Nutrient budgets for European seas: A measure of the effectiveness of nutrient reduction policies

Artioli, Y; Friedrich, J; Gilbert, AJ; McQuatters-Gollop, A; Mee, LD; Vermaat, JE; Wulff, F; Humborg, C; Palmeri, L; Pollehne, F. 2008 Nutrient budgets for European seas: A measure of the effectiveness of nutrient reduction policies. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56 (9). 1609-1617.

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Abstract/Summary

Socio-economic development in Europe has exerted increasing pressure on the marine environment. Eutrophication, caused by nutrient enrichment, is evident in regions of all European seas. Its severity varies but has, in places, adversely impacted socio-economic activities. This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of recently adopted policies to reduce anthropogenic nutrient inputs to European seas. Nitrogen and phosphorus budgets were constructed for three different periods (prior to severe eutrophication, during severe eutrophication and contemporary) to capture changes in the relative importance of different nutrient sources in four European seas suffering from eutrophication (Baltic Proper, coastal North Sea, Northern Adriatic and North-Western Black Sea Shelf). Policy success is evident for point sources, notably for P in the Baltic and North Seas, but reduction of diffuse sources has been more problematic.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Additional Keywords: Eutrophication; Nutrient budgets; Black Sea; Adriatic Sea; Baltic Sea; North Sea
Depositing User: Miss Gemma Brice
Date made live: 26 Mar 2014 14:09
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 17:56
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/5646

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