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The information in this text is a Technical summary of the work undertaken in the EU FP6 project AquaTerra (Project 
number GOCE 505428), which ran from June 2005 until May 2009. The aim of this technical summary is to provide a concise
account of the range and nature of the work undertaken in the project relating to the subject of CONTAMINANTS: the
intention is to make the work of AquaTerra more accessible to a wider audience. This document should be read with
a view to following up the work it describes in more detail through the specific project deliverables, which if publically
available can be downloaded from the main project website:, or from the wide range
of peer-reviewed literature that has been generated by the work. The published work of relevance to this subject
area is also available via the ATOIS portal

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A wide range of contaminants are transmitted to and transported within river basins in a range of forms and they can 
pose a threat to flora, fauna and human health, as well as to the functioning of the environmental system as a whole.
The study of contaminant transport and behaviour under a variety of conditions, including global change, is the
core of AquaTerra work. Understanding how contaminants are transported through the river basin system, how they
are transformed, the compartments they are stored in, the quantity of contaminants stored, the conditions that
cause their release and how these conditions are affected by change at a range of scales are fundamental questions
that are addressed, in part, by AquaTerra sub-projects. The majority of work undertaken in the BIOGEOCHEM, TREND,
FLUX and COMPUTE sub projects relates to the subject of contaminants to some extent.

This summary is divided into two sections; the first describes the work undertaken in relation to the quantification
of contaminants, while the second describes work undertaken to improve understanding of contaminant behaviour
in the environment.

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