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About the Project

An integrated approach for the reconstruction of sediment contaminant history



PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-1772 nr. 261/01.10.2015



             The central Research and Innovation Objective is to develop an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to test the hypothesis that lacustrine sediments (i) hold an historical record of human influence on the surrounding natural ecosystems that (ii) can be used to contextualise the impact of pollution mitigation strategies over the past centuries and inform contemporary management decisions. The proposed project focuses on two areas of special ecological interest, namely Snagov Lake and Balta Mică a Brailei Natural Park. Snagov Lake, protected area of national interest Natura2000, is situated on the Ialomiței River Basin, between Bucharest industrial region and the oldest Romanian oil refineries from Ploiești. Balta Mică a Brăilei Natural Park is a protected wetland of international importance, situated in the inferior course of the Danube, in the SE part of Romania. Pollutant sources in the area are mainly represented by the atmospheric contaminants from Brăila and Galați industrial cities and by the contaminant inputs from Danube. This hypothesis will be verified by comparing the wetland sediment quality with a lacustrine area (Strachina Lake) situated in the proximity of the natural park, without being directly connected to a river system. In this context, the study of undisturbed sediment cores offers great potential to reconstruct the history of heavy metal and hydrocarbons contamination in lacustrine and wetland systems from SE Romania.