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North West European Shelf Program

Dutch title: NOWESP project in het kader van het Europees programma Zeewetenschappen
Reference no: P103/3E931080
Acronym: NOWESP
Period: August 1993 till December 1996
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Carbon; Coastal waters; Computer models; Heavy metals; Nutrients (mineral); Particulate flux; Pollutants
Geographical term: ANE, Europe, European Continental Shelf [Marine Regions]

Institutes (2)  Top 
  • KU Leuven; Departement Burgerlijke Bouwkunde; Afdeling Hydraulica, more
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Departement Beheer van het Mariene Ecosysteem; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium; Brussel (KBIN-BMM), more

The North-West European shelf is one of the world's largest and its waters belong to the best studied areas of this kind. The area represents an important transit region for dissolved and particulate matter stemming from major European rivers.
Extended research cruises, combined with a number of numerical models, have produced a high level of knowledge. The combined data sets of this area provide one of the most detailed sets of observations ever undertaken in any shelf sea. However due to the large scale and the strong variability of the phenomena involved, present knowledge still has a fragmentary character. No insight exists into the long term evolution of the shelf system and no reliable estimates are available regarding the net retention or release of matter.
The aim is to collect all available experimental and simulation data on the North West European Continenal Shelf and use them to compute fluxes of all kind of constituants (pollutants, heavy metals, carbon...).

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