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Smart tools and technologies to assess the environmental fate and risks of contaminants under climate change

CICLICThe CICLIC project proposes an innovative toolbox to monitor the environmental fate of contaminants and to assess theirs risks for human health and for ecosystems in a scenario of climate change.

This toolbox will be developed and tested on highly biodiverse areas, in the boundary between terrestrial and marine ecosystems (i.e., wetlands), and will include aspects regarding massive data analysis, novel contaminant monitoring and analytical techniques, wastewater reuse and analysis, metabolomics, environmental and ecological modelling, ecotoxicological tools, and ecosystem vulnerability and resilience analysis.

This project, coordinated by the Desertification Research Centre –CIDE–, has a strong multidisciplinary nature, and offers marked synergies across several scientific disciplines, including natural resource management, environmental forensics, toxicology, risk assessment, applied chemistry, metabolomics and ecology among others.

CICLIC is formed by three subprojects:

  • WETANPACK is coordinated by CIDE. It focuses on the development of smart  technologies environmental monitoring (satellite analysis and drones), massive data collection and analysis (using GIS), and improved contaminant monitoring techniques (passive samplers) for the identification of vulnerable landscape units
  • TRAPPER is coordinated by IDAEA-CSIC. It focuses on evaluating the problem of wastewater and sludge reuse in agriculture in the context of climate change, and will assess contaminant’s uptake in plants and other biota
  • ECOREST is coordinated by the Ecotoxicology group of the IMDEA Water Institute and studies the effects of emerging contaminants under the umbrella of climate change on coastal freshwater ecosystems. It will contribute to the development of chemical fate and ecological effect models, testing in-situ tools for the monitoring of ecotoxicological effects, and the creation of a framework to understand the impact of climate change and chemical stress on aquatic ecosystems

More information on the CICLIC website, which has been recently launched.

CICLIC project and all its subprojects, including ECOREST (Ref. RTI2018-097158-A-C32), are funded by Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MCIU), to the State Research Agency (AEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).