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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.


A Review of Emerging Contaminants of Concern in Waters:

Sources, Impacts, Risks and Monitoring of Water-Related 'Known-Unknowns'

This project, conducted by a team at Heriot-Watt University, will concentrate on micro-plastics and nanomaterials, with staff at the James Hutton Institute addressing hazardous contaminants and microbial pathogens. The project is funded by CREW; the Centre for Expertise for Water.

The main objective of this work will be to conduct a review of existing knowledge in this area of emerging contaminants, focussing on water-related 'known-unknowns', in order to provide a synthesis of data for risk characterisation and assessment, which will provide direct aid to regulatory decisions and help to prioritise measures to control emerging contaminants. This process is specifically focused on interactions and synergies between emerging contaminants, and between these and any other relevant contaminants.

Given CREW's remit in the area of water research and direct links to the regulatory process, this work is addressing knowledge, scientific evidence and gaps, in order to support Scottish policy development on the Water Framework Directive and river basin management planning required under the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003, and surface water management under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

CMBB team

Dr Mark Hartl

Prof. Teresa Fernandes

Dr Tony Gutierrez

Dr Eva Gubbins