88359 - Early Warning Tools for the Biomonitoring of Offshore Installations

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Clean water and sanitation Climate Action Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the learner knowledge about the environmental biomonitoring strategies adoptable to assess the potential impacts arising from offshore activities (exploration, production and decommissioning), addressing in particular early warning tools.

Course contents

Marine pollution and potential contaminants from oil and gas platforms: a general view

Integrated biomonitoring: Lines of Evidence (LoE). Main features of LoE 1: Chemical analysis

LoE 2: Bioaccumulation. The Mussel Watch experience

LoE 3: Eco-toxicity tests

LoE 4: Early warning tools (biomarkers) applied in the laboratory

LoE 5: Early warning tools (biomarkers) applied in situ

Tools for data integration



Several scientific papers will be uploaded on IOL for students' readings. Some will represent the most recent literature on the topic of oil and gas platform biomonitoring; others will be the pillar publications in the field. 

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons

Assessment methods

Written exams with open questions

Teaching tools

Power point slides, papers from international scientific journals

Office hours

See the website of Elena Fabbri