Identified priorities for Black Sea/Danube/Balkans after June 2018 Sofia workshop

A workshop was held in Costanza in September 2016 which was followed up by a pathfinder study to test and validate the overall approach of a Regional Initiative. A follow up meeting was held in Sofia in June 2018.

The following priorities have been agreed by the various communities and organizations active in the region:

  • Observation gaps:
    • Black sea marine measurements (CHL, coastal altimetry, salinity, waves)
    • Aerosol concentration
  • Processes:
    • Physical and biogeochemical processes controlling Black Sea ecosystem state
    • Drivers of horizontal and vertical mixing in Black Sea and exchange between shelf and deep basin
    • Coastal circulation and nutrient fluxes in Black Sea
    • Deoxygenation in the Black Sea
    • Onset of water stress and drought in Danube basin
    • Danube ecosystem response to climate change
  • Pressures/Drivers
    • Global climate changes and related consequences for river-delta-sea macrosystems
    • Effects of increasing human activities on river-delta-sea macrosystems
    • Changes in Societal Demand on river-delta-sea macrosystems
  • Environmental monitoring
    • Black Sea pollution detection
    • Black Sea maritime surveillance for fisheries detection
    • Drought characterization for Danube basin
    • Sediment dynamics characterization for Danube/Black Sea
    • Danube Delta Wetlands Monitoring system
    • Characterization of waste discharges into Danube drainage network
    • Analysis of chemical contamination risk for Danube drainage network
    • Customized climate resilience support information (Carpathian Convention)
    • Balkan Land Degradation
    • Urban expansion and habitat fragmentation for Balkan region
    • Optimized Data Collection, Exchange and Analysis
    • Integrated monitoring approach for WFD
    • Interoperable data collection and analysis capability for WFD/MSFD/MSP
    • Improved in-situ data collection systems