A MSFD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: The PERSEUS experience

TitleA MSFD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: The PERSEUS experience
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCrise, A., Kaberi H., Ruiz J., Zatsepin A., Arashkevich E., Giani M., Karageorgis A.P., Prieto L., Pantazi M., Gonzalez-Fernandez D., et al.
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume95
Pagination28-39
ISSN0025326X
Keywordsarticle, Biodiversity, coastal zone management, Coastal zones, comparative study, Conservation of Natural Resources, Ecology, ecosystem, environmental assessment, Environmental impact, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, Environmental monitoring, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental protection, Europe, food web, Good environmental status, identification method, Initial assessment, marine ecosystem, marine environment, Marine strategy framework directives, medical research, meta-analysis, methodology, noise pollution, Oceans and Seas, PERSEUS project, pressure, procedures, sea, seashore, Southern Europe, Southern European Seas, Water pollution
Abstract

PERSEUS project aims to identify the most relevant pressures exerted on the ecosystems of the Southern European Seas (SES), highlighting knowledge and data gaps that endanger the achievement of SES Good Environmental Status (GES) as mandated by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). A complementary approach has been adopted, by a meta-analysis of existing literature on pressure/impact/knowledge gaps summarized in tables related to the MSFD descriptors, discriminating open waters from coastal areas. A comparative assessment of the Initial Assessments (IAs) for five SES countries has been also independently performed. The comparison between meta-analysis results and IAs shows similarities for coastal areas only. Major knowledge gaps have been detected for the biodiversity, marine food web, marine litter and underwater noise descriptors. The meta-analysis also allowed the identification of additional research themes targeting research topics that are requested to the achievement of GES. © 2015 The Authors.

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DOI10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.03.024