69 3BX Liverpool
 
UNIVERSITAET KONSTANZ
Germany
Address
Mainaustrasse 252
78457 Konstanz
 
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
221,Boulevard Du Triomphe 221
1050 Bruxelles
 
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Budesstrasse 55
20146 Hamburg
 
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Ridley Building, Claremont Road
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
 
University College Cork
Ireland
Address
Western Road
30 Cork
 
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
 
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
France
Address
6 Avenue Le Gorgeu
29285 Brest
 
Université de Liège
Belgium
Address
85,
4000 Liège
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Belgium
Address
2,Pleinlaan 2
1050 Bruxelles