© 2008, Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution
For bibliographic purposes this document may be cited as:
BSC, 2008. State of the Environment of the Black Sea (2001 - 2006/7). Edited by Temel Oguz. Publications of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (BSC) 2008-3, Istanbul, Turkey, 448 pp.
This document has been prepared with the financial assistance of the European Union.
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Cover design: Nilufer Akpinar
Cover images: Photos of Mnemiopsis leidyi and Beroe ovata by Ahmet E. Kideys; Satellite images are from EC-Joint Research Centre, Global Environment Monitoring Unit Ocean Colour Archive, http://oceancolour.jrc.ec.europa.eu/; as presented in Fig. 2.4.8a of this report.
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More than 60 prominent scientists working on the Black Sea ecosystem have contributed to this report. Despite this is the most comprehensive report on the State of Environment of the Black Sea for the period 2001-2007, limitation in the systematically collected data and indicators, makes a conclusive inference difficult on the real state of the ecosystem of this sea.
Chapter 1, within two sub-chapters, presents introductory information on the Black Sea physico-chemical characteristics and geology/history. Chapter 2 deals with one of the most important problems of the Black Sea, the Eutrophication. Chapter 3, dealing with Chemical Pollution, has several subchapters of different pollutant groups. Radioactive pollution is dealt in Capter 4. States of phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrophytobenthos, zoobenthos are presented in Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8, respectively. The fisheries is the subject of Chapter 9 and mammals of Chapter 11. Socio-economic pressures and impacts are included in Chapter 11. The overall assessment of the report summarizing all these issues is given in Chapter 12.
Contributions to Chapter 4 were provided with partial support from the International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Co-operation Project RER/2/003 for "Marine Environmental Assessment in the Black Sea Region.
Thanks to UNDP/GEF BSERP Project personnel and earlier Permanent Secretariat staff for their support at the initial stages of the preparation of this report, all authors and especially to the chief editor Prof Temel Oguz for their scientific contributions, to the Advisory Group members of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution for their comments, Mr Kiril Iliev for formatting, Ms Nilufer Akpınar for preparing for printing and all other organizations and people who kindly provided data, information and other input. Special thanks go to Dr Violeta Velikova, not only for her personal scientific contribution in the entire report, but also for her organizational and thorough efforts making compilation of this comprehensive report possible.?
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