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Thumbnail Interview with Professor Hao Zhang, Lancaster University, UK, and member of the MONITOOL scientific advisory board  Professor Hao Zhang, Lancaster University (UK), together with Bill Davison, are the parents of the DGTs, whose research was published in the high standing journal Nature, in 1994. After that, they founded the DGT Research Limited in Lancaster in 1997. Her vast knowledge and experience with DGTs and her high interest in collaborating on the project made her an essential member of...
Thumbnail Designing and development of an additional experiment performed by IFREMER at the laboratory Monitool results point out that, even in suspected highly contaminated sites (harbours, marinas, etc.), concentrations of metals (Cd, Ni and Pb) in marine water (dissolved fraction) are far below the AA-EQSmarine water. In an attempt to solve this and other matters, a new study appeared to be necessary. Therefore, Ifremer proposed to carry on an additional experiment to get more data in laboratory...
Thumbnail AZTI presents MONITOOL results at different scientific events during 2020 The work conducted and the knowledge gained along MONITOOL lifetime have been presented by AZTI at four different scientific events. One of them was attended face-to-face and the other three events took place virtually due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Thumbnail Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) carried out a wastewater sampling campaign following the MONITOOL standardized methods Detecting and monitoring the level of contaminants in water bodies is a key element of the Water Framework Directive, WFD (2000/60/EC). The Directive 2013/39/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 august 2013 includes some heavy metals as priority substances: Cd, Hg, Ni and Pb. Its transposition to Spanish regulation (Real Decreto 817/2015) also...
Thumbnail DCU Masters student, Martin Nolan, submits his MSc Thesis based on MONITOOL acquired knowledge Martin Nolan (Dublin City University, DCU) presented in May his MSc Thesis under the Title "Evaluation of Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films for Trace Metal Monitoring of Coastal and Transitional Waterways", supervised by Dr. Blánaid White and Prof. Fiona Regan, based on works carried out during MONITOOL Project. This work contains chapters rooted in different phases of MONITOOL Project, as monitoring...
Thumbnail Evaluation of the impact of biofouling on deployments of DGT Deployments of Diffusive Gradients in Thin Film (DGT) devices in environmental waters can be made challenging due to the impact of biofouling. Biofouling is the attachment and growth of undesirable organisms on a surface and can impact the effectiveness of the DGT device. When microbial species such as bacteria and diatoms grow on the surface, they produce a sugar- and protein- rich substance known as extracellular polymeric substances...
Thumbnail COVID-19 impact on MONITOOL project implementation As everybody knows, the spread of the infection by the COVID-19 has been severely affected our lives and, in consequence, also to our planned activities on MONITOOL project. All partner's institutions are closed and staff are working at home, except for very few people who carry out the critical authorized work. In this sense, it's time to well organize all the pending MONITOOL works. For example, a last experiment posed by IFREMER in order to...
Thumbnail MONITOOL Partners take part in the annual ICES expert’s meetings Every year the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) organises the meeting of experts from the North Sea and Atlantic regions to debate the most important and novel issues on the different fields of the Marine Environmental Sciences. For several years, some members of MONITOOL project have attended the ICES working group of experts on marine chemistry and on marine sediments in relation to pollution....
Thumbnail Technical conference on passive samplers and MONITOOL project takes place in the Basque Country Under the framework of MONITOL project, the last 12th  March AZTI hosted a technical conference on passive samplers with the aim of presenting the MONITOOL project and the use of the most commonly used passive sampling techniques to evaluate the contamination of the environment. Dr. Jean-Luis Gonzalez (IFREMER), Dr Iratxe Menchaca and Dr María Jesús Belzunce from AZTI explained to the attendees the...
Thumbnail Interview with Isabelle Amouroux, leader of MONITOOL Work Package 6 (EQS Adaptation and Chemical Status Assessment) Isabelle Amouroux works in the Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology Unit (Chemical Risk Analysis group) of Ifremer (Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer: French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) a French public organisation. She has many years of experience working on monitoring of marine water quality and chemical risk assessment. What is the...
Thumbnail MONITOOL partners share and assess the results in Nantes and proceed with the last steps of the project Ifremer has hosted the 5th progress meeting of MONITOOL Project, where all the partners shared the remarkable work done during the last months and showed their commitment for the next steps to be taken. The meeting of 11th and 12th  of February was held in IFREMER facilities (Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer)  in Nantes (France), and all the partners  were given the...
Thumbnail Interview with Maria J. Belzunce Ph.D., leader of MONITOOL Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies) Maria J. Belzunce Ph.D. leads the Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies) of the MONITOOL project. She works in the Marine Research Division of AZTI Foundation, located in the Basque Country - Spain. She has over 20 years experience working on trace metals and their effects in the marine environment. What is the aim of Work Package 4? The purpose of Work...
Thumbnail 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.  The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) was the partner...
Thumbnail UNICA (University of Cagliari) organized a conference the 20 June 2019 in Cagliari UNICA (University of Cagliari) organized a conference the 20 June 2019 in Cagliari, entitled “New approaches for the quality assessment of the marine environment in the context of European Directives”. The aim of this event was to present the objectives and first results of MONITOOL to a broad audience, composed of stakeholders, harbour authorities, university professors from different disciplines and experts in the...
Thumbnail MONITOOL Data Quality Assurance: a holistic view The significant number of Diffusive Gradient in Thin films (DGTs) passive samplers and spot samples collected during the Winter and Summer Seasons campaigns were transported during 2018 to designated MONITOOL partner laboratories for the analysis of a range of heavy metals, including lead, cadmium and nickel, which are regulated under the EU Water Framework Directive. IFREMER [1] was responsible for the analysis of DGTs, while the filtered spot...
Thumbnail DGT Conference 2019 will be the fifth international scientific event with MONITOOL presence in 2019 Until the end of August, MONITOOL participated in 4 scientific events presenting the project and its first results. On September will take place the 5th event, with the attendance to the DGT Conference 2019 in Vienna. 2019 is being a productive year. Project´s partners attended 4 different international events during the first half of this year for the dissemination of the knowledge acquired...
Thumbnail MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria The 4th general meeting have taken place in Gran Canaria with the presence of all MONITOOL partners. They have reviewed and discussed the results from sampling campaigns in all regions, and have agreed next steps under the project´s Scientific Advisory Board recommendations. During May 23rd and 24th, the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) hosted, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this 3rd MONITOOL progress meeting (4th...
Thumbnail Technical conferences present MONITOOL project and DGT passive sampling in the Canary Islands ITC has hosted two technical conferences with the aim of presenting the MONITOOL project and disseminating the use of the most commonly used passive sampling techniques to evaluate chemical status of waters. Vanessa Millán (ITC), Jean-Luis Gonzalez (IFREMER) and M. Jesús Belzunce (AZTI) explained to the attendees the main lines of the project, the advantages of passive sampling methods and how DGT...
Thumbnail Thi Bolam, who leads work package 5 (Field sampling and analysis) of the Interreg funded MONITOOL project, is a marine chemist with over 18-year experience working on trace metal and organotin levels in the marine environment and she is currently based at the Cefas Lowestoft laboratory.  What is the purpose of Work Package 5? Work Package 5 deals with the methods that are applied for field sample collection and for laboratory sample processing and analysis.  Partners employ the same processes...
Thumbnail ITC will organize 2 technical conferences in the days preceding the next partners´ meeting in Canary Islands Next partners´ meeting of MONITOOL Project will take place in Gran Canaria on May 2019 hosted by ITC. Additionally, the event is the opportunity to celebrate two technical conferences, one in each province, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. The aim of these two events is to present the MONITOOL project to the attendees, as well as to disseminate the use of most commonly used...
Thumbnail 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...
DCU analyses biofouling on MONITOOL DGTs
Thursday, 07 February 2019
Thumbnail DCU analyses biofouling on MONITOOL DGTs Passive sampling of contaminants in water bodies is based on the accumulation of target compounds in a membrane, resin or gel, through which water continually flows. The passive samplers used in Monitool  are diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT), and they are used to monitor metal concentrations in seawaters along the Atlantic coast. Many of the metals we are analysing in Monitool are present in seawaters in very low concentrations. However, DGTs can...
Thumbnail Organisation of the interlaboratory DGT exercise by IFREMER, October 2018 In the framework of the MONITOOL project, work package 5, it was decided to set up an intercomparison exercise on the treatment and analysis of DGTs after exposure. The general objective of the exercise is to assess the potential function and the efficiency of DGTs for trace metals monitoring in surface and coastal waters in the context of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). More specifically, the main technical and...
Thumbnail 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...
Thumbnail Interview with Dr. Blánaid White, coordinator of Interreg founded MONITOOL Dr. Blánaid White, who coordinates Interreg funded MONITOOL project,  is an Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry and  currently Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at Faculty of Science and Health in the School of Chemical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research,  Dublin City University Water Institute. -        What is the MONITOOL project? The MONITOOL project is an exciting multi-million euro European water...
Thumbnail MONITOOL partners discuss project´s first results in AZTI, San Sebastián 3rd MONITOOL Partners meeting, celebrated in San Sebastián last week, gave the participants the opportunity to discuss in depth the wet season sampling campaign results.  San Sebastián, Spain, hosted the third meeting between MONITOOL project partners. During this two-day event, 9 -10 October 2018, the participants talked about the first metal results of the wet-season sampling campaign. Associated partners were also present,...
Thumbnail AZTI hosts 3rd MONITOOL meeting in San Sebastian The third meeting between partners of the MONITOOL Project will be held in San Sebastian on October 9th and 10th. The conference will be the opportunity  to share the first results of the wet season sampling campaigns. San Sebastian, in Spain, is the next place where the MONITOOL partners will share the latest results of the project. First results from the DGTs deployed last winter are already available, and also the dry season campaigns finished...
DGT extraction and metal analysis by IFREMER
Thursday, 06 September 2018
Thumbnail DGT extraction and metal analysis by IFREMER The DGT technique is used to extract and concentrate metal cations in situ. Their use has shown that this approach is applicable for many metallic elements (Ag, Al, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn). Photo: DGT resine recovery – april 2018 DGT are very simple devices to implement. They irreversibly accumulate (on a Chelex 100 resin) the most "labile" dissolved metal cations (hydrated ions, mineral complexes, small organic complexes) depending on...
Thumbnail Determination of lead and cadmium labile fraction  by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry and total dissolved Nickel Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry by IST (Lisbon, Portugal) MONITOOL has as main target to adapt suitable Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs) for priority and specific metals to allow the use of Diffusive Gradient Thin films (DGTs) for water monitoring. DGTs are a type of passive sampling devices (PSDs) that measure the concentration of labile species present in aquatic media, better...
Thumbnail Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report which gives an updated health check over European surface and groundwater bodies, showing the good general status of waters on the continent and the big challenges remain. Implementation of European water legislation has ensured this improvement, “but much more needs to be done”. Only 40% of monitored lakes, rivers,...
Thumbnail MONITOOL project analyses its winter samples and obtains their first results MONITOOL Project has finished its first sampling campaign, carried out between January and March 2018, along the whole European Atlantic Area and represented by more than 30 sampling locations, both coastal and transitional. The campaign has consisted of deployments of DGT devices, alongside spot sampling and physicochemical parameter measurement by all partners (following the same protocols). Currently, the...
Thumbnail ITC has carried out an additional MONITOOL sampling campaign Due to lack of DGT based metal information in the Canary Islands, ITC (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias) has carried out an additional sampling, during June 18th-22th, that will allow a better comparison and interpretation of MONITOOL results in this area. During this campaign, two sampling locations have been selected at Gran Canaria Island, both in the Puerto de La Luz y de Las Palmas: Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria marina and...
Thumbnail 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...
Thumbnail 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...
Thumbnail Implementation of seaFAST equipment at IPMA for the analysis of total metal concentrations in MONITOOL water samples The MONITOOL project aims to monitor existing metal contaminants in the coastal and estuarine waters of the partners involved. This aim is important for the monitoring the chemical status of these waters. The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) is responsible for the task involving the determination of trace metals in the water. To achieve this goal an ongoing...
Thumbnail MONITOOL Project has participated in IPSW 2018, an internationally recognized platform of passive sampling methods experts, with several actions. All project partners were present at this even in Dublin which has coincided with second general meeting of the project. A MONITOOL satellite workshop was organised by partners. During the event were presented previous case studies and practical considerations for DG, exploring the potential role of DGTs in a regulatory and legislative context. In...
Thumbnail The second partners meeting of MONITOOL took place in Dublin the 9th of May, where results of the recent sampling campaigns (carried out between January and March of present year) have been discussed. This meeting took place coinciding with the 10th International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW 2018), also held at Dublin City University between 9th and 11th May 2018. During the meeting, partners presented the progress achieved in the different project´s work packages, as well as...
Thumbnail MONITOOL Project is already present in the coasts of the Canary Islands. ITC (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias) has started the DGT deployment in 4 locations of Gran Canaria island. This action is within the Wet Sampling Campaigns period, which is expected to finish at the end of March. The study areas in Gran Canaria have been: Puerto de la Luz y de Las Palmas, Jinámar, Taliarte and Gando. In these locations, the research has been possible due to the collaboration of Real Club Náutico de Gran...
Thumbnail MONITOOL Project starts its first sampling campaigns to obtain water chemical status information along the whole European Atlantic Area, from the Scottish Highlands and Islands to Canary Islands. It will take place between January and March of current year.  In these campaigns, passive sampling devices (DGTs type: Diffusive Gradient in Thin films) and spot water samples are both used. The aim is to obtain a robust database to adapt existing Environmental Quality Standards (EQS; 0.45...
Thumbnail   MONITOOL has been one of the projects presented during the workshop taken place on Dublin last November between Dublin City University (DCU) and University of South Australia (UniSA). Both universities, which have recently signed a research collaboration agreement, have shared information about their projects related with sensors and the different ways of chemical status monitoring on different places and material status. Dr. Blánaid White, whose research group is developing several projects...
MONITOOL Kick-off meeting (September 2017)
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Thumbnail MONITOOL Kick-off meeting (14th- 15th September 2017) The project kick-off meeting of the European MONITOOL initiative has taken place on 14 and 15 September in Dublin, bringing together all institutions involved, both partners and associated partners. During the meeting, after an overview of MONITOOL structure and objectives as well as project management and financial aspects, all project Work packages were presented by corresponding leaders after which discussions concerning the more...
Thumbnail MONITOOL PROJECT in the International DGT Conference 2017 (6th- 8th September 2017, Gold Coast, Australia) M.J. Belzunce-Segarra (Fundación AZTI) presented the study untitled "Comparison of spot and passive sampling (DGTs) for regulatory monitoring of metal concentrations in estuaries: An example in Oiartzun estuary (Northern Spain)" in the International DGT Conference 2017, organized by Griffith University, was celebrated in Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia from 6 - 8 September 2017. The aims of...