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Monitoring long-term trends in eutrophication and nutrients in the coastal zone : evaluation of background conditions, anthropogenic influence and recovery (MOLTEN)

Objective

This project will use the high-resolution record of environmental changes recorded in coastal sediments to reconstruct, or hind cast, the long-term (ca. 100-150 years) changes in nutrient (N and P) loading that have taken place in four representative European coastal basins. The project involves novel approaches to reconstruct historical nutrient concentrations using the recently developed technique of diatom-based transfer functions and will use a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct different aspects of ecosystem response (phytoplankton, macrophytes, zoobenthos) to changes in nutrient loading. Results from this analysis will be used to develop a tool that will enable coastal managers to assess the magnitude of nutrient reduction necessary to reach a state by which "only a slight departure of the biological community from the conditions of minimal anthropogenic impact" as defined by the Water Framework Directive.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
Denmark

Participants (5)

FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
6,Kesäkatu 6
00251 Helsinki
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Netherlands
Address
Kortenaerkade 1
2500 EX Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
10,Oester Voldgade 10
1350 Koebenhavn K/copenhaegen
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
Arkadiankatu 7
00014 Helsinki
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Claremont Road Daysh Building
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne