Europe’s coastlines are exposed to risk of pollution. I-MARQ’s prototype Geographical Information System (GIS) delivers detailed information on coastal water quality, helping decision makers shore up defences by taking appropriate action against contamination.
A recent Communication from the European Commission highlights some of the issues the IST-funded i-MARQ project aims to solve: “Our coastal zones are facing serious problems of habitat destruction, water contamination, coastal erosion and resource depletion,” states the European Commission’s report on ‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management: a Strategy for Europe’. “Given the coast’s critical value and its potential, these problems must be solved. And, as many of the problems of the coastal zone have a European dimension, the response must include action at the European level,” it continues.
This is where I-MARQ steps in.
Tara Morris | alfa
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