DANLIM tests the applicability of new fundamental scientific knowledge in decision-making and management of anthropogenic nutrient load in coastal systems. We use a variety of state-of-the-art methods and their advancements, ranging from fluorometric techniques on a single cell level to various aspects of community level nutrient responses in mesocosms. The physiological-demographic mechanisms controlling natural phytoplankton populations are analysed with a new theoretical model. All promising methodological and theoretical results (including empirical bioassay models) will be deployed in an annual monitoring program to test their suitability as tools for coastal zone management. Our main deliverable is Guidelines for Monitoring Nutrient Limitation in Coastal Waters, promoting evolution and unification of European monitoring programs.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts