Applied Radioecological Tracers to Assess Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Health

Open for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

K41019

CRP

2210

Approved Date

21 June 2018

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

26 July 2019

Expected End Date

31 December 2023

Participating Countries

Australia
Brazil
Cuba
France
Germany
Kuwait
Mexico
Türkiye
United States of America

Description

Sustainable management of coastal and marine resources requires extensive comprehension of the current health of these ecosystems as well as capacity for anticipating and predicting future impacts due to changing climate conditions and anthropogenic stressors. Radioecological tracers are invaluable for assessing many aspects of the marine environment, particularly with regards to external perturbations. However, to maintain relevancy and efficiency it is necessary to develop new and further refine existing radiotracers so that these techniques continue to best serve Member States in evaluating coastal and marine ecosystems. Through this CRP, the IAEA will support the development, refinement, and application of radioecological tracers to assist Member States in appraising their coastal and marine resources under both current and future environmental regimes.

Objectives

To develop, refine, and apply radiotracer techniques specific for assessing the state of coastal and marine ecosystems, so that Member States may better evaluate these resources in the face of external perturbations and changing climate conditions.

Specific objectives

The primary goal of this CRP is the development, refinement, and application of nuclear techniques to assess coastal and marine ecosystems and their biota, particularly with respect to societally relevant challenges from anthropogenic- and climate change-impacts, such as deoxygenation, HABs, pollution, ocean acidification, and marine plastics. More specifically, relevant nuclear techniques targeted in this CRP should be tailored approaches to respond to Member States’ needs and represent either a proxy of changing conditions in the environment or an ecological/biological response to these marine environmental stressors.

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