ESR 12:


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Host institution: Spanish National Research Council – Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes

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Project title: Translating community change to ecosystem services provision
Objectives: Develop ecosystem service assessment endpoints in fluvial biofilms.
Validate experimental fluvial mesocosms for ERA based on multiple-scale responses to contaminants.
Select most sensitive functional and structural approaches best linked to ecosystem services.
Develop/validate multi-metric model predicting ecological damages affecting ecosystem services based on set of alterations.
Expected results: Multiple functional responses of natural “ecosystem” model, i.e. aquatic biofilms, including both autotrophs, heterotrophs in microbial food web, incl. general ecosystem processes and more specific responses, and nutrient cycling.
Impact of chemicals on biofilm community composition.
Greater understanding of chemical-induced effects on microbial communities (fluvial biofilms) structural and functional endpoints translates into specific ecosystem services loss (collaboration with ESR 11 and ESR 13).
Place: Blanes - Girona, Spain
Planned secondments: USFD, M18, 3 months, parallels in functioning and ecosystem services responses in soils and aquatic organisms
Consulteco, M30, 1 month – principles of EIA, linking results to socioeconomic analyses
Work package: 4 - Predicting effects on ecosystem services through AOPs
Supervisors: Helena Guasch, CSIC-CEAB
Anna Maria Romaní, UdG
Host institution: Spanish National Research Council – Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes
Enrolment: University of Girona