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IMAR-CMA develops fundamental and applied research on marine and environmental sciences, with the main focus on coastal ecosystems and river catchment areas. IMAR-CMA pursues international excellence standards and the need of providing scientific and technical answers to solicitations from public and private entities with regard to: a) environmental quality evaluation and management; b) design and development of ecological conservation strategies; c) eco-toxicological test and environmental risk assessment of chemical substances; d) optimised use of water resources.
IMAR-CMA is presently organised in six R&D Lines:
Main research activities involve:
a) baseline studies and monitoring of wetlands, estuaries and coastal marine ecosystems;
b) long term ecological research and application of the ecosystem services approach to integrate the ecological and economic perspectives;
c) investigation on processes governing energy and nutrients transferences in freshwater ecosystems and associated landscapes;
d) animal-plant interactions and pests control;
e) investigation on behaviour of natural depositional systems in fluvial basins, estuaries, and near-shore to marine environments;
f) investigation on sources, fate, routes of exposure, and effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors and their mitigation or management solutions at all levels of biological organization;
g) investigation on hydraulics and hydrology to solve problems of fluid mechanics and water resources;
h) ecological modelling and its utilisation in management applications, with particular reference to integrated coastal zone management.