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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.
Interview with Dr. Blánaid White, coordinator of Interreg founded MONITOOL project
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IPMA complete metal analysis in seawater samples

IPMA complete metal analysis in seawater samples

The MONITOOL project aims to establish technical/scientific conditions to monitor existing metal contaminants in the coastal and estuarine waters using passive sampler devices. This objective is particularly important for monitoring the chemical state of these waters to further application to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. 

Nuno at IPMAThe Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) was the partner responsible for the task involving the determination of the total concentration of trace metals in water using a seaFAST sampling system coupled with an ICP-MS (Perkin-Elmer NexION 2000C).

Up to 400 estuarine/seawater samples were collected and analysed. Total dissolved concentrations of Cd, Pb, Ni, Co, Cu, Mn and Zn were determined in coastal and estuarine waters from several areas of France, Ireland, Italy (Sardinia), Portugal, Spain (Basque country and Canary Islands), Scotland and United Kingdom.

Based on the obtained results, metal levels varied within wide ranges evidencing conditions from pristine to anthropogenic metal contamination. For metals regulated by the WFD (Cd, Pb and Ni) by the EQS (Environmental Quality Standards), the higher concentrations were found in estuarine waters even surpassing the regulatory values. This pattern was also found for the other analysed elements although some high values are related with natural processes. Are example Mn and Co which are related with freshwater input and early diagenetic processes.

An exercise was performed among all partners to evaluate contamination during the sampling procedure. Adequate sampling conditions were found for Cd, Ni, Co, Cu and Mn, while for Pb and Cd and additional cleaning step is needed.