MSFD Expert Network on Contaminants:
The MCC provides a link between science and policy by bridging marine scientific community expertise and the MSFD implementation strategy. A dedicated expert network on Contaminants operates in partnership to deliver scientific and technical support for the MSFD implementation of Descriptor 8.
A close collaboration exists also with a number of partners from Regional Seas Conventions (RSC) and other international organisations:
FP7 Projects related to D8:
Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems, to meet EU policies requirements
Biosensors, Reporters and Algal Autonomous Vessels for Ocean Operation
Development of a biosensor technology for environmental monitoring and disease prevention in aquaculture ensuring food safety
Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills
MARINE environmental in-situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX
Policy-orientated marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas
Real time monitoring of SEA contaminants by an autonomous Lab-on-a-chip biosensor
Sensing toxicants in Marine waters makes Sense using biosensors
Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception
Other Projects:
Biomonitoring of anthropogenic pollutants in coastal areas
Operationalization of HELCOM CORE Indicators (HELCOM CORESET II)
Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea Basin: Monitoring and Information Systems for Reducing Oil Pollution
Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea
Biological Effects of Anthropogenic Chemical Stress: Tools for the Assessment of Ecosystem Health
Integration of pollutant gene responses and fish ecology in Baltic coastal fisheries and management
European Ocean Observatory Network
Harmonised River Basins Strategies North Sea
Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas
Integrated assessment of Contaminant impacts on the North Sea
Cause-effect relationships of key pollutants on the European rivers biodiversity
Models for Assessing and Forecasting the Impact of Environmental Key Pollutants on Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Evaluation of Coastal Water Contamination Using Biointegrators
Marine Ecosystems' Response in the Mediterranean Experiment
Network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances
Relationships between ecological and chemical status of surface waters
Thresholds of Environmental Sustainability
Risks of Maritime Transportation of Chemicals in Baltic Sea
Platform for improving maritime coastal pollution preparedness and response in Atlantic regions
Implementation of risk assessment methodologies for oil and chemical spills in the European marine environment
Managing Impacts of Deep-sea resource exploitation
Modeling of Environmental Risks related to sea-dumped Chemical Weapons
Chemical Munitions, Search and Assessment
Ricerca Italiana per il Mare
Mediterranean Decision Support System for Marine Safety
Biological effects of environmental pollution in marine coastal ecosystems
Biological effects quality assurance in monitoring programmes
Quality assurance of sampling and sample handling for marine environmental monitoring
Enhancing Research and Development Projects to find Solutions to Struggle against various Marine Pollutions
Marine microplastics toxicity: investigating microplastics and their co-contaminants in marine organisms
SOLUTIONS for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management
HELCOM Second Holistic Assessment of the Ecosystem Health of the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea project to boost regional coherence of marine strategies through improved data flow, assessments, and knowledge base for development of measures
Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment
A number of publications are available for D8 implementation, including the following:
JRC publications:
Other publications:
Beyer et al. (2014). Environmental risk assessment of combined effects in aquatic ecotoxicology: A discussion paper, Marine Environmental Research, Volume 96, Pages 81-91.
Brack et al. (2015). The SOLUTIONS project: Challenges and responses for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management, Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 503–504, Pages 22-31.
Capela et al. (2016). The use of biomarkers as integrative tools for transitional water bodies monitoring in the Water Framework Directive context – A holistic approach in Minho river transitional waters, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 539, Pages 85-96.
Dallas and Jha (2015). Applications of biological tools or biomarkers in aquatic biota: A case study of the Tamar estuary, South West England, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 95, Issue 2, Pages 618-633.
Gago et al. (2014). The link between Descriptors 8 and 9 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: lessons learnt in Spain, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Volume 21, Issue 23 , Pages 13664-13671.
Justino et al. (2015). Sensors and biosensors for monitoring marine contaminants, Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Volumes 6–7, Pages 21-30.
Lyons et al. (2015). Determining Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: case study for Descriptor 8 (chemical contaminants), Marine Environmental Research, Available online 20 December 2015.
Lyons et al. (2010). Using biological effects tools to define Good Environmental Status under the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 60, Issue 10, Pages 1647-1651.
Tornero and Ribera d'Alcalà (2014). Contamination by hazardous substances in the Gulf of Naples and nearby coastal areas: A review of sources, environmental levels and potential impacts in the MSFD perspective, Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 466–467, Pages 820-840.
Udovyk and Gilek (2014). Participation and post-normal science in practice? Reality check for hazardous chemicals management in the European marine environment, Futures, Volume 63, Pages 15-25.
Vethaak et al. (2015). Integrated indicator framework and methodology for monitoring and assessment of hazardous substances and their effects in the marine environment, Marine Environmental Research, Available online 2 October 2015.