Plentzia, Bilbao, Spain

14 - 16 June 2016

Summer School

Goal and Scope

Marine environments are highly vulnerable and influenced by a wide diversity of anthropogenic and natural substances and organisms that may have adverse effects on the ecosystem equilibrium, on living resources and, ultimately, on human health. Identification of relevant types of hazards at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale is crucial to detect their sources and origin, to understand the processes governing their magnitude and distribution, and to ultimately evaluate and manage their risks and consequences preventing economic losses.

The SCHeMA Summer School, held at the marine station PIE - UPV/EHU of Plentzia, Bilbao, Spain ( between 14th and 16th June 2016, was aimed at providing a detailed view about remote sensing solution for in situ high resolution mapping of a range of anthropogenic and natural chemical compounds that may have feedback (synergic) interaction: toxic and/or essential Hg, Cd, Pb, As and Cu trace metal species; nitrate, nitrite, and phosphate nutrients; species relevant to the carbon cycle; volatile organic compounds; potentially toxic algae species and toxins.

The courses presented the following topics: Nutrients and species relevant to the C cycle; Trace metals; Organics, VOCs; Algae, biotoxins; Microtechnology; Environmental regulation and monitoring; Data management.

Invited speakers (click the name for more info): Nestor Etxebarria, Jörg Schäfer, Luis Angel Fernandez, Véronique Séchet, Luis Liz-Marzan, Ingrid Puillat, Patrick Gorringe.

Programme and Schedule




9:00 - 10:00

Introduction Lecture

The oceans and us : resources, monitoring,
sustainable development.
M.L. Tercier Waeber

3. Nutrients, carbon cycle

I. Experimental approach to the investigation on
acidification on estuarine systems
L.A. Fernandez
S. Developing ion sensing strategies
for aquatic systems analysis.
E. Bakker

6. Environmental regulation and monitoring

I. Monitoring of the European coastal sea: needs, means and challenges.
I. Puillat, L. Delauney
S. Sampling approaches for trace contaminants in seawater.
E. Magi

10:00 - 11:00

1. Organics, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

I. Analysis of microorganic legacy and emerging pollutants in marine environments.
N. Etxebarria
S. Mid-Infrared Fiberoptic Sensors for Water Quality and Water Safety Monitoring Florian Luxenburger

4. Algae, biotoxins

I. Harmful algal blooms and toxins in European marine coastal waters.
V. Séchet
S. Fluorescence as a tool to identify harmful algea blooms.
I. Klimant

7. Data management

I. Global Ocean Observing System: past present and future
P. Gorringe
S. SCHeMA Sensor Observation Service.
P. D’Angelo

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30

2. Trace metals

I. Trace metals in the environment micronutrients, classic/emerging contaminants or technology-critical elements? J. Schäfer
S. Trace metal speciation: from laboratory to in situ measurements.
M.-L. Tercier-Waeber

5. Microtechnology

I.Hybrid nanomaterials for biosensing
L. Liz-Marzan
S. From nano to macro...microtechnology solutions for sensors and microfluidic systems development.
M. Fighera

Round Table

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14:30 - 16:00 Practicals
Group A - P1; Group B - P2; Group C - P3; Group D - P4; Group E - P5;
Group C - P1; Group D - P2; Group E - P3; Group A - P4; Group B - P5;
Group E - P1; Group A - P2; Group B - P3; Group C - P4; Group D - P5;
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Practicals
Group B - P1; Group C - P2; Group D - P3; Group E - P4; Group A - P5
Group D - P1; Group E - P2; Group A - P3; Group B - P4; Group C - P5;
Group work
18:00 - 19:30 Wine terrace
Wine terrace
Wine terrace
I - Invited speaker; S - SCHeMA partner; P1 - Practical Organics, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); P2 - Practical Trace metals; P3 - Practical Nutrients, carbon cycle; P4 - Practical Algae, biotoxins; P5 - Practical Data management;
A detailed description of the SCHeMA Summer School contents can be found here