COMECOM (COntaminants Métalliques dans l’Environnement COtier Méditerranéen)

The program Comecom-Mermex has been funded for two years (2014-2015) by the Envi-med project, a french cooperation program (


The main objective of Comecom-Mermex is the training of scientists, dissemination of knowledge and the sharing of expertise concerning the cycles of trace metal contaminants in the Mediterranean coastal area and their impacts on the marine ecosystem. It will aim to highlight the mechanisms, sources and common or specific impacts observed on the different sites that will be investigated, and bring these questions to an unusual spatial scale for a better understanding of the impact of coastal anthropogenic inputs across the basin. It will also participate to the methodological development of laboratories by allowing the realization of various metal analyses on up-to-date equipment and the exchange of know-how on sampling (technics, sampling strategy), analytical development (electrods) or data treatment (modeling). It is related to the axis 3 of the Mermex-Chantier MISTRALS program (Land-ocean interactions in the coastal zone). The first meeting will take place at the end of September in Aix-en-provence and Toulon.


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French PI: Olivier Radakovitch (CEREGE, Univ. Aix-Marseille); Cédric Garnier (PROTEE, Univ. Toulon)


Main partners : Chiara Santinelli (Istituto di Biofisica, Pisa; Italia);  Mostefa Bouladid (ENSSMAL, Alger, Algeria) ; Carine Abi Ghanem (CNSM-CNRS, Batroun, Lebanon) ; Dario Omanovic (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia).