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Title: Implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive: A methodological approach for the assessment of environmental status, from the Basque Country (Bay of Biscay)
Authors: Borja, Angel; Galparsoro, Ibon; Irigoien, Xabier; Iriondo, Ane; Muxika, Inigo; Pascual, Marta; Quincoces, Inaki; Revilla, Marta; Rodriguez, J. German; Santurtun, Marina; Uriarte, Ainhize; Valencia, Victoriano; Menchaca, Iratxe; Solaun, Oihana; Zorita, Izaskun
Citation: MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 2011, 62, 889-904
Abstract: The implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is directing European marine research towards the coordinated and integrated assessment of sea environmental status, following the ecosystem-based approach. The MSFD uses a set of 11 descriptors which, together, summarise the way in which the whole system functions. As such, the European Commission has proposed an extensive set of indicators, to assess environmental status. Hence, taking account of the large amount of data available for the Basque coast (southern Bay of Biscay), together with a recent proposal for assessment within the MSFD, an integrated environmental status assessment approach is developed (for the first time) in this contribution. The strengths and weaknesses of the method, combined with proposals from the MSFD, are discussed. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Environmental status; Methodological approach; Implementation; Quality assessment; HAKE MERLUCCIUS-MERLUCCIUS; ECOLOGICAL STATUS; NORTHERN SPAIN; CLIMATE-CHANGE; PHYSICOCHEMICAL STATUS; CONTINENTAL-SHELF; SOUTHEASTERN BAY; WATER; ECOSYSTEM; ESTUARINE
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Type: Editorial Material
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.03.031
URI: http://dspace.azti.es/handle/24689/671
ISSN: 0025-326X
E-ISSN: 1879-3363
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