Risk Assessment of the pollution caused by rivers and discharges in coastal areas

CPoRT in Rodos

15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST 2017) was held in Rodos, Greece from 31st August to 2nd of September. CPoRT team participated with submitted paper named „New screening tool for obtaining concentration statistics of pollution generated by rivers in estuaries“ which includes the research background of the CPoRT along with its usage by stakeholders at previously conducted workshops. On behalf of the research team and collaborators, Morena Galešić presented the paper within the section Marine Environment and Coastal Management. The paper may be found in the Conference Proceedings.

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CPoRT goes on

Official duration of the project CPoRT was finished in October 2016., however, the CPoRT team continues the networking, dissemination of the results and further research in transport of pollution generated by rivers in coastal waters. These activities are supported by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy Split. The application itself has been somewhat updated according to comments of the stakeholders’ workshops, and it was uploaded to the web site.

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Announcement about the final conference and CPoRT workshop

Yesterday, CPoRT project finalized its activities within the implementation period in a form of a final conference and a workshop. Representatives of various stakeholders in the aspect of water resources management in coastal areas were invited to the workshop, so we had the opportunity to host the employees of the Department of Public Health, Water Supply and Sewerage Company in Split, \"Sunce\" association, Dalmatian counties, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, \"Neretvanski sliv\" company, \"Akvedukt\" company and, certainly, colleagues from the other constituents of the University.


The event was divided into two parts: the first in the form of a conference opened by dean Boris Trogrlić, associate professor Ph.D., and was accompanied by two short lectures relevant to the project in the context of sustainable development and sustainable management of water resources in the coastal areas by Prof. Roko Andričević, Ph.D., and Prof. Snježana Knezić on topic regarding the further project applications and opportunities at national and centralized level. Moreover, the members of CPoRT team Morena Galešić and Ph.D. Vladimir Divić presented the results and significance of the project in the first half of the event.

     

The second part of the event which took place in the computer room was a type of hands-on workshop where participants had the opportunity to test the CPoRT application under the guidance of the team. Since the application is designed to be light and user friendly the participants quickly mastered the use of the same. They dealt with the example of Žrnovnica river and its estuary where they have learnt how to extract the results and images, and then completed the survey for the necessary feedback.

    

Discussion on the project topic partly broke out after the presentations, which were actually participants\' experiences regarding the activities in the area of sea and pollution protection. Very active conversation continued during the coffee break as well. The workshop was held after the break.

Upon completion of the workshop a very interesting gathering was continued with a special banquet at the restaurant of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy in Split, where other members of the faculty joined and made contacts essential for the further maintenance of the project results, primarily the use of CPoRT application, but also the potential partnership for new projects.

 

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Announcement about final workshop

On Thursday September 22 at 10am, the final workshop of the project HR.3.2.01-0262 - Risk assessment of the pollution caused by discharges in rivers and coastal areas, CPoRT (Coastal Pollution Risk Tool) will take place at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy in Split. Representatives of various stakeholders in the context of water resource management in coastal areas, and potential users of computer application developed in the project will be invited. After a brief introduction to the objectives and results of the project, participants will have an opportunity to use the application and participate in the discussion on the application and usefulness of the same, and comment on potential upgrades for future research.

              

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Publication of scientific paper

The scientific methodology that has been developed and tested as a part of the HR.3.2.01-0262 - Risk assessment of the pollution caused by discharges in rivers and coastal areas, CPoRT (Coastal Pollution Risk Tool) has received a review and approval of the international scientific community through the publication of scientific article in prestigious journal for water resources - Advances in Water resources. Article was accepted in June and published in August 2016 and can be found at the following link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309170816301713.

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