ADIOS is a focussed pan-European study of the atmospheric deposition and impact of pollutants, key elements and nutrients on the Mediterranean open sea. The extent to which atmosphere represents an important pathway for various pollutants and natural substances from Europe and North Africa towards this ecologically sensitive marine environment, and subsequently affects its biogeochemistry remains largely unknown. The magnitude and quality of atmospheric deposition will be assessed by an atmospheric sampling network encompassing the whole basin, as well as by the extensive use of Sea WIFS data and dust transport-deposition modelling. Biogeochemical processes, levels and eco-toxicological effects induced by natural and anthropogenic aerosols will be examined, from surface down to the deep sediments, in two central sites of the Eastern and Western basins, using oceanographic surveys, moored instrumentation and 3D ecohydro-dynamical modelling.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/01 → 31/12/03|
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