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"Monitoring long-term trends in eutrophication and nutrients in the coastal zone: Creation of guidelines for the evaluation of background conditions, anthropogenic influence and recovery"
Project description:
"This project will use the high resolution record of environmental changes
recorded  in coastal sediments to reconstruct, or hindcast, 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."

Project lead:   National Environmental Research Institute NERI
Department:   Department of Marine Ecology
Address:   Frederiksborgvej 399
Postal code:   4000
City:   Roskilde
Country:   DK
Project coordinator:   Dr. Daniel CONLEY
Phonenumber:   4546301200
Faxnumber:   4546301114
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