Eutrophication: A new wine in an old bottle?

Type Article
Date 2019-02
Language English
Author(s) Le Moal Morgane1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Gascuel-Odoux Chantal2, Menesguen Alain3, Souchon Yves4, Etrillard Claire5, Levain Alix6, Moatar Florentina4, 7, Pannard Alexandrine8, Souchu Philippe9, Lefebvre AlainORCID10, Pinay Gilles1, 4, 8
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS, OSUR, Rennes, France.
2 : INRA, Agrocampus Ouest, UMR SAS, Rennes, France.
3 : IFREMER, Lab Ecol Benth Cotiere, Brest, France.
4 : Irstea, UR RiverLy, Lyon, France.
5 : INRA, Agrocampus Ouest, UMR SMART, Rennes, France.
6 : INRA, UMR Lisis, Marne La Vallee, France.
7 : Univ Tours, GEHCO, Tours, France.
8 : Univ Rennes, Ecobio, CNRS, Rennes, France.
9 : IFREMER, Lab Environm Ressources, Nantes, France.
10 : IFREMER, Lab Environm Ressources, Boulogne Sur Mer, France.
Source Science Of The Total Environment (0048-9697) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2019-02 , Vol. 651 , N. Part.1 , P. 1-11
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.139
WOS© Times Cited 546
Keyword(s) Eutrophication, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Algae bloom, Land-sea continuum, Diffuse pollution

Eutrophication is one of the most common causes of water quality impairment of inland and marine waters. Its best-known manifestations are toxic cyanobacteria blooms in lakes and waterways and proliferations of green macro algae in coastal areas. The term eutrophication is used by both the scientific community and public policy-makers, and therefore has a myriad of definitions. The introduction by the public authorities of regulations to limit eutrophication is a source of tension and debate on the activities identified as contributing or having contributed decisively to these phenomena. Debates on the identification of the driving factors and risk levels of eutrophication, seeking to guide public policies, have led the ministries in charge of the environment and agriculture to ask for a joint scientific appraisal to be conducted on the subject. Four French research institutes were mandated to produce a critical scientific analysis on the latest knowledge of the causes, mechanisms, consequences and predictability of eutrophication phenomena. This paper provides the methodology and the main findings of this two years exercise involving 40 scientific experts.

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Le Moal Morgane, Gascuel-Odoux Chantal, Menesguen Alain, Souchon Yves, Etrillard Claire, Levain Alix, Moatar Florentina, Pannard Alexandrine, Souchu Philippe, Lefebvre Alain, Pinay Gilles (2019). Eutrophication: A new wine in an old bottle? Science Of The Total Environment, 651(Part.1), 1-11. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :