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European Catchments - Catchments changes and their impact on the coast

Acronym: EUROCAT
Period: February 2001 till January 2004
Status: Completed

Thesaurus term: River basin management
Geographical terms: ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Europe [Marine Regions]; Europe, Elbe R. [Marine Regions]; MED, Black Sea [Marine Regions]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

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  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research; Institute for Coastal Research, more, partner

EUROCAT will develop a quantifiable framework of analysis for improved planning and management of catchments by analysing the response of the coastal sea to changes in fluxes of nutrients and contaminants from the catchments. These changes in fluxes are caused by the implementation of regulations, management schemes and by socio-economic changes. In addition the rate of change is modified by the biogeochemical and physical properties of the catchment. To elucidate these various factors, six regional catchment studies will be carried out using a common framework of analysis (DPSIR) in different socio-economic settings and geographical conditions. To link the socio-economic drivers in the catchment to the coastal response, the concept of critical loads will be extended to the catchment-coast continuum.

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