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Volume 11, issue 6 | Copyright

Special issue: Operational oceanography in Europe 2014 in support of blue...

Ocean Sci., 11, 897-908, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-897-2015
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Review article 18 Nov 2015

Review article | 18 Nov 2015

The RADMED monitoring programme as a tool for MSFD implementation: towards an ecosystem-based approach

J. L. López-Jurado1, R. Balbín1, F. Alemany1, B. Amengual1, A. Aparicio-González1, M. L. Fernández de Puelles1, M. C. García-Martínez2, M. Gazá1, J. Jansá1, A. Morillas-Kieffer1, F. Moyá2, R. Santiago1, M. Serra1, and M. Vargas-Yáñez2 J. L. López-Jurado et al.
  • 1Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares, IEO, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • 2Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Málaga, Fuengirola, Spain

Abstract. In the western Mediterranean Sea, the RADMED monitoring programme is already conducting several of the evaluations required under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFSD) along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The different aspects of the ecosystem that are regularly sampled under this monitoring programme are the physical environment and the chemical and biological variables of the water column, together with the planktonic communities, biomass and structure. Moreover, determinations of some anthropogenic stressors on the marine environment, such as contaminants and microplastics, are under development.

Data are managed and stored at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) Data Centre that works under the SeaDataNet infrastructure, and are also stored in the IBAMar database. In combination with remote sensing data, they are used to address open questions on the ecosystems in the western Mediterranean Sea.

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The IEO-RADMED monitoring program is already conducting many of the evaluations required under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFSD) along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The different aspects of the ecosystem that are regularly sampled under this monitoring program are the physical environment and the chemical and biological variables of the water column, together with the planktonic communities, biomass and structure.
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