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Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

AQUAFIRE: Integrated assessment of wildfires impacts to aquatic ecosystems and human health

Nome do projeto: AQUAFIRE: Integrated assessment of wildfires impacts to aquatic ecosystems and human health

Funding Program: Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização 

Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028936

Funding (CBMA): 35.000€ 

PI at UMINHO: Cláudia Pascoal

PI at CESAM: Nelson Abrantes

Start: 1 May 2018  End: 30 April 2021

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Abstract (máx. 2000 characters with spaces)

Wildfires are considered an important source of diffuse pollution to aquatic systems, namely through the input of concerning contaminants, such as metals and PAHs. Despite their environmental impact on water quality, there is a lack of fundamental understanding how wildfires induced changes on aquatic ecosystems and the derived risks for human health. Hence, using an integrated approach that includes chemical, ecological and ecotoxicological evidences, AQUAFIRE will addresses this urgent need by providing new scientific knowledge with the ultimate goal of estimating the risks posed by wildfires to aquatic ecosystems and human health. Furthermore, this project also aims to develop an assessment protocol based on key-indicators for a rapid and reliable assessment of the potential risks associated to the transport of PAHs and metals from burnt areas into downstream surface water bodies, which constitute a valuable and expected tool for authorities.

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Funding Agency: FCT, PORTUGAL 2020                                              

Funding  

Total: 239.998€ 

Partners: 

CESAM – UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO

CBMA – UNIVERSITY OF MINHO

 
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