RN IV: Hazards assessment and technology for a changing environment
RN IV addresses the relationships between the quality of both terrestrial and marine environment and their bearings on the well-being of humans as well as the development of new green technologies compatible with the preservation of habitable environment. It is structured around 4 key tasks:
- Stressors - old and new threats:
Relationships between the hazardous effects of traditional and emerging stressors and different levels of biological organization (genes, proteins, tissues and ecosystems) together with stressor transmission to the human population.
- Biomarkers and biological indices
Develop stressors’ biomarkers and biological indices to be used by environmental managers assessing hazard levels and environmental impacts, and for the development of alternative risk assessment procedures.
- Trigger algal blooms
Definition of the physical/chemical triggers of algal blooms creating health risks in coastal and freshwater bodies.
- Technology for energy harvesting
Development of new technologies of energy harvesting such as tidal turbines or biofuels production from indigenous Mediterranean plants (e.g. carob).