MOCo Sea Pass

MOCo Sea Pass: Monitoring of Organic Contaminants in the water of the Southern Europe with Passive Sampling

User group PI: Ioanna Kalantzi, Institute of Oceanography, HCMR, Greece

Hosting infrastructures: IO-BAS Port Operational Marine Observing System – st. Balchik, Bulgaria; CNR-ISMAR Meteoceanographic site S1-GB, Italy

Main Objectives

Organic contaminants, in particular persistent organic pollutants (POPs), adversely affect water quality and aquatic food webs across the globe. To date, there is no globally consistent information available on concentrations of dissolved POPs in water bodies. The advance of passive sampling techniques has made it possible to establish a global monitoring program for these compounds in the waters of the world, which we call the Aquatic Global Passive Sampling (AQUA-GAPS) network. The main objective/ goal of the proposed project is the use of state of the art passive sampling devices for monitoring and study the process (air sea exchange) govern the fate of POPs in marine boundary layer. This technique will contribute to reach the aims of AQUA-GAPS including the investigation of the global distribution of POPs without discrepancies caused by individual or local approaches. Through the proposed project this objective will be implemented in the water of Southern Europe including the following:

  1. Evaluation of the present state of POPs pollution in the water of the Southern European coastal areas
  2. Investigation of different sites with different sources of anthropogenic inputs and different environmental characteristics (e.g. depth, salinity, currents etc).
  3. Study of the air-sea exchange of organic contaminants.

Project Report:  MOCo SEa Pass Report Final (784.8 KiB)