http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/2020/news/formulation-of-an-action-programme-for-the-integrated-management-of-the-shared-nubian-aquifer/a89ec895303ee901fe0e67a34887030c Assessing Our Oceans by ? last modified Mar 07, 2014 Much of the scientific research conducted today on marine environmental protection focuses on studies about the condition of the continental shelves. A workshop recently held at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco provided an opportunity for marine experts to discuss recent scientific findings on a range of open ocean pollution topics. Members of the Task Team on Pollution of the Open Ocean, under the aegis of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Protection (GESAMP), participated in the workshop which was held from 25 to 28 February 2014. Michail Angelidis of the IAEA Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory (MESL) and Harmut Nies of the IAEA Radiometrics Laboratory (RML) also joined the Task Team during the 4-day workshop. At the workshop, the task team examined environmental assessments, scientific reviews and the wider scientific literature for different categories of contaminants. These included: carbon and ocean acidification; persistent organic pollutants (POPs); nutrients, mercury and other trace metals; radioactivity; marine debris; oil; and noise. The team also highlighted information gaps and scientific uncertainties that constrain assessments of particular substances and materials, putting particular regard to their significance to human health and for the marine environment of the open ocean. Rick Boelens, Chairman of the GESAMP Task Team on Pollution of the Open Ocean, highlighted the importance of the workshop, calling it an excellent "opportunity to review conditions in the open oceans."