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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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Sampling and sample processing and analysis WP5 protocols development

Sampling and sample processing and analysis WP5 protocols development

Operational variability can have a major impact on the data interpretation due to the different sampling and analytical methods used by all Partners as it can lead to incompatible results and resulting in the dataset being incomparable. In order minimise this issue, protocols (sampling and analysis) are required to enable all Partner to apply the same methods for field samples collection and for laboratory samples processing and analysis.

Prior to the first sampling campaign, sampling and analysis protocols (WP5, led by CEFAS) were subsequently drafted and compiled by CEFAS, these were subsequently reviewed by all Partners before being finalised.  The protocols included guidelines for sampling sites selection, DGT deployment, spot sampling frequency, in situ parameters, vials and containers type, material acid wash process etc. as well as analytical methodology for the determination of trace metals in DGTs and in seawater by ICP-MS and voltammetry.

All Partners followed the guidelines as closely as possible during the wet season sampling campaign that took place between January and March 2018.

Post sampling, it was recognised that certain areas of the protocols could be improved as it was difficult to apply all the recommendations due to sampling (im)practicality or weather conditions. Feedback and “lessons learnt” were therefore discussed at our second meeting in May, followed by collaborative suggestions reflecting the sampling practicality in order to remove any ambiguities and further improve the clarity of the protocols.

CEFAS is currently revising and updating those protocols for all Partners to review prior to the second and last sampling campaign which will take place between August and September.