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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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Database Management and correlation studies. First promising results.

Database Management and correlation studies. First promising results.

The general objective of the Work Package 4 is to develop a database that allows the compilation and interchange of all information generated during the study. This includes the simultaneously determination of metals in seawater by ‘classical’ procedures (i.e., by spot sampling) and by Diffusive Gradient in Thin films (DGTs). This database is focused on transitional and coastal water locations from the whole Atlantic Region and some areas of the Mediterranean.

For this database two main sources of data are being taken into account:

(i) results from research done previous to Monitool project (published and unpublished data) 

(ii) results from Monitool project.

Regarding with the first (i), it has been concluded that there are very few references that include “raw” data of both methodologies (i.e., spot sampling and DGTs) that can be useful for building a database. In relation to the results obtained in the framework of the MONITOOL project, most of the winter campaign data (carried out in winter 2018) are currently included, covering both, transitional and coastal zones.

The Work Package 4 also includes the statistical analyses that allow determining the relationships between both methodologies and the influence of the environmental characteristics in these relationships. This will be done when the database is completed with the results of the summer campaign (carried out in summer 2018). However, preliminary exploratory analyses have been conducted with winter season data and promising relationships have been found between the two methods in some analysed metals (Cd, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn). This would not be possible without the close collaboration of all Partners to obtain information from the different geographical areas.


Preliminary relationships between spot and DGT sampling 

 Preliminary relationships between metals by spot and DGT water sampling