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Interview with Maria J. Belzunce Ph.D., leader of MONITOOL Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies)
IPMA complete metal analysis in seawater samples
UNICA (University of Cagliari) organized a conference the 20 June 2019 in Cagliari
MONITOOL Data Quality Assurance: a holistic view
DGT Conference 2019 will be the fifth international scientific event with MONITOOL presence in 2019
MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria
Technical conferences present MONITOOL project and DGT passive sampling in the Canary Islands
Interview with Thi Bolam, leader of MONITOOL Work Package 5
ITC will organize 2 technical conferences in the days preceding the next partners´ meeting in Canary Islands
UNICA promotes the application of the MONITOOL approach for other organic compounds
DCU analyses biofouling on MONITOOL DGTs
Organisation of the interlaboratory DGT exercise by IFREMER, October 2018
Database Management and correlation studies. First promising results.
Interview with Dr. Blánaid White, coordinator of Interreg founded MONITOOL project
MONITOOL partners discuss project´s first results in AZTI, San Sebastián
AZTI hosts 3rd MONITOOL meeting in San Sebastian
DGT extraction and metal analysis by IFREMER
Determination of lead and cadmium labile fraction by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry and total dissolved Nickel Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry
Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe
MONITOOL Project analyses its winter samples and obtains their first results
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UNICA contributes to MONITOOL project from outside Atlantic Region

UNICA contributes to MONITOOL project from outside Atlantic Region

The Università degli Studi di Cagliari (UNICA; Italy) is participating in the MONITOOL project as a Partner from outside the Atlantic Region, which operates in the Mediterranean. The main tasks of this institution research group are:

- to collaborate in the development of sampling and sample handling protocols

- to perform two sampling campaigns, in wet and dry seasons

- to participate in an intercalibration exercise

- to extend the results of the MONITOOL project beyond the Atlantic Region

Within the framework of MONITOOL, UNICA has selected four representative sampling stations in the harbour of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). UNICA has already carried out the first sampling campaign in March and, now, is preparing for the one in September.

In March, they deployed DGT passive samplers at the 4 stations located in the harbour, for 5 days, collecting simultaneously spot water samples. DGTs and water samples were sent, following the protocols developed in the project, to the Partners in charge of the measurement of DGT-labile (IFREMER, France), dissolved (CEFAS, UK; IPMA, Portugal) and labile metal (IST, Portugal) concentrations.

One of the outputs of MONITOOL is to promote the future application of the approach used in this project to other emerging priority pollutants. Therefore, UNICA complements MONITOOL project with the high-frequency monitoring of several stations in the harbour of Cagliari. Accordingly, this Italian MONITOOL partner is concurrently deploying DGTs and other two types of passive samplers to measure a wide range of organic contaminants (i.e. pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, PAHs, PCBs).

The dissemination of the results will be ensured by the attendance to conferences, meetings with groups interested in the contamination of aquatic systems (e.g. stakeholders, universities, research centers, economic and social agents), participation in specific working groups and publication of scientific papers.