Coastal ecosystems are threatened by anthropogenic activities and in particular by chemical pollution. Assessment of the impact of chemical pollutants are presently very difficult, because their speciation, i.e. the distribution of the various chemical forms of a given compound, cannot be determined accurately enough or at a sufficiently high time frequency. Development of the novel Multi Physical-Chemical Profiler (MPCP) will provide a unique analytical tool allowing automated trace metal speciation measurements coupled to master variables. Real-time monitoring, as well as detailed temporal/spatial evolution of the distribution of chemical species, will enable us to develop much better predictive models based on biogeochemical processes, to evaluate the impact of human activity on the ecosystem, and therefore to optimise industrial/social developments. The MPCP will also be applicable as early warning system in response of discharge events.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
412 96 Goeteborg
PA34 4AD Oban Argyll
PL4 8AA Plymouth