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Research Supporting the Development of Eutrophication Monitoring & Assessment - ME2202

Summary Objectives:
Marine eutrophication is a critical environmental concern and the subject of continuing high policy interest for the nations of northwest Europe. This project will contribute to the identification of the key factors determining ecosystem susceptibility to nutrient enrichment and the resulting undesirable ecosystem consequences of the eutrophication process.

Key Customer Purpose:
The results of the work will be used by Defra to support national and international debate about the assessment and management of eutrophication. It will further assist regulators and competent authorities when assessing eutrophication for the purposes of the Urban Waste Water Treatment, Nitrates Directives and the OSPAR Strategy and contribute to ensuring the requirements of the Water Framework Directive are met.
Summary Objective
Develop and improve eutrophication assessment capability by:
-developing tools to streamline the gathering and synthesis of data
-researching the key factors that determine ecosystem susceptibility to nutrient enrichment
-research negative impacts on ecosystems and their indicators

Key Customer Purpose
Provide current and best available science enhancing the understanding of the social and economic costs involved with the management of nutrients in proportion to the environmental benefit. Enable Defra to actively participate in international discussions on marine eutrophication and its effects on the environment.
Project Documents
• Technical Report : Two Page Summary How can we improve the detection and diagnosis of eutrophication?   (425k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2009

Cost: £861,364
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Protection              
Water Pollution              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine