OBJECTIVES

  • Improve the current knowledge of the concentrations, profiles, fate, behaviour, and effects of CECs, in the different marine compartments and ecosystems through three case studies (the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea), and develop safety guidelines and protocols for future CECs monitoring in aquatic environments.
  • Provide an advanced understanding of possible interaction between CC and CECs in marine ecosystems via studies under controlled conditions in marine mesocosms.
  • Develop a database (DB), the CECsMarineDB, following FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability), with a database management system (DBMS) to collect the data generated in ONE-BLUE, and capitalise on data from other projects and existing DBs. A graphical user interface (GUI) will be developed and used for data exploration and demonstration of the fate and behaviour of CECs in a changing environment.
  • Provide new solutions in support of the implementation of relevant EU policies: (i) a series of new approach methodologies (NAMs) to improve the ecotoxicity assessment of CECs in marine ecosystems; (ii) a tier effect-based approach with effect-directed analysis (EDA) combining toxicological assessment and chemical analysis; (iii) an advanced ultrasonic system for sampling and enrichment of micro/nanoplastics from seawater; (iv) a remote autonomous sensor to assess CECs in marine waters in quasi-real-time; a decision support system (DSS) based on machine learning and deep learning strategies to assess and forecast the combined effects of CC and CECs in marine ecosystems.
  • Disseminate the project results and establish the exploitation plan for the developed technologies.