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The SOLUTIONS project: challenges and responses for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management.

  • Brack, Werner1
  • Altenburger, Rolf2
  • Schüürmann, Gerrit2
  • Krauss, Martin2
  • López Herráez, David2
  • van Gils, Jos3
  • Slobodnik, Jaroslav4
  • Munthe, John5
  • Gawlik, Bernd Manfred6
  • van Wezel, Annemarie7
  • Schriks, Merijn7
  • Hollender, Juliane8
  • Tollefsen, Knut Erik9
  • Mekenyan, Ovanes10
  • Dimitrov, Saby10
  • Bunke, Dirk11
  • Cousins, Ian12
  • Posthuma, Leo13
  • van den Brink, Paul J14
  • López de Alda, Miren15
  • And 29 more
  • 1 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 2 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 3 Foundation Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 4 Environmental Institute, Koš, Slovak Republic.
  • 5 IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 6 Institute for Environment and Sustainability - IES - of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre JRC, Ispra, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 7 KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 8 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 9 Norwegian Institute for Water Research NIVA, Oslo, Norway. , (Norway)
  • 10 Laboratory of Mathematical Chemistry - Asen Zlatarov University, Bourgas, Bulgaria. , (Bulgaria)
  • 11 Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology, Freiburg, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 12 Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 13 National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 14 ALTERRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 15 Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC, Barcelona, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 16 Faust & Backhaus Environmental Consulting, Bremen, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 17 Brunel University, Institute for the Environment, London, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 18 Brunel University, Institute for Bioengineering, London, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 19 Flemish Institute for Technological Research VITO, Mol, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 20 Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 21 WatchFrog, Evry, France. , (France)
  • 22 University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia. , (Serbia)
  • 23 MAXX Mess-und Probenahmetechnik GmbH, Rangendingen, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 24 Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques INERIS, Verneuil-en-Halatte, France. , (France)
  • 25 Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 26 Synchem UG & Co. KG, Felsberg/Altenburg, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 27 University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 28 University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 29 International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River ICPDR, Vienna, Austria. , (Austria)
  • 30 Dynamic Extractions, Slough, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 31 State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China. , (China)
  • 32 RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 33 Masaryk University - Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Brno, Czech Republic. , (Czechia)
  • 34 Mermayde, Bergen, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 35 Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle (Saale), Germany. , (Germany)
  • 36 Hammerbacher GmbH Consulting & Facilitation, Osnabrück, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 37 University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 38 KOCMOC.NET Design Agency, Leipzig, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 39 University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 40 The University of Queensland, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox), Brisbane, Australia; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. , (Australia)
  • 41 University of Campinas, Limeira, Brazil. , (Brazil)
Published Article
The Science of the total environment
Publication Date
Jan 15, 2015
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.143
PMID: 24951181


SOLUTIONS (2013 to 2018) is a European Union Seventh Framework Programme Project (EU-FP7). The project aims to deliver a conceptual framework to support the evidence-based development of environmental policies with regard to water quality. SOLUTIONS will develop the tools for the identification, prioritisation and assessment of those water contaminants that may pose a risk to ecosystems and human health. To this end, a new generation of chemical and effect-based monitoring tools is developed and integrated with a full set of exposure, effect and risk assessment models. SOLUTIONS attempts to address legacy, present and future contamination by integrating monitoring and modelling based approaches with scenarios on future developments in society, economy and technology and thus in contamination. The project follows a solutions-oriented approach by addressing major problems of water and chemicals management and by assessing abatement options. SOLUTIONS takes advantage of the access to the infrastructure necessary to investigate the large basins of the Danube and Rhine as well as relevant Mediterranean basins as case studies, and puts major efforts on stakeholder dialogue and support. Particularly, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) working groups, International River Commissions, and water works associations are directly supported with consistent guidance for the early detection, identification, prioritisation, and abatement of chemicals in the water cycle. SOLUTIONS will give a specific emphasis on concepts and tools for the impact and risk assessment of complex mixtures of emerging pollutants, their metabolites and transformation products. Analytical and effect-based screening tools will be applied together with ecological assessment tools for the identification of toxicants and their impacts. The SOLUTIONS approach is expected to provide transparent and evidence-based candidates or River Basin Specific Pollutants in the case study basins and to assist future review of priority pollutants under the WFD as well as potential abatement options. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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