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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)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK3-CT-2000-00031

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    31 January 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 120 767

  • EU contribution

    € 860 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Denmark

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.

Coordinator

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Address

399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde

Denmark

Participants (5)

FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE

Finland

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER MANAGEMENT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK3-CT-2000-00031

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    31 January 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 120 767

  • EU contribution

    € 860 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Denmark