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DCU Masters student, Martin Nolan, submits his MSc Thesis based on MONITOOL acquired knowledge
Evaluation of the impact of biofouling on deployments of DGT
COVID-19 impact on MONITOOL project implementation
MONITOOL Partners take part in the annual ICES expert’s meetings
Technical conference on passive samplers and MONITOOL project takes place in the Basque Country
Interview with Isabelle Amouroux, leader of MONITOOL Work Package 6 (EQS Adaptation and Chemical Status Assessment)
MONITOOL partners share and assess the results in Nantes and proceed with the last steps of the project
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.
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UNICA promotes the application of the MONITOOL approach for other organic compounds

UNICA promotes the application of the MONITOOL approach for other organic compounds

Currently, regulatory chemical monitoring, to comply with the requirements of European Directives (i.e. the Water Framework Directive (WFD)), relies on the collection of spot water samples and the comparison of contaminant concentrations with the existing Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs). However, this approach presents several limitations.

Thus, passive samplers have been suggested as an alternative to spot sampling for obtaining high quality data in dynamic systems. However, the main factor hindering the use of passive samplers for regulatory monitoring is the lack of specific EQSs that could be used for the environmental assessment of water bodies.

Hence, the main aim of the MONITOOL project is to adapt existing dissolved metal-EQSs for passive samplers (i.e. Diffusive Gradients in Thin-films (DGTs). In this sense, the University of Cagliari (UNICA) has carried out two sampling campaigns, in winter and summer, at four stations in the Harbour of Cagliari. This consisted in the deployment of DGT passive samplers for 5 days and the simultaneous collection of spot water samples during this period.  The data gathered in these campaigns, together with that obtained by the other Partners, will be used for obtaining DGT-EQSs.

Additionally, one of the future outputs of MONITOOL is to promote the future application of the approach used in this project to other organic compounds. Thus, UNICA complements MONITOOL project with the high-frequency monitoring of the Harbour of Cagliari by means of SR (Silicon Rubber) and POCIS (Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler) passive samplers, for the measurement of legacy organic pollutants (PAHs, PCBs, PBDEs, pesticides) and emerging substances (steroid hormones, pharmaceuticals, UV-filters, fragrances). The MONITOOL project will ultimately capitalize from these findings.

Due to the privileged position of UNICA in the Mediterranean, they will actively pursue the dissemination of the MONITOOL project outputs beyond the Atlantic Region. Besides, their expertise in the field of passive samplers for organic contaminants will encourage, in the framework of future projects, the adaptation of existing EQSs for these compounds.