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In-situ automated monitoring of trace metal speciation in estuaries and coastal zones in relation with the biogeochemical processes (IMTEC)

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IDRONAUT SRL
Address
Via Mazzini 6
20123 Milano
Italy

Participants (12)

BARBERIS FRANCO
Italy
Address
Via Orombella, 29
Cambiago
COTTINI FABIO PAOLO
Italy
Address
Via Matterella, 10
20090 Assago
FRIGIERI PAOLO
Italy
Address
Via 1 Maggio, 24
20047 Brugherio
GODET CHARLES-HENRI
Switzerland
Address
Chemin Des Prises, 11
2000 Neuchatel
GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Kemivagen 10
412 96 Goeteborg
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Largo Fiera Della Pesca 1
60125 Ancona
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Birkenhead
PA34 4AD Oban Argyll
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Via Delle Brecce Bianche Nr 1
60131 Ancona
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Address
Rue Emile Argand 11
2007 Neuchatel
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Address
1,Rue A.-l. Brequet 2
2000 Neuchatel
UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA
Switzerland
Address
Quai E. Ansermet 30
1211 Geneve
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth