Tarragona, 6-8 February 2008
Riverpol Scientific Committee Invited speakers Venue and dates Accommodation
Technical Secretariat Registration form Abstract Scientific Programme

Rivers have traditionally been used as water resources for human consumption and irrigation as well as dynamic media for dumping urban, agricultural and industrial wastes. These activities have often involved substantial deterioration of water quality, have threatened wild life and have endangered fluvial habitats. These effects are exacerbated in areas receiving strong industrial waste loadings. Despite the European efforts for pollution abatement in fluvial ecosystems there are still many cases of major chronic industrial spills involving harmful impacts in waters and ecosystems.

The present workshop is aimed to address the effects of industrial pollution in river ecosystems from a multidisciplinary perspective. Contributions related to the study of the impacts of organochlorine compounds, metals and radionuclides in fluvial ecosystems are welcome. These presentations should consider subjects such as dynamics of pollutants in water, effects on wildlife, impairment of water quality, impact on agriculture and related topics. Integrated discussion of the reported research will be addressed to increase the understanding of the overall implications of river pollution. A substantial part of the presentations will be related to studies on the Ebro River and the effects of the high burden of industrial pollutants accumulated in the water reservoir of Flix.


Main themes:
hydrodynamics and pollutant transport
storage in sediments
food web bioaccumulation
transport to the marine environment
atmospheric transport
water quality
organochlorine compounds
heavy metals
impacts on fish and invertebrates
impacts on shellfish
impacts on aquatic birds
impacts on agriculture
risk assessment
human hazards