Title: Towards a LOICZ Biogeochemical Budget for the Mediterranean Sea - Initial Steps
Citation: Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone: INPRINT no. 2 p. 3-6
Publisher: The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone International Project Office
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47808
ISSN: 2070-2442
URI: http://www.loicz.org
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Although making up about 1% of the total world ocean surface, the Mediterranean Sea is often used as a representative model of the world's oceans. Due to its practically enclosed character, it is also often used to assess the global change of the environment. Anthropogenic activities have contributed significantly to the existing nutrient enrichment and consequent eutrophication problems in the Mediterranean Sea. At the present, however, mainly due to the favourable circumstances regarding the hydrology, morphology as well as absence of significant upwelling of the Mediterranean basin as a whole, severe eutrophication cases are limited to specific coastal areas (UNEP 2003). To obtain a detailed knowledge of biogeochemical processes taking place in the Mediterranean Sea, a budget approach was adopted, as proposed by LOICZ. As part of the input to the LOICZ budget, the nutrient loads from contouring land need to be estimated. In fact, an evaluation of the nutrient loads from the adjacent land surfaces lends itself to be used to interpret past, existing and future legislation using scenario analyses, reflecting different expected or known events. The sequence of budgets follows four steps: water budget, salt budgets, nonconservative materials and stoichiometric linkages among non-conservative budgets.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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